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  • Brexit Day: What next? Views from across our network

    January 31, 2020

    The view from London Boris Johnson’s election victory changed everything. But uncertainty for business remains. On 12 December 2019, Brexit went from parliamentary standoff to executive-led inevitability. Johnson has a clear mandate to “Get Brexit Done”, and for a short moment, there has been a semblance of clarity about Britain’s future. Today brings that moment to an end. From a British point of view, the path forward is no longer a domestic dispute. The Prime...

  • Davos Digest 2020: Issue Four

    January 24, 2020

    Finally, it's over! Is it us or is it just exhausting watching the endless proclamations from companies that really should have done a lot more, a lot sooner? Oh. To be fair, this year has been a welcome relief from the empty promises of yesteryear. Finally, there is something to get our teeth into. Yes, we had slightly gimmicky gestures as a group of young activists were invited to the hallowed slopes but we also...

  • Davos Digest 2020: Issue Three

    January 24, 2020

    Look at the colleague sitting next to you, and rate how important they are on a scale of one to seven. Then tell them. Awkward, right? Well, yesterday we learned that WEF organisers secretly categorise their elite delegates numerically from one to seven based on their “position level.” To be a ‘one’, think top executive or head of state. Two? Senior executive or prime minister. Feel then for poor Ivanka Trump who was apparently a...

  • Davos Digest 2020: Issue Two

    January 23, 2020

    On Wednesday the rich, the powerful, and thought leaders young and old woke up to another glorious day in Switzerland packed full of more photo ops, backroom backslapping and heated debates on the key topics of the day. President Trump continued to steal the spotlight on WEF day 2, using the global stage to lambast his domestic political opponents – referring to his impeachment trial as a hoax. He also couldn’t escape the Swiss ski...

  • Davos Digest 2020: Issue One

    January 22, 2020

    Welcome to day one of FleishmanHillard’s Davos Digest 2020. The World Economic Forum 2020 is upon us, and once again the quiet Swiss ski resort of Davos is engulfed in a perfect storm of political intrigue, corporate PR announcements, and incongruous A-list celebrities – same story, different year, right? Wrong: tensions in the Middle East are at an all-time high, wildfires continue to overwhelm large parts of Australia, China is dealing with a slowing economy...

  • Rocking the boat – how can corporates lead with impact on ESG?

    January 15, 2020

    This week, Blackrock sent out a warning shot to CEOs around the globe who have been slow to act on sustainability issues, announcing it will double the number of sustainability-focused exchange traded (ETF) funds it offers to 150 and has vowed to cut companies that derive a quarter or more of their revenues from thermal coal from its portfolios. While Larry Fink’s annual letter to CEOs has become a staple in the pre-Davos calendar, this...

  • What does the 2019 UK General Election result mean for the food & drink industry?

    December 16, 2019

    With a Conservative Parliamentary majority not seen since the 1980s and a pledge that a Boris Johnson administration would govern in the interests of an entire nation, what does the UK General Election result indicate for the food and drink sector: Delivering Brexit – the industry will be relieved that the spectre of ‘No Deal’ Brexit on the 31st January 2020 is banished and the supply chain can organise itself accordingly. However, many in the...

  • 2019 General Election Analysis

    December 13, 2019

    Let’s be clear, this is a momentous election result that will, for good or ill, define the future of this country and our politics. To win a landslide after nine years in power, is a remarkable achievement for the Conservatives. It shows how successful Boris Johnson has been in repositioning his Party, achieving cut through to voters who have never previously dreamed of voting Tory. The result is arguably a slightly perverse vindication of Cameron’s...

  • Guiding principles for scaling culture during hypergrowth

    November 26, 2019

    Last week we hosted a private roundtable with some of the leading lights of the fintech world where we discussed the importance of culture in an organisation and the challenges of scaling culture during hypergrowth. A lively discussion ensued with the unwrapping of the pain points and some of the solves that have been deployed. While the event was under Chatham House rules we've compiled five guiding principles from our discussion to guide those interested...

  • When You Wish Upon a Star, Watch Out! The Fall of Star Fund Managers?

    November 14, 2019

    Consistent performance and better value top consumer expectations of the investment industry. Innovation ties with better value as the second highest expectation as consumers seek innovative investment opportunities and new tools to easily access their accounts. The implosion of stock picker Neil Woodford’s fund empire dominated the financial media in 2019 and has since raised significant questions for the UK’s fund management industry. But what does it tell us about the future for star fund...