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  • FleishmanHillard Fishburn wins Integrated Agency of the Year at the 2019 PRMoment Awards

    April 9, 2019

      Last week, FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) won Integrated Agency of the Year at the 2019 PRMoment Awards against a number of strong competitors. The agency was also a finalist in the Large Agency of the Year category along with being shortlisted for campaigns with Samsung for Health, Beauty, Retail and Fashion Marketing Communications and Thomson Reuters Foundation for Corporate Purpose. “It gives all of us great pride to have won Integrated Agency of the Year...

  • Uncharted Waters: Unlocking the Latin American Opportunity

    April 2, 2019

    Over the past 20 years we have witnessed a series of efforts by British politicians to reinvigorate the once great trade and diplomatic relationship between the UK and the countries in Latin America. But even with repeated attempts to generate bilateral investment, partner on foreign policy and collaborate on development and aid, has anything actually changed? In 2010, the then-Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered a speech at Canning House designed to kick off a new...

  • A new era of investor activism, a force for change?

    March 19, 2019

    Why ESG is the next big thing for shareholder engagement Investor activism is nothing new by any stretch of the imagination, having been personified by the siege antics of 1980s Wall Street caricatures. However, since then, there is growing evidence that shareholder activism has achieved acceptance as a legitimate investment strategy. For years, corporate boards and management have faced the daunting challenge of responding to and fending off threats from shareholder activists. Typically, this describes...

  • When Businesses Shout

    March 18, 2019

    (Phil Riggins, CEO & Founder, Brand Reputation Collective; Inge Wallace, Managing Director, European Association of Communication Directors; Paul Reza Afshar, Head of Purposeful Business, FleishmanHillard Fishburn) At a roundtable we co-hosted with the European Association of Communications Directors, we asked the UK’s leading communications professionals some big questions on purpose. Here's what they had to say... A new era of corporate democracy? The strongest point of consensus for our participants was that purpose can’t be a...

  • Reputation in an age of outrage

    March 15, 2019

    Reputation is increasingly an online phenomenon. That’s not to say reputation is only relevant online, or that it’s wholly built and destroyed online, but rather that it’s now largely mediated online. By this I mean that the choice of focus, the framing and speed of issues and the casting of villains and heroes happens first online, before being hashed out in newspapers, on broadcast and in politics. This is because the media agenda, and subsequently...

  • A Summary of the 2019 Spring Statement

    March 13, 2019

    This lunchtime, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement in the Commons. His speech pinpointed the Government’s achievements on growth and jobs while warning about the “cloud of uncertainty” following last night’s Brexit vote, which he said could jeopardise the UK’s economic recovery and exhaust its cash reserves for public services.   In summary: Hammond argued that the economy had “defied expectations” and was forecast to grow 1.2% in 2019 – lower than the 1.6%...

  • TechMunch: The role FinTech has to play in supporting female entrepreneurs

    March 8, 2019

    Women account for 27% of the world’s wealth – a statistic shared by Inez Murray, CEO of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, at a panel session during the RFi Global Business Banking Summit just last week. However, she also told us that female entrepreneurs are the most dissatisfied with financial services. Why? From the first-hand experience of Suzanne Brock, founder of Nutriment, it comes down to three key things: education, personalisation and agility. If...

  • The Future of UK Foreign Policy: Rebuilding the domestic reputation

    March 6, 2019

    The reputation of the UK’s future foreign policy can be compared to a professional sports team. Its success will be a result of two things: the tactics and performance on the pitch and the reputation and support it has within the stands. Aside from the challenges posed to the performance on the pitch, which will be explored later in this series, the second challenge for the UK’s future foreign policy is the garnering of domestic...

  • Uncharted Waters: The Future of UK Foreign Policy

    March 6, 2019

    Once the UK departs from the EU, the government will embark on its pursuit of ‘Global Britain’. Whilst the impact upon the UK’s foreign policy will be profound, countless questions about how it will prioritise its roles and responsibilities in the world remain unanswered. The government defined its Global Britain vision as ‘reinvesting in the UK’s relationships, championing the rules-based international order and demonstrating that the UK is open, outward-looking and confident on the world...

  • Mobile Digest 2019: Day Four!

    March 1, 2019

      On the final day of MWC, the pace slackens a little. The painkillers are spent, the foot balm finished and it’s time to think of home. When was the last time you saw your family? It’s all lost in the blur of Las Ramblas and hall after hall after hall of conferences and exhibitors and press conferences. It’s time, maybe, to reflect on some of the conferences and panels during the four days of...