The power of trees

By Tiffany Burrows The snap of a branch. The rustle of leaves. The creak of the bark. If you listen carefully, you can hear it, can’t you? Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had an affinity with trees. Tall ones, short ones, green ones, golden ones, bare ones; I love them all. It’s the majesty of them, the timelessness, the stability,…

Letter from Berlin

By Dr Björn Weber, SEC Newgate Germany The grey, damp November weather has Berlin firmly in its grip, which is not a bad thing, because it fits well with the general mood: after a reasonably relaxed summer, the pandemic has returned to the scene with a vengeance. Political mistakes, the avoidance of painful decisions against…

The Battle of Bexley and Sidcup

By Laura Griffiths Throughout December, political parties within the Westminster bubble are going to be tested in several ways – not just by sleaze, standards, and questions over secret Christmas parties, but with two by-elections, taking place in North Shropshire and Old Bexley and Sidcup. The first of these tests is the Old Bexley and…

Radio is going through its own redemption

By George Esmond It seemed the shower went ice-cold; the kettle wouldn’t boil; and the car failed to start as the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 lost signal for twenty long minutes on Monday morning. Our love for the radio – an invention which has provided us with audible pleasure for nigh on a…

Unum appoints SEC Newgate to raise its profile in the UK

Leading employee benefits provider Unum UK has appointed integrated communications agency SEC Newgate to raise its profile in the UK. Unum UK offers financial protection through the workplace including Group Income Protection, Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover and Dental Insurance — serving what’s typically known as the ‘Group Risk’ market — and is committed to…

One small step for Labour, one giant leap for Keir Starmer?

By James Surallie Following weeks of bad news for the government, and the Conservatives’ popularity plummeting in the polls, Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer MP orchestrated an extensive reshuffle of his top team. After a somewhat rocky start to the reshuffle in the morning, with Deputy Leader Angela Rayner claiming that she was not “consulted”…

Letter from Spain: Is Spain Doing Well?

By Elena Gallego (SEC Newgate Spain) The answer to this question could generate more than one economic debate among experts, beyond a brief YES or NO. With the Government highlighting the good pace of recovery for the Spanish economy and the opposition showing a very pessimistic alternative scenario, really knowing how the economy of Spain…

The UK’s IPOs are no turkeys

By Bob Huxford Yesterday the Financial Times reported that Half of this year’s big IPOs are trading below listing price. The story suggests this is a terrible outcome for IPO investors, but if the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) is to be believed, you might expect roughly half of IPOs to be trading below listing price…

Purpose on Payday

By Sophie Morello It’s been an historic month. We have witnessed the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted, culminating in the Glasgow Climate Pact which keeps the 1.5C global warming target alive (just), but only if carbon reduction plans go further and current commitments are met. It was not the world-saving finale we had all hoped for at…