Archived Newsletters

We have been sharing regular newsletters (now Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs) since the initial lockdown last year which include updates on the latest Government advice and articles relating to our clients key sectors and areas of interest. To subscribe email hello@secnewgate.co.uk

Shirley Williams – remembered

By Mark Glover I first got to know Shirley Williams at the Eastbourne By-Election in 1990. I had been involved in student politics in the SDP since 1985, when I joined the SDP at Newcastle University, but in 1990, I was the elected National Chair of the Student Democrats, working out of the Lib Dem…

How do you solve a problem like Crimea?

By Rebecca Coleman The hills are alive with the sound of music. If by hills, you mean the eastern Ukraine border, and by music you mean the sound of almost 107,000 Russian troops on it. Described by the Russian state as a ‘training exercise’, this week has seen the build-up of troops, war vehicles and…

Is necessity the mother of healthcare innovation?

By Simon Gentry We’ve known it was going to happen and figures released today have laid it bare – as we emerge from the pandemic, the NHS is facing another profound crisis.  Before the crisis started 1,600 people were waiting longer than a year for elective surgery.  The figure today stands at 388,000.  In total…

Does big tech have a responsibility to prevent online scams?

By Gareth Jones Most of us will be familiar with the fake texts and emails sent by fraudsters. I, for one, am regularly contacted by “HMRC” “HSBC” and “Barclays”, as well as people claiming to be my mobile and/or broadband provider and Royal Mail. Usually, they invite me to click on a link, that –…

‘Happy Campers’ – a real oxymoron in my mind

By Jessica Hodson Walker And it all started on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award practice expedition.  A weekend without sleep, a pulled knee ligament and a phobia of tents is what comes to mind when someone says “DofE”. Having been driven to Wales on a wet, dreary Saturday in the middle of winter, in a…

Tokyo 2020: 100 days to go… or not

By Harry Brown As we look forward to a packed sporting summer where postponed major sporting events from 2020 are set to go ahead, perhaps none have quite had the momentum taken out of them like the rearranged Tokyo Olympics. With coronavirus still ravaging parts of the globe, and an Olympic brand that is increasingly…

England Unlocks

By Tiffany Burrows Yesterday saw the latest easing of restrictions in England. Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons reopened and pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars are back serving food and drink outdoors. Gyms and leisure centres have opened their doors and pools and non-essential shops are once again welcoming customers. Outdoor attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens and drive-in cinemas are also permitted.  So what other joys…

A necessary inquiry into lobbying

By Mark Glover David Cameron once predicted lobbying was ‘the next big scandal waiting to happen’. He was correct – in a way –  though he probably never thought he would be at the centre of it. Although the former Prime Minister’s actions did not break the very narrow rules around consultant lobbying as defined…