FRC proposals on company reports are plain comms-sense

By Ian Morris The Financial Reporting Council published a discussion paper on Thursday setting out radical proposals on the future of corporate reporting that would see companies, among other proposals, split up their annual reports, provide additional information tailored to non-expert readers, and embrace technology to make reports more accessible. The FRC said its ideas…

It is time now for neo banks to enter the Matrix

By Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner After the Global Financial Crisis (‘GFC’) in 2008/2009, there was a flurry of neo or challenger banks which were established off the back of policymaker demand for greater competition and more flexible finance, both to individuals and businesses.  We’re all familiar with names like Metro, Starling, Revolut and Monzo which…

Truth, post-truth and reality

By Bob Huxford, Partner My advice has always been that you put honesty and integrity at the forefront of communications. Whether you are looking to build brand or investor loyalty, building trust is paramount. Spin, obfuscation or downright lies might help you dodge a bullet in the short term but in the longer run there’s…

Will your business be judged a Going Concern?

By Adam Lloyd, Partner Management teams currently engaged in the end of year audit process should be in no doubt that investors are expecting bad news. To avoid further damage to already battered share prices, companies need to get ahead of this early. The current crisis presents a significant challenge for companies hoping to publish…

Companies are changing – but their comms must keep up

By Ian Morris The Financial Times’ recently-launched campaign, ‘The New Agenda’, calls for a reset of the principles of capitalism, promoting stronger corporate purpose beyond just shareholder returns. It is not alone. In August, the chief executives of many leading US corporations signed up to a statement by the US Business Roundtable affirming their commitment…