Little ways to beat the blues

By Devi Santosh With the festive season already a distant memory, and most of us getting back into our daily routine, January can be a particularly bleak month. Combined with shorter days, dreary weather, failed New Year’s resolutions, tight purse strings after the Christmas splurge, AND a Monday to boot, it’s no wonder that the…

World Alzheimer’s Month

By Vanessa Chance As September draws to a close, it is also the end of World Alzheimer’s Month, where Alzheimer’s charities and groups around the world campaign to help fight the disease. This year’s theme is the power of knowledge and the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to learn more about dementia. From my own…

Consumers get the (health) bug

By Joanna Kent The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted consumer behaviours, accelerating trends we’ve seen develop in recent years. From the mega boom in online shopping while the doors of retail stores were closed, to the rise of home-baking as consumers channel their inner Paul Hollywood, and the increase in e-gaming as people switch to…

Racing for capacity

By Simon Gentry A ‘huge spike’ in the number of people seeking tests is behind the widely reported difficulty some are having accessing test and waits for test results.  Children returning to school and the resulting spread of coughs and sneezes – even before the weather changes – is at least one important factor believed…

Education and health worries cloud the government’s summer break

By Simon Gentry, Newgate Public Affairs This is English A-Level results week and the government, having quite enjoyed Nicola Sturgeon’s agony over the last week, are beginning to realise that they may be in for the same pain. Oh, and the teaching unions are deeply unhappy about plans for schools to reopen in September. And…

Work from Home / Play from Home?

By Isabelle Smurfit, Executive As the weeks drag on in lockdown, it’s only natural that anxieties are building at home. We know from our experiences the stress of juggling work with looking after kids, not to mention home schooling.  But, of course, lockdown also affects young people and their mental health. Luckily, charities are stepping…

All by myself…

By Samantha Pogson, Senior Consultant As I walked out of the office on Friday 13th March, little did I know what I was about to experience. You could simply say it has been a roller-coaster of emotional and personal examination since. As an Australian set up in the UK, I live half-way around the world from…

Coronavirus: responsible communications

By Charlie Ansdell “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” Winston Churchill Over the past few weeks, organisations have dusted down their business continuity and emergency response protocols to deal with the impacts of Coronavirus. While communications and reputation may not have been the first focus of organisations coming to grips with alternate working…