Letter from Paris

By Gauthier Bencheïkh These days, everything Covid-related you may hear about in the City of Lights revolves around disillusionment and resilience. Indeed, disillusionment is currently numbing everyone’s mind, as Paris is being locked down a third time. Yes, a third time! Though rumours at the timing of writing have this lockdown only to be a…

Newgate and Newington merge to form SEC Newgate UK

SEC Newgate S.p.A., the insight-driven global strategic communications group that works at the nexus of business, politics, communities, markets and media, today announces two further key steps, in line with its Strategic Plan, to create a fully unified, powerful global communications brand. With immediate effect, its two largest UK agencies, Newgate Communications Ltd and Newington…

Letter from… Berlin

By Leo Keutner, Kohl PR & Partners (Part of SEC Newgate) Strange: in Berlin the sun is shining as if it were July and the Berliners are enjoying the late summer. In hip districts like Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Neukölln, the bars and cafes are packed to the last seat and people laugh, eat, drink.  But the…

Letter from… Manchester

By Chris Midgley As we head towards more restrictions at a national level, in Greater Manchester we have had local restrictions in place for several weeks. Despite this, infection rates have been rising – with Tameside General Hospital accounting for one third of all deaths in England from COVID-19 last week. Anecdotally there seems to…

Letter from… Madrid

by F. Javier de Mendizábal, CEO ACH (Part of SEC Newgate) The news in Spain is far from being good. The spread of Covid-19 is driving a deteriorating economic and social situation, State and corporate debt and GDP. Moreover Government decisions dominated by a very difficult to explain conglomerate of socialist, communist and nationalist parties are also pretty…

Letter from… Sydney

By Matilda Hartwig Reporting in from the Great Southern Land where the weather is starting to warm and we are beginning to emerge out of what has felt like a very long winter.  Since the last time we checked in, a second wave of infection has wreaked havoc over the state of Victoria, where our…

Letter from… Rome

By Maurizio Maione, Vice President SEC and Partners, Rome This week five and a half million students have returned to their classrooms for the first time since early March.  A milestone for our country as it struggles with the uncertainties of the coronavirus. It seemed that every spokesperson for every organisation felt the urge to…

Letter from… Cardiff

By Sian Jones As Wales enjoys a final flourish of late summer weather, it feels almost inconceivable that a second coronavirus lockdown could soon be on the horizon. Yet that’s exactly what the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, announced this week, as face masks finally became mandatory in Welsh shops and Wales’ own version of…

Letter from… Abu Dhabi

By Shaimaa Aly, Newgate Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, my beautiful home, is still isolated from all other Emirates until now! It feels like years since I wast able to see family and friend who live in Dubai and Sharjah due to the restrictions. It has been very frustrating; however, it is doing everyone a huge favour…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Newgate Manchester Greater Manchester is in a precarious situation. The city has slowly been coming back to life, however, the combination of rising COVID-19 cases and local lockdowns is impacting its re-emergence. Just today, Bolton has seen its restrictions tighten, with the hospitality sector set to close its doors and the re-introduction…