Battle of the departments as PM appears to back gas support loans

By James Surallie After a very public spat over the weekend, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng looks to be on the verge of securing government support for energy-intensive industries hit by soaring gas prices. Yesterday, Kwarteng – who had been accused by a Treasury source as “making things up” following interviews on Sunday in which he…

Advice to schools on navigating the new normal

By Alex McCready, Director – Head of Reputation & Privacy at Vardags and Guy Smith, SEC Newgate March 2020 and the world literally stopped as Covid-19 swept around the globe. The unthinkable happened. Boris Johnson announced that schools would close to all but key workers. Children and parents were faced with the prospect of being restricted…

Why engagement, not divestment, is key to decarbonising the planet

By Andrew Adie If you’re an oil major then you’re probably not expecting to get a lot of Christmas cards this year.  Divesting from ‘Big Oil’ is the mantra for many activists and ESG focused investors. However, I think we need to be careful what we wish for in this approach. We may not like…

Countdown to COP

By Andrew Adie The Road to COP26 was never going to be entirely smooth and this week has seen some significant potholes emerging. Queues at petrol pumps, panic buying and rising gas prices have on one hand made the case for electrification stronger (including seeing a spike in interest for EV cars) yet have also…

Rising gas prices hit us all in the pocket

By Paddy Kent I was so pleased with myself when a comparison site signposted me to join Utility Point in January 2021. Pat on the back for finding the very lowest prices on offer and locking in those prices for 12 months. Household spending spreadsheet updated. Paperwork filled away in the lever arch. Forget about…

It’s always sunny in Manchester

By Fraser Raleigh Sunshine may sometimes be hard to come by in Manchester, but it’s rarely far from a Boris Johnson speech.   At the end of a relatively uneventful and policy-light conference, the party faithful were sent back to their constituencies with the clear instruction to ignore the dark clouds on the horizon and once again back Boris to transport them…

Wouldn’t lose myself in that book if I were you…

By Eva Rana As overstimulated creatures of this century, we seem to have convinced ourselves that ‘losing oneself’ in the pages of a book is a sign of meaningful engagement with its merits. After all, any analogue object that manages to focus our fickle attention spans must warrant high praise. Guilty of similar proclamations myself,…

Paving the way for high-growth tech firms to list in Singapore

By Eunice Lim, SEC Newgate Singapore If there is something in common between gaming hardware maker Razer and consumer internet giant SEA, it is that they have both opted to list offshore, although they were founded in Singapore and maintain strong links to our city-state.  The Singapore Exchange or SGX has seen a spate of…

Everyone’s Invited – School Safeguarding

By Alex McCready, Director – Head of Reputation & Privacy at Vardags and Alistair Kellie, SEC Newgate One of the most serious crises that a school is likely to ever face is around safeguarding. The recent media coverage of the allegations made by people on “Everyone’s invited” has alerted schools around the country to the…