For anyone on furlough – or for those who find themselves made redundant – finding a way back to work after time out can be tough.
Recently, I saw a video of former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, reflecting on the racism faced by his parents in the UK, in which he breaks down in tears.
If ever there was a job offer to avoid, it’s as the spokesperson leading Boris Johnson’s proposed daily televised briefings. And, god forbid, if the aim is to ape what Trump repeatedly demonstrates is a patently bad idea, the PM has not thought this through.
Matt Hancock threw local governments under the proverbial bus with messaging on new lockdown restrictions that lacked clarity and left residents in my home town feeling anxious. This was a failure in crisis communications.
It’s the end of July. Many of us have now been working from home continuously for 20 weeks. So how are comms professionals doing after nearly five months of this enduring crisis?
What are the three most important things we know about election campaigns? First and foremost, they don’t change anyone’s mind.
It forced me to cancel my wedding, but COVID-19 has proved the resilience of all police communicators
Everyone has their own story to tell about this exceptional time in our living history, sometimes desperately sad, sometimes just frustrating, but we are lucky – or unlucky, depending on how frazzled you are feeling – in policing communications to have a had a unique insight into the pandemic as it unfolded.
The ‘Let’s get going’ Government information campaign is now all but unavoidable.
Even though companies are now looking at getting back into the office post-lockdown, the road to normality feels like a long one.
New social media channels are constantly entering our ever-evolving media landscape.
From the editor-in-chief: "The workplace is becoming the 'wokeplace'." Growing employee activism can create challenges
In my blog last week on ‘the China question’ I touched on the growing sense that employees will take a stand on their own employer’s activities, even its view on big political issues.
It may seem hard to believe, but the UK’s banks were once held in the highest regard.
It sounds counterintuitive, but if you have been thinking about creating your own PR agency or going solo, then now is a great time.
How the beauty industry will get better by doing better.
“Tim, we’ve decided to adapt your role in a strategically streamlined way.” Do people really speak like this when announcing job losses to their colleagues?
The basis of the modern PR agency is a well-trodden path. In essence, leveraging an established base of media contacts, knowledge and strategy to sell media relations to clients at a decent margin has been the route to success.
From the editor-in-chief: ‘The China question’ is starting to have a big impact on PR pros, in both the UK and US
The major comms story this week has been the escalating war of words between the West and China, symbolised most acutely in the commercial world by Huawei being removed from Britain’s 5G network plans.
How you influence political decision-makers has evolved over the years, but in recent times it has changed dramatically, catalysed by the coronavirus experience.
The PR industry has always been a sucker for a good imperative. 'Just Do It', 'Make Poverty History', 'Think Different' to name just a few.
Recession, maybe even depression, looms. Curtains for corporate action on sustainability, surely? Cut the fluff. Heads down. Focus on the bottom line. Think again.
From the editor-in-chief: Corporate comms now has ‘key worker’ status - but is Finsbury's merger what crisis-hit firms need?
After four months of the COVID-19 crisis at least one area of marketing and communications is looking even stronger than it was before.
It's not often a chief executive receives positive feedback after announcing a 25 per cent cut in their company's workforce.
What do a vicar, a tapas bar in Swindon and fearsome political journalist Andrew Neil have in common?
The coronavirus has been a massive test of whether firms that talk the talk on 'purpose' can walk the walk. In general, UK supermarkets have passed with flying colours.
Dominic Cummings: the strategist who was the most successful in the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union; the person who tapped into a pulse of dissatisfaction with ‘metropolitan elites’ to help win the 2019 general election; and, of course, Boris Johnson’s chief adviser – the man the Prime Minister apparently could not afford to lose.
Insurance firm Hiscox has built an impressive brand over the past decade, which made it the insurer of choice for many small firms, including PR agencies.
In the battle of the UK corporate big beasts, one stood above all others as PRWeek's Flop of the Month.