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  • General Election Briefing – 4 essential things for organisations to consider

    May 23, 2024

    Whatever your views on the timing of the Prime Minister’s decision to call a UK General Election on 4th July, we are now in the throes of a campaign where many expect a Conservative defeat at the polls and the first Labour administration for 14 years. Do you feel prepared to navigate the campaign period ahead and make the most of a new Parliament and Government? Please read our briefing attached which outlines four essential...

  • Democracy in 2024: Influence in an election year

    May 2, 2024

    We hosted the first event of our FHFuture Series - Democracy in 2024: Influence in an Election year; Implications and Watchouts for Business.  Among the speakers were journalists, influencers, youth and industry regulatory experts who each contributed unique and insightful perspectives from their industries and beyond. With the help of FH’s Head of News, Pete Meikle, Head of Public Affairs, Liam McCloy and the Consumer Team’s Nina Bautista, they delivered a fascinating discussion on topics...

  • Platinum CMS Award

    March 13, 2024

      We are delighted to have not only passed PRCA Communications Management Standard (CMS) assessment for the 20th year running, but to have been awarded to Platinum CMS holder! We are one of three agencies to have received this award and it demonstrates our commitment to upholding ethical and professional standards in public relations.   The PRCA senior leadership team commented on our efforts below:  “This is the 20th time FleishmanHillard have completed CMS and this...

  • Changing Communications Tack at Mobile World Congress

    February 21, 2024

    The last time I attended Mobile World Congress, it was before the iPhone had been launched in Europe. The world of telecoms – and PR – was very different. Pretty much every publication in the region sent a host of tech reporters, and the job of the PR was hosting 30+ briefings on stands where booth babes were still a standard accessory.  Fast forward to 2024, and comms at MWC is a very different story...

  • What we learned from our panel discussion on sustainability regulation and communications in 2024

    January 30, 2024

    It’s difficult to do justice in just one blog, to a one-hour conversation with four experts that covered the highs and lows of sustainability communications, but in the following words we certainly try! On Thursday 25th we hosted, Justine Grimley from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Louisa Humm from Chivas Brothers, Alex Lawson from The Guardian and our very own Holly Rouse, to talk about the future of sustainability regulation and communication in 2024. The...

  • The year in politics – five political trends that will carry into 2024

    January 8, 2024

    If a week is a long time in politics, then 2023 felt like a decade. The political landscape was tumultuous across the year, marred by a series of political scandals and no fewer than seven parliamentary by-elections, only one of which the governing party won. These past events, though, will now be viewed through the lens of this year’s general election bringing with it a very real prospect of a change of government – the...

  • Many UnHappy Returns – why the marketing and communications industry needs to rethink the employee experience for staff who’ve taken a career break

    January 2, 2024

    My 25-year career in comms has been punctuated by several breaks. Some were my choice – two spells of maternity leave and a sabbatical after my dad died. Others were circumstantial – redundancy and furlough. But what was consistent every time I returned to work was the truth in ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.I was gagging to get back. Of course, there was the self-doubt that comes from ‘being out of the game’ for...

  • Rishi’s Year in Review: Results, Revolts, and Rwanda

    December 18, 2023

    Rishi Sunak’s 2023 has undoubtedly been filled with challenges. Indeed, at points it has seemed as though every new week has presented a new hurdle for his premiership. But given the current economic situation, the Prime Minister may feel resentment not to be enjoying more success. Inflation is down, borrowing is down, and the economy is seemingly growing – all things which under normal circumstances would contribute towards electoral popularity. Yet the Labour Party continue...

  • 2023 Autumn Statement: does it ‘get the job done’ or is it ‘too little too late’?

    November 22, 2023

    Today (22.11.23), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP  delivered the Government’s Autumn Statement to Parliament, saying he wanted to unlock investment, reward work and  grow the economy.  Containing over a hundred measures, the Chancellor felt he had reason to be positive: inflation is down, borrowing is down, and economic growth was better than expected. As a result, he had greater freedom to pursue the economic policies he believes in. Hunt currently looks set...

  • Big pharma gets a big brand boost

    November 20, 2023

    Many pharmaceutical companies are choosing this moment to rebrand, and the results signal a welcome new creative direction for the industry. Until a year ago, pharma was the one of the last bastions of safe, characterless branding. The only thing distinguishing most companies was the name. And why not? Pharmaceutical companies barely needed to promote or differentiate themselves from their competitors. Most industries live and die by how they respond to changing times, but people...