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  • COP26 Wrap-up: Five Priorities for Climate Engagement in 2022

    December 3, 2021

    Seizing the Post-COP26 Communications Mandate After an intense two weeks at COP26 in Glasgow, the world’s climate advocates, scientific experts and policy gurus have earned a welcome respite. But as stated repeatedly by attendees, the hard work is just beginning. That’s even more true for the private sector, which will be expected to lead the charge to develop new technologies, improve supply chains, and make even greater commitments to cut their carbon footprint. So how...

  • What lessons can businesses learn from COP26?

    November 18, 2021

    Lessons from COP26 After two long weeks of intense talks, debates, and negotiations in Glasgow, COP26 finally came to an end last weekend. For the private sector, this COP has been unlike any other. The role businesses play in contributing to climate change has become so apparent that it is now necessary for them to become leaders in tackling the issues. So, what lessons can businesses learn from COP26? What are the key takeaways? 1...

  • COP26 Preview: Answering the call to action, or putting climate solutions on hold?

    October 29, 2021

    In the twenty-three months since COP25 concluded in Madrid, the climate crisis has become ever-present in our lives, with devastating floods, scorching heat waves, frightening fires, increased weather extremes, and evidence of the growing impact upon nature. Forces could align at COP26 in Glasgow to agree on tangible, game-changing solutions, or could leave the world further behind in the fight to stop the changing climate. As we enter what may be a contentious, challenging two...

  • Budget 2021: Sunak buoyed by Budget forecasts

    October 27, 2021

    Sunak buoyed by an improving economic outlook Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget 2021 statement to a packed House of Commons claiming his stewardship of UK finances had delivered a stronger than anticipated economic recovery. This, he argued, allowed the Government to invest billions in public services and avoid significant tax rises. A confident and assured Chancellor framed his Budget 2021 statement as an opportunity to draw a line under 18 months of extraordinary Treasury intervention...

  • Green Trade Deals: The UK Must Use Free Trade Agreements to Fight Climate Change

    October 26, 2021

    With just over a week until the start of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, the UK government will have been disappointed to see headlines touting the leaked civil service document stating that the signing of new free trade agreements (FTAs) should not be contingent on environmental measures being observed. Although this should come as no great surprise to those who have paid attention to the negotiating patterns of “Global Britain”, it is nonetheless...

  • Four ways to fine-tune COP26 communications to maximise impact

    October 18, 2021

    With COP26 in Glasgow just two weeks away, companies and organisations are finalising plans for COP26 communications and public affairs activity. It is important that they prepare for the shift that will occur in the days before and during the summit, as journalists, political stakeholders and other influential figures redirect their focus from corporate engagement to a singular emphasis on climate negotiations.  The UK Government has introduced a high degree of commercialisation to COP26, and companies have recognised...

  • FleishmanHillard UK expands international trade and foreign direct investment capabilities with new appointment

    October 12, 2021

    FleishmanHillard UK has boosted its international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) offer with the appointment of Tim Harding, who joins from the UK Department for International Trade (DIT). At the DIT, Tim was a specialist in foreign trade, investment and economic development into the UK, with a focus on Asian markets, and brings more than a decade of government experience advising on trade policy, inward investment and international business opportunities for the UK and...

  • Beijing’s CPTPP mischief is another headache for Washington in the Indo-Pacific power struggle

    October 12, 2021

    Over recent weeks headlines have been full of the announcement of the AUKUS defence partnership. In an unsurprisingly rapid response China, the unspoken target of the new submarine capabilities in Oceania, announced their application for accession to CPTPP. Although they had previously made no secret of the ambition to apply to this multilateral agreement, with full awareness of the irony that it had been originally created to contain their regional economic dominance, it was nonetheless...

  • Previewing the Conservative Party Conference 2021

    October 3, 2021

    By Tomos Davies, director As Conservatives gather this week for their annual Conservative Party Conference 2021, the first in-person meeting since Boris Johnson’s triumphant 2019 general election victory, they do so against a turbulent and uncertain political backdrop. As Britain’s forecourts run dry, the cost of living spirals, and with warnings of a winter of discontent on the horizon, Conservatives congregating in Manchester will hope for a dash of that fabled Johnsonian tonic to banish...

  • Labour Conference 2021 Round-up: Five things we learned

    September 30, 2021

    Labour Conference 2021: Starmer slays the Corbyn dragon, but will he now resonate with the public? Four days of Labour Conference is quite enough Conference for most. However, I hugely enjoyed being back amongst party members, MPs, peers and the wider business community for the first in-person Labour Conference since 2019. It’s safe to say that Brighton 2021 was a mixed bag for the party, but there are clear signs that Labour is now once...