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Why won’t press releases die?

A few months ago executive director of government communications Alex Aiken said the press release was dead and that issuing press releases was just tele-sales. He has a point, the press release has been with public relations for a long time – since 1906 in fact when Ivy Lee, probably the founder of public relations, […]

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More meat needed for IFA sausage machine

Last week the consumer money regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), released some good news. Instead of the endless litany of Thematic Reviews, Section 166s, Arrow Visits and fines that Her Majesty’s Financial Services Industry is used to, the FCA released the numbers of financial advisers registered to conduct business in the UK. Following the […]

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Why does it always rain on banks?

Last year the Government launched the Funding for Lending Scheme, designed to stimulate the economy by making loans cheaper. This week’s it was revealed that aside from Barclays, all of the other banks who signed up to the scheme – Lloyds, RBS and Santander – are actually lending less than in June last year. The […]

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Tax, to pay or not to pay? That is the question

Tax, to pay or not to pay? That is the question

Tax is a difficult subject. No-one really likes to pay it, but there is a grudging acknowledgement that the nation needs taxes to maintain public services and all that. Since Jimmy Carr’s immoral behaviour towards tax returns and Chris Moyles’ attempted tax (not sex) based super-injunction, trying not to pay tax is now a ‘bad’ […]

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Client trust and service key as IFAs become more distant from fund managers

Client trust and service key as IFAs become more distant from fund managers

Amidst a continuing backdrop of investment volatility, much publicised reputational challenges facing the financial services industry and the ongoing increase in regulatory oversight, Four Broadgate has undertaken its fourth Practical Intelligence Barometer, with marketing agency Fundamentals, to gauge the views of investment focussed financial advisers Over 30 in depth interviews were conducted with advisers and […]

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Science and PR combine for once

Science and PR combine for once

In an earlier version of myself I was a science teacher at Stoke Newington School in North London. While I no longer teach young people about the wonders of photosynthesis turning CO2 into sugar and how Kreb’s Cycle generates energy for animals by metabolising the carbohydrates created by photosynthesis, I still maintain a keen interest in science […]

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When do you replace a manager (football or fund)?

When do you replace a manager (football or fund)?

I, for my sins, follow Arsenal Football Club as some of my colleagues, for their sins, follow Chelsea Football Club. The water cooler chats following some awful results for both sides have inevitably centred on the effectiveness of each team’s manager; the vastly experienced Arsene Wenger and the other extreme, a manger who is younger […]

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