Covid Qualms, G7 and Flight of the Concordes

Covid Qualms   In recent days Boris Johnson has come under increasing pressure to delay the easing of lockdown, which has been scheduled for the 21st June. The UK wide R number, which is critical to understanding the growth of the virus, has risen, suggesting the virus is circulating more freely in society. Public Health England also announced on Twitter that […]

Discord in Downing Street and over Europe

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Dominic Cummings Boris Johnson’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, was called to give evidence on the government’s handling of the pandemic by the science and health joint committee. In his evidence, he claimed Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been fired for ’15 or 20 things’, including for lying to the PM and then Cabinet […]

Supporting our new client, Wildanet, in providing super-fast, super reliable broadband in Cornwall

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We’re very pleased to say that we will be supporting Wildanet’s provision of superfast, super-reliable broadband to homes and business across Cornwall. Wildanet’s work presents the county with a great opportunity to ‘level up’ its infrastructure and tackle digital exclusion. Their targeted approach to levelling up will improve livelihoods, spread opportunity and drive economic growth […]

Fears about the Indian variant and a ceasefire in the Middle East

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Indian Strain The Indian variant of Covid-19 is unsettling many in Whitehall. Just as Boris Johnson was announcing the relaxation of Covid rules across England, others, primarily SAGE scientists, were raising their concerns over the new variant. The new, highly transmissible, mutation is most prevalent in Bolton, where local authorities have broken with government advice […]

Logistics: Delivering communications in a changing media world

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Having provided communications counsel to the distribution industry for the best part of 30 years, I’ve always been amazed by the limited airplay that the logistics sector receives in the media given its business-critical nature to UK PLC and companies globally. Whilst there have been, and still are, transport correspondents on the national media, they […]

The Queen’s Speech, election fallout and trouble in the Middle East

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The Queen’s Speech The Queen’s Speech outlined a number of government priorities for the coming year. In a stripped down version of the traditional ceremony, the Queen appeared without the pomp and ceremony that usually surrounds this event. Opting for a Bentley over bloodstock and a hat instead of the crown.   The priorities for this […]

How to avoid digital burnout in the workplace

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During Mental Health Awareness week, one of our newest clients, Just Ask Max, the first digital well-being platform, offers advice on how employees can avoid digital burnout. Reduce digital distractions We’re bombarded with so many notifications across all our devices that it’s almost impossible to stay focused.  On average, we check our emails every 37 […]

Mental Health Awareness… Are we really paying attention?

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“The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret…” These are the words of Kevin Briggs, a survivor of attempted suicide. The BuzzFeed video is just a small insight into how someone’s mental health can develop into an illness and eventually be a risk to life, but those words stayed with me […]

Smith Square Special: Election results and what they mean

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Mayoral Results As widely predicted, Sadiq Khan (Labour) won his second term as Mayor of London rather comfortably. He won 55.5% of the popular vote after heading into a run-off with Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey. In third place was Green Party candidate, Sian Berry. Further down the scoresheet were the Liberal Democrats who lost their […]

Super Thursday: History repeats in Gloucestershire – Tories hold firm

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After eleven years in National government, the Conservatives at all tiers of local government in Gloucestershire would typically have closed their eyes and waited for the inevitable electoral kicking. But these are not normal times with the Labour Party fighting Tory tanks on northern lawns and the Lib-Dems still flatlining in Westminster. The Conservatives in […]