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Expo Real 2017

In Insight by James Whitmore

Arguably the second most important European property conference after the world renowned MIPIM conference in the South of France, Expo provides a very different user experience, which is noticeable right from the outset. No long registration process, no queues to enter the venue and this year, as in previous years, a palpable buzz of property people trying to do business. …

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Article 50: How long will Brexit take?

In Insight by David Cracknell

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish. That was basically the message from the mammoth nation of Greenland when it left the EU in 1985. Its exit negotiations, although complicated by relations with Denmark, had taken just three years; but their main interest was cod and it never exactly had any problem with immigration or calls for big contributions to …

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Notes from MIPIM 2017

In Insight by James Whitmore

As a journalist, I had a love-hate relationship with MIPIM, the annual global real estate conference in Cannes. I loved leaving grey, chilly London in March for the sunny and glamorous Mediterranean resort. Well, who wouldn’t? But I hated the packed diary, the need to write reams of copy for the paper in London and the pressure to find stories …

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Mining Indaba 2017 outlook: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

In Insight by Jos Simson

Next week Cape Town will once again play host to the annual Mining Indaba, a significant bellwether event for the state of the mining industry. Last year’s gathering was set against a backdrop of a sector in serious financial distress made worse by a bleak outlook. Column inches were dedicated to speculation as to whether several iconic FTSE100 miners would …

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Gauging the impact of Brexit: don’t throw all your eggs into one economic model

In Insight by Tony Cooper

Gauging the impact of Brexit: don’t throw all your eggs into one economic model Author: Tony Cooper In a previous blog, we claimed that Brexit shows up serious issues relating to economic analysis, forecasting and government policy choices. The economic modelling that had been done was focused on the long term effects of Brexit and the consequential impact of changing …

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What is Financial PR?

In Insight by Niall Walsh

What is Financial PR? 20 October 2016 Author: Niall Walsh Financial and corporate PR is an industry which has received its fair share of negative press, and is sometimes the subject of sneering remarks surrounding ‘spin’ or ‘puff’. It is also, however, undeniably effective when done well. We live in an era where public information can fly farther and faster …

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Today’s headlines will be wrapping tomorrow’s Fish and Chips

In Insight by James Verstringhe

These days, unless you try to mitigate the reputational impact, the best you can hope for is that your moment under the spotlight is displaced from page one of the search results page (SERP) by the next ‘juicy’ crisis as soon as possible. Fishandchips The problem of course is that the internet doesn’t forget and by the time you’ve been …

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Shortening attention spans and your PR strategy

In Insight by James Verstringhe

There is a lot of evidence out there to support the view that our brains are adapting to cope with the quantity of information we are bombarded with on a daily basis, but what does this mean for your communications strategy? Our Brains JV (1) Some have gone as far as saying that our average attention spans have shortened. Indeed …

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World Economic Outlook 2016

In Insight by Tony Cooper

Apparently, Brexit has thrown a metaphorical spanner in the works from the standpoint of reducing annual growth forecasts not only for the UK economy (GDP down by 0.2 percentage points for 2016 to 1.7% and 0.9 points down for 2017 to 1.3%) but for the advanced countries collectively and even for the world economy (down by 0.1 percentage points in …