Archive for April, 2024

Political Insider: Humza Yousaf resigns as Scottish First Minister

Posted on: April 29th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

Half a week is a long time in politics. Last Thursday, Humza Yousaf summoned Scottish Green Ministers Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater to Bute House and informed them that their party’s services were no longer required in his SNP minority Government, formally ending their 2021 power-sharing agreement (the Bute House Agreement). Just a week later, Yousaf has been forced to resign, admitting that he “clearly underestimated the amount of upset and hurt” that he caused the Greens. So how did ditching a party of 7 in a Parliament of 129 force Yousaf out?

Following the Scottish Government’s dropping of a key pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 203

0, the Scottish Greens announced they were going to put the Bute House Agreement to a membership vote. In anticipation of a negative result, Yousaf pre-emptively ditched the cooperation pact between them, sparking deep upset and anger within Green Party circles.

Spotting an opportunity, no confidence votes in the Scottish Government and Yousaf as First Minister were called by the Conservatives and Labour parties and backed by the Greens and Lib Dems. After doing the political arithmetic, Yousaf came to the conclusion that he wasn’t going to survive them and resigned, sparking off a leadership contest.

As it stands, there are several front runners to take over as SNP leader and First Minister: Kate Forbes, former Finance Secretary and runner-up in the 2023 SNP leadership contest, would represent a departure from the Salmond-Sturgeon dynasty with her socially conservative views. John Swinney, former party leader and Sturgeon’s deputy, is seen as a safe pair of hands by the party. Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Education Secretary, and Neil Gray, Scottish Health Secretary are also seen as potential candidates.

Yousaf has committed to staying on as First Minister until his successor is elected “as soon as possible”, having learnt a vital political lesson: always make sure you have the numbers.

Labour Analysis

Joshua Kaile, Public Affairs, Associate Director and former Labour Party advisor

After 17 years remarkable years of power in Scotland, today feels like it could potentially be the beginning of the end to SNP rule.

Just 15 months ago this would have seemed like an almost laughable proposition, but the fall has come about almost as sharply as their rise to total political dominance in Scotland.

Today’s resignation from First Minister Humza Yousaf was moving at times, with personal reflections and tears in his speech. He reflected on his political miscalculation last week that has seen the abrupt end to his brief premiership. He might have outlasted the lettuce, but he has ultimately been defeated by the Greens.

Humza appears to have fatally misjudged how much ill-feeling could come from his decision to terminate the Bute House Agreement between the SNP and their coalition partners the Scottish Greens. That misjudgement has ended his leadership, but it may have also irreparably damaged his Party, with no opposition group particularly keen to bail them out of the hole that has been dug.

Then there is the ongoing investigation into the SNP’s finances which has seen the former Chief Executive of the SNP, and husband to former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, re-arrested this month.

Labour are particularly keen to capitalise on the struggles in the SNP, both in Holyrood elections and Westminster. Earlier this month Labour overtook the SNP in Scottish Westminster polls for the first time since the independece referendum a decade ago, leading by 33% to 33%. The SNP were faring slightly better in Holyrood polls, leading Labour by 28% to 25%, but that is likely to change in light of recent events.

We are likely to hear Keir Starner and Labour in Westminster comparing the chaos in both the Tories and SNP, urging for elections in both Parliaments allowing for the puiblic to vote for change. Whilst there are clear differences between both, Labour will compare political leaderships that have been in power for 14 and 17 years respectfully, and now seemingly putting their party before the country.

The new leader of the SNP, whoever they pick, has an almighty task ahead of them to turn around the fortunes of the Scottish National Party with a resurgent Labour Party snapping at their heels.

Conservative Analysis

Mario Creatura, Director, Public Affairs and former Conservative Downing Street Special Advisor

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon built the SNP into a seemingly unstoppable political force, dominating Scottish politics with an iron grip on the electorate.

In that context, Labour were essentially locked out of Scotland – unable to win constituencies north of the border, they’d instead need to wrestle control of the Red Wall and Home Counties constituencies from the Conservatives to gain the keys to Downing Street.

That was until Humza Yousaf became First Minister. Elected in the midst of Sturgeon’s scandal, he was always going to find it difficult to lead an SNP/Green coalition in Holyrood.

His poor political decision-making and perceived weakness has boosted Labour morale in recent months, leading them to hope they could take a decent clutch of constituencies in Scotland, reducing pressure on the need to perform well in England.

With Yousaf gone, all eyes will be turned to who comes next. Will the SNP pick someone with the nationalist fire of Salmond and Sturgeon? Will they pick a powerful communicator with a nous for navigating the social issues at the heart of Scottish political debate? In short: will they pick someone that can help the SNP regain control of the narrative, and solidify their crumbling support in key constituencies?

This could be significant. If polls start to close when the election is called then Starmer failing to win as many Scottish seats as previously hoped might make all the difference to the size of his Parliamentary majority.

Whether it’s a speedbump on Labour’s drive to power, or a far more impactful obstacle to scale, will depend on who the SNP pick as the next resident of Bute House.

No pressure.

MHP will be keeping you up to date with the latest news and analysis in this important election year. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

 

IPO comms in focus: Media

Posted on: April 29th, 2024 by Alexandra Stamp

First up, former national business journalist Simon Evans explains why the power of the media should not be underestimated and how to maximise upside while managing potential risk.

Watch the video here:

You can also read the full episode here:

Why is Media important to the success of an IPO process?

As a former national business journalist, I’ve covered many IPOs. The power of the media or any process cannot be underestimated. The media can drive momentum during a listing, they can directly affect the price range, or they can kill processes dead in their tracks.

Working with the media starts with a story, and as with most things in life, the simpler the better. Journalists are increasingly time poor, having to write many stories in a day, and your IPO story will be one of these stories. Relationships are critical.

If you don’t know the journalists who are going to cover you during your process, you’re already at a big disadvantage. So be as transparent as you can be, be consistent, and as I say, keep it simple. No IPO process is ever perfect, but working closely with media, realising they have a job to do too, can yield really positive results in the end.

What should companies considering an IPO be thinking about in terms of media management and engagement?

The earlier that communication teams are brought into any process, the better. We work very closely with the company’s advisors, including bankers and lawyers, helping to craft communication strategies that really maximise the upside of any process, while also carefully managing any downside risks or threats too. News in an IPO very rarely breaks on the day you expect it to.

Leaked strategies are critical, but you have to be prepared for every kind of eventuality today. While we’re heavily focused on the media, leveraging our relationships with the press, we develop multi-stakeholder strategies, considering all different types of audiences that may have an interest in a process, whether they be policy makers, regulators, social media influencers, and beyond. In an era of increasing complexity, being simple carries more weight than ever. In an IPO process, this is even more important.

MHP is delighted to be partnering with the London Stock Exchange on its flagship IPO Forum on Thursday 9 May 2024. With a full afternoon of insights, panels, and networking, an expert team of legal, financial and communications advisers will join a host of private companies considering an IPO, as well as members of the investor community and recently listed businesses to discuss the IPO process and the challenges and opportunities of becoming a public listed company. Find out more here

International comparison proves the UK is a pioneer in tobacco control

Posted on: April 24th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

Following its initial announcement at Conservative Party conference last year, the legislation proposed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to gradually ban the sale of tobacco has passed its first vote in Parliament. 

Aiming to create a “smoke-free generation”, the proposals would take effect from January 1st, 2027 and prohibit the sale of tobacco to individuals aged 15 or under.  

This marks a pivotal moment in public health policy. Despite years of anti-smoking measures, more than 6.4 million individuals are still smoking in the UK, and it contributes to approximately 150 new cancer cases daily.  

The UK isn’t unique. Smoking is a huge burden globally, claiming over 8 million lives annually and remains the leading cause of premature death. To alleviate this burden, almost all governments have moved forward with anti-tobacco measures.  

When facing common challenges, countries rarely move in complete isolation. MHP’s Pressures and Perspectives report, published in 2023, highlighted how health policymakers regularly look to other countries and international bodies for policy inspiration, evidence and support.  

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has previously highlighted six countries’ plans to bring in “smoking bans”. Yet, since WEF originally catalogued these national plans in August 2023, some of these countries have backtracked or diluted their proposals.  

That looks unlikely to happen in the UK. 

The ban has significant support among voters of the three main parties, with 72% of Conservative voters, 76% of Labour voters, and 76% of Liberal Democrat voters expressing favour towards the initiative.  

New Zealand: From leader to laggard  

The announcement of the UK’s government’s plans last year drew comparison with New Zealand’s efforts, who on 26 July 2022, were the first country in the world to propose and subsequently pass a tobacco law to ban smoking for the next generation, with implementation planned for July 2024.  

This law was scrapped when a new administration prioritised cigarette sales revenue for tax cuts, sparking debate over short-term financial gains versus long-term public health benefits. This shift highlights the ongoing tension between economic interests and public health priorities in tobacco control strategies. 

In the UK, the scrapping of New Zealand’s plans led to a Telegraph headline ‘Sunak goes it alone’, with Conservative MPs on the right of the party calling Sunak’s plan ‘eccentric’. Clearly, some stakeholders in the UK are leveraging changes in direction in other countries to persuade the government to back down. 

Portugal: Half-measures? 

Meanwhile, Portugal has embarked on its own journey towards a smoke-free future by 2040, introducing legislation to  restrict tobacco sales to certain retailers and prevent the establishment of new smoking areas. However, the government has faced criticism and opposition from trade associations, with the national association of fuel retailers calling the plan unfair and disproportionate.  

Delays and changes to the legislation caused an intervention from national and international medical associations. They castigated the government for their historic inertia and misalignment with World Health Organisation guidance. 

Most of the proposed changes to Portugal’s tobacco law have faced delays following the dissolution of Parliament and subsequent election. Despite this, there have been new standards for heated tobacco products since January 16, 2024. The new (centre right) government is currently being sworn in and we will learn shortly whether Portugal will be more like the UK (where a centre-right Prime Minister is leading an anti-smoking charge) or New Zealand (where a centre-right Prime Minister has abandoned the ambitions of a previously left-wing government).  

Will the UK be a trend-setter? 

With rising costs from non-communicable diseases, particularly among lower-income countries, and the most deprived groups in higher-income countries, we can expect that other countries will be watching closely to gauge the impact of the smoking ban in the UK.  

Interviews with policymakers have shown that if above-country bodies like the World Health Organisation or European Union start to support such action – even without legally binding states – that will accelerate adoption.  

Regardless of its international impact, what is more certain is that the UK smoking ban will be implemented. Cross-party support means that a change of government is unlikely to have the same effect as seen in Portugal or New Zealand. 

 

Fintech unicorns in the waiting room 

Posted on: April 19th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

Fintech in Focus is part of The MHP Financial Services Pulse. 

This week’s gathering of the biggest players in UK fintech has offered a useful ‘check-up’ on the health of the sector.

The fintech ecosystem in the UK has been through a challenging 18 months with company valuations slashed, headline redundancy rounds announced, and question marks over paths to profitability. Despite the UK retaining its crown as the best location in Europe for fintech investment, this period has ‘spooked’ many – even some of those who have been the market’s biggest advocates in recent years.

Some suggest that the UK has lost its lustre for fintech during this period and is focusing too much on regulation while increasingly losing talent to Berlin and Paris. Yet, this pessimism was not shared by those attending the Guildhall this week with many seeing clear signs that the UK market is beginning to regain its confidence.

Underpinning this growing confidence, we are seeing two parallel story lines playing out simultaneously. One is being led by larger, more established players who have surfed the digital banking wave over the last two decades and are looking for support over the coming years to reach the exit door via an IPO. The second is the ‘billion dollar’ question that many are now asking: where will the next pocket of financial services innovation emerge in the UK?

For onlookers, notably, this week’s event started with the news that UK neobank Zopa Bank had turned a profit and was now eyeing an IPO in the next few years. This is revealing for a few reasons. First, it shows a rebound in performance with the sector’s relentless focus on profitability now starting to bear fruit for fintechs who have had to right-size their teams, refocusing as funding markets slowed. Second, Zopa is the latest fintech to join the IPO ‘waiting room’ which includes Starling, Revolut, and Atom Bank.

While fintechs are biding their time for the perfect window to list, the growing discussion around exit strategies – something rarely spoken of 12 months ago – highlights increased optimism at the top of the sector. This optimism is one motivation for Monzo, Revolut and others in the Unicorn Council for UK Fintech (UCFT) to call on the Government this week to ditch its tax on share trading. If the Government wants these firms to list in London, these firms are telling them that they will need some support to find the exit door.

On the second ask, the sector’s leaders are increasingly aware of growing competition between London and its EU rivals. Many know that innovation and technological development is key to keeping the UK market in pole position – this is becoming even clearer as the artificial intelligence opportunity grasps the sector. As a result, industry leaders are looking to old playbooks and new to find opportunities in the market.

In particular, the launch of an Open Finance Taskforce will provide recommendations to the UK Government on leveraging financial data to improve SMEs’ access to credit. This is a “quick win” for the industry, leveraging the UK markets strength and expertise in open banking. The Treasury also hopes that the upcoming National Payments Vision will further push the sector forward and create greater direction for the payment ecosystem.

But, to drive innovation forwards, you need knowledge and talent to enable technological development. Ernst & Young’s report on Monday that the sector’s boardrooms lack the AI ‘know how’ is a clear warning shot to policymakers and industry leaders that they need to do more attract and retain the best talent. EY’s research found that 47% of fintech CEOs believe their board lacks the essential skills and experience related to Generative AI.

Both of these discussions focus on how the sector can thrive over the next five years, and leverage the depth and maturity in the UK market. They also reflect growing criticism that the UK doesn’t have a joined-up approach to its fintech strategy. This echoes the sentiment of Revolut’s UK chief who yesterday noted that New York’s concentration of financial services talent posed a significant risk to the capital.

For the sector’s leaders and policymakers, creating a joined-up approach that compliments all the component parts of the sector and works with the wider financial services industry is key. Ultimately, this will dictate whether the next decade of fintech innovation in the UK will succeed, or if the sector needs stronger medicine.

If you would like to discuss in more detail, please email g[email protected]

Corporate Advisory & Capital Markets ESG Insights: April 2024

Posted on: April 17th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

In this latest iteration of MHP’s Corporate Advisory & Capital Markets’ quarterly ESG Insights newsletter, we take a look at the diverging perspectives on ESG matters from both sides of the Atlantic, particularly with reference to the upcoming AGM season.

We consider the ESG ratings system and the implications of increased regulation of this sector, and, finally, we examine the new ISSB’s IFRS S1 and S2 reporting requirements, and what their implementation means for corporate sustainability reporting.

We also feature market-leading homewares business Dunelm as our Client in Focus.

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If you would like to discuss any of the themes in the newsletter, or talk to a member of the ESG team, email [email protected].

MHP Group wins big at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 17th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are thrilled to share that we have won three awards at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024, including Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  and Professional of the Year (Agency)- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best campaigns, projects, agencies, in-house teams and individuals across sectors covering corporate, city, pharma, public affairs and beyond. The awards honour outstanding achievements and reflect the growing importance of corporate affairs within businesses and the multitude of disciplines and specialisms that sit under the remit of the modern in-house corporate affairs or communications director.

Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  

The win for Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms commends what has been a spectacular year of growth for MHP Group.

In 2023 we achieved 12.5% topline revenue growth for corporate and financial work in a challenging UK market, winning major clients including three FTSE250 companies, two FTSE 100s, four unicorns and two of the world’s leading investment funds. We also invested in new capabilities to deliver a truly integrated approach to corporate and financial challenges, adding Change and Employee Engagement to our offer and hiring a Head of Corporate Strategy to help investor relations leads build thought leadership and longterm reputation building programmes. We focused on adding value to our clients by developing new audience insights and positioning ourselves at the heart of key growth sectors, including fintech and the nuclear industry.

Professional of the Year (Agency) – Corporate and/or Financial Comms

Head of Strategic Media, Keith Gladdis, was last night named Professional of the Year (Agency) Corporate and/or Financial Comms. Keith leads MHP Group’s cross-agency media strategy, executive positioning and media training capabilities. This year, his key achievements include doubling revenues from media and presentation training and winning twelve major new media strategy briefs, including Bupa, Ofwat and RICS. Keith is also responsible for building and leading MHP’s Media Network, which brings together all of the agency’s editorial and journalist contacts, to enhance the agency’s connectivity and provide clients with unique media insight.

Best Use of Social Media and/or Influencers- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The team won this award for their campaign ‘Swipe left, invest right’ for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA wanted to engage with inexperienced investors dabbling with high-risk investments, so the team turned to the world of dating and encouraged investors to ‘invest how you date’, working with influencers from across both worlds. The selected talent worked from a brief to create Instagram grid posts, reels and newsletters to promote the campaign and encourage their followers to an in-person event. Alongside over 100 pieces of coverage across national, broadcast, trade and consumer media, the talent content saw 63 ‘saves’ and 60 swipe-ups to the campaign landing page. This was the first time the UK’s regulator had engaged directly with its target audience; a radical new approach and one that has set the stage for future campaigns.

We were also Highly Commended in two categories: Best Integrated Agency, and Best Crisis or Issues Management for our Health teams work with Bupa.

The win follows our recent shortlist for the CIPR Excellence Awards where we are nominated for 12 awards including Best Event, Best Use of Content and Specialist PR Consultancy of the Year.

Political Insider: Overview of the Innovate Finance Global Summit

Posted on: April 16th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

The Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) celebrated its tenth anniversary this week with leading fintechs, policymakers and investors coming together at London’s Guildhall to discuss the future of UK fintech. Yesterday – the first day of the two-day summit – saw the Prime Minister make an appearance, albeit via video message, to herald the ‘power of technology to make life better for everyone’.

One of the leading themes this year was innovation, and how to encourage technological development through a suitable regulatory environment that provides effective consumer protection. The keynote speakers from Westminster – Bim Afolami MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and Tulip Siddiq MP, Afolami’s Labour Shadow – certainly reinforced the theme throughout their presentations.

For Siddiq, her speech earlier this afternoon was another opportunity to showcase Labour’s vision for financial services, and to woo the sector. Labour’s positioning of itself as the party to be trusted with the economy was reflected in her call for industry to contact her with ideas for Labour’s first 100 days in office… although, it may also be argued this shows the Party is desperate for ideas on how a fiscally constrained Labour administration can achieve its central mission of economic growth.

Day one – 15th April

Bim Afolami, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, gave the opening keynote speech of the day. He highlighted the might of the UK fintech sector, which attracted nearly $5 billion in investment in 2023 (second only to the US). With 86% of digitally active adults in the UK using fintech services, Afolami emphasised the government’s recognition of the sector’s potential to drive economic growth and job creation

To support innovation, the government is developing a regulatory framework for financial data sharing based on fairness, partnership, and safety, and is considering recommendations from the Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT) on open finance. Moreover, Afolami announced the formation of the Open Finance Taskforce (whose inaugural meeting took place at IFGS 2024), the upcoming publication of the National Payments Vision (due before the summer recess, in mid-to-late July), and the government’s focus of putting in place legislation for regulating stablecoin by July 2024 – while emphasising the Conservatives’ commitment to creating a regulatory environment that protects consumers while allowing firms to innovate

The keynote speaker Sarah Breedon, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, outlined how the Bank is preparing for the radical changes in money and payments that are being driven by rapid technological innovation, aiming to harness the benefits while ensuring consumer safety. This summer the Bank will publish a discussion paper on the payments landscape to gather input and encourage greater collaboration with industry players – the findings from which support HMT’s work in setting out a National Payments Vision.

In other headline news from the day, Innovate Finance’s Unicorn Council for UK FinTech published its six recommendations for policymakers which are designed to maintain the UK’s leading global position in fintech. Core recommendations include the abolition of Stamp Duty, a rethink to regulation, broadening of the tax R&D scheme and business asset disposal relief. The Council also called for updates to the EMI and EIS schemes, as well as the introduction of a VAT-rebate scheme for early stage fintechs.

Day two – 16th April

Today, Tulip Siddiq, Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, outlined Labour’s vision for the future of the fintech sector, reiterating the commitments made in the Financial Services Review published in January. A Labour government would provide greater support for international firms to set up in regions across the UK, as well as a skills plan to support, among others, women in fintech.

On regulation, Siddiq echoed the sentiments made by Afolami the day before – that regulation must allow firms to innovate. An effective regulatory environment would help deliver regional growth and empower consumers, and a Labour government will seek to streamline regulation and update the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) 10,000 page regulatory handbook. Moreover, Labour would establish a Regulatory Innovation Office to ensure accountability and transparency in regulatory performance, particularly concerning secondary competitiveness objectives, as well as identifying overlaps in the mandates of different regulators. Finally, Siddiq said Labour would introduce regulation for the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) industry, reflecting the Party’s commitment to consumer protection.

Other leading news from the day is the speech from the chair of the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), Aidene Walsh, who provided her reflections on the last year at PSR. She highlighted how 10% of all fintechs currently reside in the UK, outstripping the number in all EU countries combined. This is predicted to increase to 12% by 2030, provided the regulatory environment remains favourable. Ensuring regulation encourages innovation and growth is a core focus of PSR and it is working with industry leaders to achieve this.

Walsh discussed the substantial progress the UK has made on encouraging the adoption of Open Banking, such as HMRC recently making history by becoming the first tax authority in the world to integrate Open Banking into its systems. She also mentioned PSR’s work with FCA to promote change and innovation in the retail payment sector, noting her ambition for Open Banking to create effective competition to cards and retail payments. Walsh also stated her belief that the soon-to-be-published National Payments Vision will set the scene for innovation in the UK fintech sector.

For further information, please contact: [email protected]

Redesigning Health: Insights on innovation to improve population health

Posted on: April 16th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

As we approach the second anniversary of the establishment of Integrated Care Boards, this first discussion benefited from the insights of system leads and those participating in them, by looking at the role ICBs can play in delivering innovation to improve population health.   The purpose of the series is to explore current and future trends in healthcare with a focus on how health systems can be redesigned centred on prevention and improving population health – with support from all parts of the health ecosystem: public sector, industry, academic and medical research charities, and NGOs.

A number of key themes emerged from the discussion, including:

  • The availability of resource at the front line of innovation delivery
  • whether individual participating bodies are ‘innovation ready’ – it was observed that the NHS is good at running and evaluating pilots but that those deemed successful do not always get widely implemented in any case, and
  • the need for prioritisation – focusing on ‘priority areas’ and doing them well rather than trying to engage in dozens of unrelated projects

More broadly, roundtable also discussed the challenge of multimorbidity and the role innovation – both service and product – has to potentially free up GP time and enable them to provide greater support to this cohort of patients; the value that patient and public involvement brings to the co-creation and design of research and innovation; and the convening role that ICBs have in the innovation ecosystem and especially to encourage multisectoral collaboration.

The following two roundtables will build on today’s event:

  • In July, the theme will be Remodelling public health through data, and will focus on how data and AI are now the new engineering that can help prevent disease – in much the same way as Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s sewerage system did for infection in nineteenth century London.  AI is new and has positives and negatives – and as with the broader use of health data for research, planning and innovation there are ethical implications which if not managed correctly can result in public distrust. This roundtable will seek discuss the medico—ethical challenges alongside the opportunities and how we can ensure innovations to improve the public’s health are not hindered, whilst at the same time ensuring trust is not damaged.
  • The third and final roundtable in September will discuss Investing in prevention:  post-pandemic global health and will consider how a combination of geopolitical and economic pressures combined with post-Covid 19 recovery across the world means that the resources to support prevention are being tightened at a time when greater investment is required.  How can we ensure new innovations can be developed and reach the public but are not hindered due to lack of funding?  The session will also consider how health systems can prioritise innovations to prevent disease and how a multi sector approach can support investment in prevention.

To find out more, please email [email protected]

MHP Group shortlisted in 12 categories at the CIPR Excellence Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 16th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are thrilled to share that we have been shortlisted in 12 categories for the CIPR Awards, 2024.

The long-standing CIPR Excellence Awards recognise the phenomenal work of public relations practitioners around the globe.

Split across MHP and Mischief, we are delighted to see the hard work and creativity of our teams acknowledged in this year’s awards.

We have been shortlisted for:

Corporate and Business Communications Campaign IWG

Best Event – FCA, Swipe Left, Invest Right

Consumer Relations Campaign – Ocado x Beano

Social Purpose Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Social Purpose Campaign – Chase, Inspired by the Wild

Integrated Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Sport or Entertainment Campaign – Three, #WeSeeYouNetwork

Sport or Entertainment Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Travel, Transport, or Tourism Campaign – Avanti, Pulling in the Right Direction

Best Use of Content – Ocado x Beano

Best Event – FCA, Swipe Left, Invest Right

Specialist PR Consultancy of the Year – Mischief

The news follows our recent win at the PRCA City and Finance Awards, where we were named City Agency of the Year, as well as winning for Best Banking Communications Campaign for our work with British Business Bank. It follows a period of exciting growth for MHP Group, as we have recently acquired leading creative content agency La Plage to expand our offering, as well as welcoming a host of new joiners to the team, including Lisa Hunter as Head of Strategic Communications.

We’re looking forward to the awards evening in June. See the full shortlist here

Introducing the Sport Category | 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 10th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

This year we are excited to announce a new category for our 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards, Sport. The UK has a rich history in sports journalism, producing some of the greatest sports writers and producers of our time, with 2024 being set to be a momentous year in the world of sport. Team GB is heading to the Paris Olympics and Paralympics while the England and Scotland men’s football teams compete at Euro 2024.

The business of sport is also becoming more and more prominent as we see and read hard-hitting reports and investigations from across our sports desks. The category is open to journalists working across all disciplines from match reports and analysis to interviews and features looking at the major trends influencing the sporting world. We are delighted to welcome The Athletics Adam Crafton, recently crowned Sports Journalist of the Year at the Sports Journalism Awards, to our judging panel to help pick our winners in the category.

He joins a panel which includes more than 20 of the UK’s most influential journalists. Including former head of Sky News, John Ryley, BBC Breakfast Editor Richard Frediani and Guardian Global Healthcare Correspondent Kat Lay.

Our 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards are now in their 13th year and are the longest running awards of their type in the UK. In that time we have celebrated more than 300 of the UK’s best and brightest young journalists. The awards always have been and always will be free to enter, and the deadline for this year is Friday 19th of April.

Hear James Rollinson discuss the new Sport category below

For more information and to enter the awards, please visit: https://www.mhpgroup.com/30-to-watch/journalism-2024/