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  • Why live video streaming is challenging TV

    From Candace Payne aka “the Chewbacca mum” to the live streaming of election night by CNN in the US, Facebook Live is becoming increasingly popular and presents endless opportunities for video content. Some commentators have gone as far to say that social media streaming platforms are a “ticking time bomb” for the likes of traditional […] The post Why live video streaming is challenging TV appeare...

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  • L’Oréal: It’s not just about beauty

    Brief: MHP have worked with L’Oréal UK and Ireland since the beginning of 2016 to help drive its corporate brand reputation in the UK as a successful responsible and forward-looking business Strategy: MHP built a PR strategy focussed on driving media and consumer awareness around key company initiatives within two areas – use of technological […] The post L’Oréal: It’s not just about beauty appear...

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  • Pensions sector needs more diverse thinking

    Like each and every one of its predecessors, the annual Investment Conference hosted in Edinburgh by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), was attended by an overwhelmingly white, male crowd. No surprise there. The demographics of PLSA members no doubt mirror those of the industries it represents. (Although there is some irony in the fact […] The post Pensions sector needs more div...

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  • #MissingType: Campaign of the year

    MHP Communications work on the #MissingType campaign has been singled out by leading figures in the PR industry. The campaign, which MHP ran in conjunction with parent company Engine, was voted the best campaign by leading figures in the industry for the PR Week Power Book 2017 . #MissingType had a significant impact on the number […] The post #MissingType: Campaign of the year appeared first on M...

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  • Osborne’s new job is a PR coup

    As big Breaking News stories go, George Osborne being appointed editor of the London Evening Standard may not match the Brexit result, but in the Westminster and London media villages it’s causing quite a stir. And that may be the key reason why the Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev has made the choice. It’s a headline […] The post Osborne’s new job is a PR coup appeared first on MHP.

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  • Playing mind games to reveal the hidden signs of domestic abuse for Women’s Aid

    On International Women’s Day, MHP and WCRS teamed up with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid to raise awareness of coercive control. Since its criminalisation just over a year ago, there has only been five convictions for coercive control. When it comes to domestic violence, we’re used to looking out for bruises rather than behaviours. We […] The post Playing mind games to reveal the hidden sig...

  • Does the UK Economy increasingly resemble its Chancellor – dull but decent?

    Rather strangely, 2017 seems like a year that could turn out to be economically quite boring. While this appears counter-intuitive given the risks around Brexit, the weak pound and the rekindling of modest inflation, let alone geopolitical tensions, the reality is that the UK economy is trundling along just fine at the moment. It seems […] The post Does the UK Economy increasingly resemble its Cha...

  • Budget Briefing 2017

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  • MHP Budget Briefing: Property

    Having already been underwhelmed by February’s White Paper into the UK housing market, there was a glimmer of hope that the Chancellor would use the Budget to have a second stab at pushing through some much-needed reforms. No such luck. One of the main areas industry commentators wanted to see action on is stamp duty. […] The post MHP Budget Briefing: Property appeared first on MHP.

  • MHP Budget Briefing: Brexit

    For all the talk of this being a Budget light on commitments, the Chancellor’s statement today marked the end of an era in two important ways. It was the last Budget before the triggering of Article 50, a process which will end the UK’s EU membership, and the last spring Budget, with the main event […] The post MHP Budget Briefing: Brexit appeared first on MHP.

  • MHP Budget Briefing: Story of the Day

    The 2015 Conservative manifesto promised a ‘tax lock’ on national insurance. So when Philip Hammond confirmed he will be raising NICs on the self-employed from 9% to 11%, there was concern on the backbenches and some surprise amongst journalists waiting to quiz Treasury officials. HMT are maintaining that this ‘lock’ only referred to Class 1 […] The post MHP Budget Briefing: Story of the Day appea...

  • MHP Budget Briefing: Method in the blandness

    Today’s Budget was no surprise to anyone who has sat round the Cabinet table with Phil Hammond or Theresa May, or worked with them in Government. Cautious. Strategic. Bland. And politically astute. You could tell from the lack of pre-briefings that No 10 was keeping a very tight leash on stories and leaks. There was […] The post MHP Budget Briefing: Method in the blandness appeared first on MHP.

  • MHP Budget Briefing: Health

    Philip Hammond waited until late in his first Budget Statement to turn his attention to the NHS and the troubles facing social care. As perhaps befits his reputation as ‘spreadsheet Phil’, his analysis of the immediate pressures on the system was straightforward: Delayed discharge caused by bottlenecks in social care; A disparity between local authorities […] The post MHP Budget Briefing: Health a...

  • #Budget2017: twitter verdict

    Budget day is big day in the calendar for the UK Twitterati – as Philip Hammond got to his feet thousands of tweeters were limbering up their thumbs for some instant reaction – here are a few which caught our eye. The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts was preparing to be underwhelmed by “Spreadsheet Phil’s” delivery […] The post #Budget2017: twitter verdict appeared first on MHP.

  • MHP announces Young Journalist Awards: 30 To Watch

    MHP Communications is delighted to announce that it is seeking nominations for the 2017 Young Journalist Awards: 30 To Watch   Now in their sixth year, the awards have become an established and successful event which celebrates the best young talent in the British media. Former gold winners like Sophy Ridge, Isabel Hardman and Jim […] The post MHP announces Young Journalist Awards: 30 To Watch app...

  • What Budget metaphor will suit “Spreadsheet Phil”?

    The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has two nicknames. The first, ‘Box Office Phil’, was bestowed by the press for his ability to give an interview without generating any headlines. The second, ‘Spreadsheet Phil’, he earned from his Tory colleagues for his rather dry approach. In short, he is a safe pair of hands. But if he […] The post What Budget metaphor will suit “Spreadsheet Phil”? appeared first ...

  • The first ever Facebook Live for American Express

    Last week, MHP led the charge on the first ever Facebook Live broadcast for American Express, live from London. Centred around a discussion on Family Travel, so far the broadcast has had almost 500,000 views on Amex Facebook. From taking party bags on the plane to entertain toddlers to making your holiday one big challenge, […] The post The first ever Facebook Live for American Express appeared fi...

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  • Why Trump may impact UK medicines

    As uncertainty about Britain’s future relationship with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) builds in advance of the regulatory body’s relocation from London to the continent following Brexit, UK health policymakers are studying options to ensure that new medicines continue to be approved and made available to patients across Britain as rapidly as possible. To that […] The post Why Trump may impac...

  • On Message: The case for strident PR

    CEOs often adopt the principle that it’s best to be seen and not heard when it comes to big, divisive issues. However, in a time of Trump, Brexit and Fake News is that still the best policy? Host, Adam Batstone, is joined by senior MHP colleagues Nick Laitner, Barnaby Fry, and Kate Pogson to discuss what this […] The post On Message: The case for strident PR appeared first on MHP.

  • Local papers: Diversify or die

    Latest circulation figures for Britain’s regional newspapers will cast gloom in newsrooms throughout the land. The headline news is that only five regional daily papers sell more than 40,000 copies and one – The Wigan Evening Post – now only sells 2,382 copies a day, and surely cannot be long for this world. All regional […] The post Local papers: Diversify or die appeared first on MHP.

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  • 2017 Look Ahead

    Our host Adam Batstone is joined by Siobhan Shea-Simonds, Debs Villiers, Tim Rowntree, Rachel Rowson and James Gurling to discuss the comms challenges ahead in 2017. The team cover everything from snapchat dog filters to the future of journalism in a quick fire half hour Q&A session with some ‘audio postcards’ from leading industry commentators. […] The post 2017 Look Ahead appeared first on MHP.

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  • What really splits post-Brexit Britain

    It’s become commonplace since the EU referendum to say the UK is now split between Leave and Remainers rather than the traditional left/right party political choice. The Labour Party has become the favoured test-case for a potential Brexit re-alignment, with the much-discussed cultural split between the Party’s ‘Hull’ and ‘Hampstead’ wings generating many column inches, […] The post What really sp...

  • Could this man win over les “abstentionistes”?

    On a recent trip to Paris, a friend despondently informed me that she belongs to France’s largest political party –  les “abstentionistes”. This type of “none of the above” voter is on the rise. The World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report showed that in the last 25 years, election turnout has fallen by more than […] The post Could this man win over les “abstentionistes”? appeared first on MHP.

  • UKIP’s “difficult second album”

    The clue is in the name. The United Kingdom Independence Party meets for its spring conference this weekend, still flushed with success from last year’s referendum. But the party is also facing something of an existential crisis. For the UK is on the path to ‘independence’ from Brussels, partly due to the efforts of UKIP […] The post UKIP’s “difficult second album” appeared first on MHP.

  • Fake News v the Fact Checkers

    In the era of Fake News, sorry FAKE NEWS!!!!, it is apparently becoming more difficult to differentiate between what is real and what is not. Notoriously fraudulent fake new stories such as the Pizzagate scandal, which attempted to link Hilary Clinton and senior democrats to a human trafficking ring, have spread like wildfire. It even […] The post Fake News v the Fact Checkers appeared first on MH...

  • Whatever they want? The renewed challenge of campaigning for the Scottish status quo

    Last night we potentially saw the opening shots of the Unionist campaign in the much-discussed second Scottish independence referendum, or Indyref2. While we are currently in something of a phony war, all signs suggest that the SNP is gearing up for a renewed campaign to exit the UK. The first unionist salvo was delivered almost […] The post Whatever they want? The renewed challenge of campaigning...

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  • Unprecedented criticism: politicians under fire from business

    Since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen an unprecedented level of criticism from the business community levelled at a sitting Commander-in-Chief. Beginning with statements criticising Trump’s so-called Muslim Ban, this phenomenon came to a head during the Super Bowl, when a number of global brands used the stage to make an overtly political statement. This year, […] The post Unprecedented...

  • There’s nothing new about fake news in cancer

    As you plan your weekend bear this in mind: burnt toast and roast potatoes cause cancer.  This was reported to be the Food Standard Agency’s warning to us last month, adding to the lengthy list of potential health hazards we’re all exposed to on a daily basis. The website Kill or Cure tries to make […] The post There’s nothing new about fake news in cancer appeared first on MHP.

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  • Gove scoop: Who pulled the strings?

    The Times was understandably cock-a-hoop when it landed the first wide-ranging print interview with President Trump ahead of his Inauguration. The Donald’s trenchant comments about the state of the EU, the obsolescent nature of NATO and his desire to do a rapid trade deal with the UK set off a chain reaction across politics and […] The post Gove scoop: Who pulled the strings? appeared first on MHP...

  • PR in the 90s: A survivor’s story

    MHP’s Creative Director Mark Perkins cut his teeth in public relations 25 years ago. These are his recollections of a pre-web era when the fax machine, phone and humble glue-stick were still the main tools of the trade.   In almost every agency or in-house team there will be a veteran or two from PR […] The post PR in the 90s: A survivor’s story appeared first on MHP.

  • Labour faces by-election battles

    Jamie Reed, the Honourable Member for Copeland and long-term thorn in the side of Jeremy Corbyn, recently hurled a by-election shaped grenade into the otherwise calm and harmonious waters of the Labour Party. He was swiftly followed by his former Shadow Cabinet colleague and MP for Stoke, Tristram Hunt. To lose one MP may be […] The post Labour faces by-election battles appeared first on MHP.

  • New year, new crisis communications?

    We’re now just over two weeks into the new year and it’s clear the corporate communications landscape is changing once again. It’s always nice to start on a positive note, so what better time to look at three ways corporate reputation is likely to be challenged in 2017:   Live streaming Many organisations have only […] The post New year, new crisis communications? appeared first on MHP.

  • MHP wins British Business Bank

    British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank, has appointed MHP Communications to handle its PR and corporate communications following a tender to multiple agencies. MHP Communications was appointed following a competitive procurement process, and will support the bank in meeting its KPIs and enhancing its reputation as a centre of excellence and expertise […] The post MHP wi...

  • Design trends for 2017

    New year, new trends! In the world of design it is common practice to look ahead at trends, with numerous online sites posting their own stories on what 2017 will bring. So what are the trends for 2017?  The overarching theme seems to focus on the natural and organic roots. This will bring a palette […] The post Design trends for 2017 appeared first on MHP.

  • Tackling waste in the NHS is a communications challenge as much as an economic one

    Waste: it’s a word we all hate to hear.  But unlike food or petrol, waste in the health service is often tricky to define and hard to identify.  It can also be challenging for health system administrators to admit publicly that they might not be making optimal use of the resources they’ve been given. However, […] The post Tackling waste in the NHS is a communications challenge as much as an econom...

  • US Media 0 – 1 Donald Trump

    Of all the lessons the American media will draw from their bruising encounter with Donald Trump on Wednesday, perhaps the most humbling is the art of How To Hold Politicians To Account. Former Daily Telegraph reporter Nick Collins writes During an hour-long press conference, the Washington press pack repeatedly allowed the President Elect to avoid […] The post US Media 0 – 1 Donald Trump appeared ...

  • Will Theresa May kill off assisted dying?

    Polls suggest that over three quarters of the public support assisted dying, but MPs remain overwhelmingly opposed to ‘right to die’ legislation.  In 2015 the Assisted Dying Bill was rejected by a majority of 212 votes when it was debated in the House of Commons.  It won support from just 28 Conservative MPs, while Theresa […] The post Will Theresa May kill off assisted dying? appeared first on MH...

  • Trump on vaccines: Is it time to activate the phone tree?

    Among the British medical community, there is a general consensus that the development of vaccines, and implementation of national vaccination programmes has been one of the greatest public health achievements in modern times.  Reports from across the pond of President Trump’s apparent scepticism about the safety of childhood vaccines, and rumours that he has approached […] The post Trump on vacci...

  • Time to shout about mental health

    A new report has been published today looking at the treatment of patients with mental health problems who are admitted to hospital with a physical condition – and the findings are concerning. At a time when there are calls for greater awareness of mental health issues, and with the government saying they will commit further […] The post Time to shout about mental health appeared first on MHP.

  • Is ‘Fake News’ hitting trust

    Despite all the talk about the impact of so-called “Fake News” on the media, one detail that is rarely considered is whether this is simply a media phenomenon, or something which has fundamentally impacted public perception. It’s often said that journalists are among the least trusted individuals in the UK – so has the furore over […] The post Is ‘Fake News’ hitting trust appeared first on MHP.

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  • So what now?

    That seems to be the question everyone was asking at a Labour Party Conference, which was noticeable for the number of people on both sides of the party divide who just seemed exhausted from the internal battle that has been raging pretty much since early summer 2015. It is this question that Jeremy Corbyn sought […] The post So what now? appeared first on MHP.

  • Clinton Trump and the politics of unpredictability

    Seth Linden, President of MHP’s North America partner Dukas Linden, was among the millions of Americans watching Monday’s first presidential campaign TV debate. Here he gives his analysis of what – if anything – has changed. If Brexit has taught us anything it is to plan for the unexpected. Despite criticisms of Donald Trump’s performance in […] The post Clinton Trump and the politics of unpredict...

  • A damp squib on the Mersey?

    With 24 hours left to run, it looks like Labour Party conference this year will turn out not to be the scene of more Labour blood-letting after all. Following a bitter summer leadership battle characterised by accusations of anti-semitism, internet abuse and bricks through windows, many MPs, party staff and long-time delegates travelled to Liverpool […] The post A damp squib on the Mersey? appeare...

  • Diane Abbott’s address to Labour Conference: Aligning a “re-nationalisation” agenda with today’s NHS

    A serial rebel for nearly 30 years on Labour’s backbenches (aside from a short-lived brief as Shadow Public Health minister under Ed Miliband), Diane Abbott today addressed Labour Party Conference at a time when the health service is calling for bright new ideas to ensure its sustainability. Much of Ms Abbott’s speech cut right to […] The post Diane Abbott’s address to Labour Conference: Aligning ...

  • Seeking solutions for social care

    The latest report from the Kings Fund, Social care for older people: home truths, is the latest in a long line of reports and commentary outlining the stark reality that “the social care system in its current form is struggling to meet the needs of older people”.  However, regular rhetoric about the problems social care […] The post Seeking solutions for social care appeared first on MHP.

  • Jeremy Corbyn and the slow death of the mainstream media

    At the Labour Party conference this week Jeremy Corbyn has managed to do something his predecessor Tony Blair tried but could never quite achieve. Alastair Campbell wanted to by-pass the “mainstream media” and allow Labour’s most successful leader to speak directly to the people who loved him, the voters. It never happened. Gordon Brown tried […] The post Jeremy Corbyn and the slow death of the ma...

  • Five lessons from Chinese G20 summit

    MHP’s partner agency in China, North Head kept a close eye on the recent G20 negotiations in Hangzhou. Managing Director John Russell, gives his assessment of some of the most significant outcomes – and what they may mean for business keen to work more closely with China. Corporate Tax and Transfer Pricing: In future years China […] The post Five lessons from Chinese G20 summit appeared first on M...

  • Don’t ignore Labour’s backbench army

    Another year, probably four, of Corbyn. Of endless, pointless rallies. Of failure to compromise with the electorate. Of competence vying with policy for the negative headlines. And of businesses wondering how, when and whether to ever engage with Labour again. First things first. Although many moderate members may call it a day at this point, […] The post Don’t ignore Labour’s backbench army appea...

  • A fractured Opposition: where are the credible voices on health and how will they come together?

    Turbulent times within the Labour Party have given rise to Opposition voices from select committees, Labour rebels, and the minor parties.  So who will form the opposition to the Government, and can they work together? Former Health Minister, Norman Lamb, has re-established himself since the last election as a respected health service reformer and is […] The post A fractured Opposition: where are ...

  • The Party’s Over?

    This weekend the Labour ‘family’ heads to Liverpool for their annual conference, preceded tomorrow by the announcement of the leadership election result. In this scenario, ‘family’ is better understood as a reference to Albert Square’s Mitchells than Virginia’s Waltons, say, as reports claim that Labour Party staffers have been issued guidance on how to respond […] The post The Party’s Over? appea...

  • Back to the future: Lansley on the legacy of his reforms

    Last night, NHS Providers took us back to the heady days of 2010-12, inviting Rt Hon Lord Lansley to deliver their annual lecture, focusing on what he believes are the legacy of his reforms. The audience – mostly NHS Trust CEOs – welcomed an academic debate, yet you could feel the tension in the room […] The post Back to the future: Lansley on the legacy of his reforms appeared first on MHP.

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  • Polls prompt Merkel shift on migrants

    Regional election results have in the past never played a major role in the life of Angela Merkel. This has changed over the past two weeks. Following painful defeats for the Chancellor in Mecklenburg Vorpommern (see When Meck-Pomm spells trouble for Merkel) and Berlin, where her Christian Democrats party again scored less than 20% of the […] The post Polls prompt Merkel shift on migrants appeared...

  • Skittles not falling for Trump Jr

    Skittles last night became the latest brand thrust into the limelight as collateral damage from the chimpanzee-with-a-machine gun Donald Trump campaign. Donald Trump Jr – who calls to mind the bully from an 80s teen movie set in an exclusive private school – tweeted the meme: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I […] The post Skittles not falling for Trump Jr appeared first on MHP.

  • Double standards surround Hillary’s health

    With the first US presidential debate only weeks away, it was not the weekend Hillary Clinton would have hoped for.  A video surfaced, showing the Democratic presidential candidate collapsing as she left a 9/11 memorial service. The 68-year-old revealed that in addition to suffering from allergies, as had been originally stated by her team, it […] The post Double standards surround Hillary’s healt...

  • Germany’s House of Cards

    This year is shaping up to be an interesting one on many fronts. In the political sphere the agenda has been led by the UK Brexit referendum and the US presidential election. The general angst post-EU referendum has died down and is now in a “what is going to happen next?” holding pattern. The US […] The post Germany’s House of Cards appeared first on MHP.

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  • NHS Expo 2016: The NHS leads the world, it’s time we told people about it

    Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the annual NHS Health and Innovation Expo, held this year in Manchester.  It was difficult not to get caught up in the sheer ambition of so many of the speakers and innovations on show, but the event was overshadowed by a perception that the NHS is too […] The post NHS Expo 2016: The NHS leads the world, it’s time we told people about it appeared first on...

  • The Grammar School Revolution

    Many careers have been killed walking into 10 Downing Street because of a stray piece of paper. An armed raid had to be brought forward in 2009 after Bob Quick, then head of the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism squad, unwittingly showed the world’s media a secret memo as he went to brief the Prime Minister. […] The post The Grammar School Revolution appeared first on MHP.

  • Silly season, simplicity, and a lesson in subtle messaging

    It’s the end of the summer – long known as silly season in PR land – the nights are drawing in, and half the office has the post-holiday blues. And what an uncertain summer it’s been. From the ever-unravelling saga of Brexit, and the apparent implosion of the Labour Party, to the weight of expectation […] The post Silly season, simplicity, and a lesson in subtle messaging appeared first on MHP.

MHP Communications

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MHP Communications

Category: Content
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