News & Insights  |  Posted April 23, 2024

Why true debating skills matter more than ever in modern politics

Somewhere between the carefully prepared statements, ambiguous answers and never-ending bluster, the art of debating has been all but forgotten in politics. Here Joseph Hutchison argues why debating skills are more relevant than ever in today’s world.

Somewhere between the carefully prepared statements, ambiguous answers and never-ending bluster, the art of debating has been all but forgotten in politics. Here Joseph Hutchison argues why debating skills are more relevant than ever in today’s world.

Joseph Hutchison stands at a table while debating his point.

News & Insights  |  Posted February 14, 2024

The big business of sports documentaries

The fly-on-the-wall sports documentary seems to be everywhere but do they tell a true story of what happens? 56° North Director Sophie Ashcroft has a better handle on this than most. Here she gives us a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be in one, as well as some sound advice in case you’re thinking that it might be right for you.

The fly-on-the-wall sports documentary seems to be everywhere but do they tell a true story of what happens? 56° North Director Sophie Ashcroft has a better handle on this than most. Here she gives us a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be in one, as well as some sound advice in case you’re thinking that it might be right for you.

Sophie Ashcroft on Sunderland Til I Die wearing a bobble hat and facing side on.

News & Insights  |  Posted January 5, 2024

What politicians must do to get business on board

As we enter an election year, Managing Partner Anthony Thompson analyses how the economy is going to dominate political campaigning in 2024 and why the political parties are battling to engage with business.

As we enter an election year, Managing Partner Anthony Thompson analyses how the economy is going to dominate political campaigning in 2024 and why the political parties are battling to engage with business.

Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks on a podium to discuss Labour business

News & Insights  |  Posted October 13, 2023

The heir to Blair or the new John Smith?

With Labour having packed up in Liverpool and we reach the final stages of party conference season, John Penman takes a look at whether Keir Starmer’s approach to making Labour electable echoes that of Tony Blair or the best Prime Minister the country never had.

With Labour having packed up in Liverpool and we reach the final stages of party conference season, John Penman takes a look at whether Keir Starmer’s approach to making Labour electable echoes that of Tony Blair or the best Prime Minister the country never had.

Keir Starmer, Labour leader with Tony Blair and John Smith.

News & Insights  |  Posted September 1, 2023

Flying by the seat of your pants is no way to communicate in an emergency 

Following the UK air traffic control meltdown this week, Managing Partner John Penman bemoans some familiar communication mistakes by those involved and advises on how to avoid them in the future.

Following the UK air traffic control meltdown this week, Managing Partner John Penman bemoans some familiar communication mistakes by those involved and advises on how to avoid them in the future.

John's delayed flight at Malta airport