Top tips for preparing and doing media interviews

Top tips for preparing and doing media interviews

Over the years I have helped many people prepare for media interviews and I have been interviewed myself hundreds of times on tv, radio and with print media.  Media interviews can be a great opportunity to get your message across but they can also go horribly wrong.  I hope my advice on how to prepare and tips for doing interviews will help make sure your next media appearance is a triumph that you’ll want all your colleagues and friends to hear about. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Implications for business of Brexit  – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

Implications for business of Brexit – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

There will be huge implications for business if Britain exits from the EU following the 23rd June referendum.

The date has been set, the main political players have chosen sides, and the opinion polls are volatile. The outcome of the referendum vote is very unpredictable at this stage and UK businesses should start to prepare. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

This week the powerful Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its findings Devolution: the next five years and beyond after hearing evidence from a range of key devolution players including the interim Manchester mayor Tony Lloyd, Liverpool’s mighty mayor Joe Anderson, London’s Sir Eddie Lister, and Devo Minister James Wharton. What was the Committee’s verdict on the success of the Government’s devolution plans?
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Headlines, puns and infighting

Headlines, puns and infighting

Connect Account Manager James Moseley writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments as Jeremy Corbyn talks Trident and the Falklands, Parliament debates Donald Trump, and infighting spreads through the Leave campaign and Labour HQ. The original article can be found here.

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Graduate Trainee programme now open

Graduate Trainee programme now open

Connect’s 2016 graduate trainee programme is now open. For further details click here. Read more

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DevoComment: Something or nothing?

DevoComment: Something or nothing?

Things are starting to get lively on the Devo front! A rash of star studded conferences and events are now on the fixture list and we have already seen one major Devo deal being struck in 2016: a deal which will see Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire work together under one elected Mayor for the North Midlands (not East Midlands!). Read more

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Are you ready for the Devolution Revolution?

Are you ready for the Devolution Revolution?

devointelligence is our new weekly bulletin designed to keep you informed and aware of what’s happening in the Northern Powerhouse and beyond: who’s who and what’s what. It’s the time to switch on to the devolution revolution and get informed about the changing face of UK politics. Read the full devointelligence update online here. Read more

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Labour’s reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party’s image

Labour’s reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party’s image

Labour needs to learn lessons from its high-profile shadow cabinet reshuffle this week, writes former Labour MP and shadow minister turned PR Andy Sawford. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Should Prince Charles be on the Lobbying Register?

Should Prince Charles be on the Lobbying Register?

The short answer to this intentionally provocative question is probably ‘no’. It is right that the Prince of Wales, as heir to the throne, is kept informed about the business of government. Read more

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Connect takes home Public Affairs Award for Planning Campaign of the Year

Connect takes home Public Affairs Award for Planning Campaign of the Year

Connect came away with the Planning Campaign of the Year award at the Public Affairs Awards last night (Thursday 10 December 2015) for our work with Bode to stimulate the redevelopment of Archway Town Centre. The award caps an excellent year for Connect’s property service, which has secured planning permission for our clients for more than a 1,000 new homes and hundreds of new jobs across the country. Read more

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