The Great British identity crisis

By Rajmeena Aujla, Corporate Account Director, The PR Office. “No more Polish vermin” “Get back to Africa” “Pakis go home” These are just some the phrases British born people across the country have been taunted with in 2016. With increased reports of racist abuse since the EU referendum result, Londoner Allison had the idea to get people …

Mary Seacole and rebalancing PR’s past

I like a good statue. When I first moved to London to live and work, I would often walk over Golden Jubilee Bridge to The Royal Festival Hall and stand and look at the bronze bust of Nelson Mandela. Later when I worked for the railway I found the many war memorials, some at the …

Diversity – the reputation game

There is clear evidence of the pay gap between men and women, not just in the UK but elsewhere, too. There is clear evidence that, for leadership roles, men are preferred to women due to the former allegedly handling themselves better under ‘stress’. There is also clear evidence that, when the names on job applications …

Why we need diversity in communications

Earlier this month, the Government released its white paper on the future of the BBC. The need for the organisation to reflect the diversity of its audience within its programming was a key issue raised in the paper. While the salaries of its stars, the distinctiveness of its programmes and issues like the way it’s …

How PwC responded to that pair of heels

Last week PwC hit the headlines after a receptionist was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels. On Friday their Head of People and Executive Board Member Gaenor Bagley @gaenorbagley published a searingly honest article on the PwC blog. In it, she shared their side of the story and how they have “learnt the hard way it is critical …

Break through the career dead-end

The debate about gender inequality within public relations has been taking place extensively over recent months and years. There have been lots of theories put forward about why women are not seen in management positions but are a significant group at entry level. I have my own views about it which was why an article …

6 habits of highly successful PRs

I’m currently mid-way through delivering the current Taylor Bennett Foundation programme. We’re also about to publish our impact report, which spells out in stark figures the outcomes we’ve achieved over the past nine years including this astonishing statistic: 93% of our alumni are employed – 81% of which are working in PR & communications. That’s …

New Accessible Information Standard

  From 31 July, 2016 NHS and social care providers in England will have a mandatory duty to meet the information and communication needs of patients and service users. NHS England has introduced an ‘Accessible Information Standard’, which applies to all NHS and publicly funded adult social care services. Organisations must meet the information and …

#DiversitySpotlight Q&A: Amir Kabel

Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Green Park Group, Amir Kabel is the focus of our latest #DiversitySpotlight Q&A. Amir has a successful record of delivering pioneering diversity initiatives and achievements for a range of private and public sector organisations. He’s listed amongst The Economist’s Top 50 Industry Diversity Professionals and also features in the The …