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Category: Internal communications

How to write an effective newsletter

I’ve spoken a lot about the need for effective communication in our blog – both internal communications and external communications – and in this latest instalment I’m looking at the value of company newsletters. Newsletters are often overlooked

Keeping business communications alive over the holiday season

It’s that time of year again when half the country ups sticks and abandons Blighty for two weeks of sunburn, sangria and the squirts. Holiday season is upon us once again and that can present major problems for businesses of all sizes as they work to

Managing mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are back on the business agenda. Businesses that have stockpiled cash during the recession are now looking to do deals and company owners who have held off on an exit during the downturn are now looking for potential buyers. However,

Succession planning – how do you prepare for when a key worker leaves?

Claire Morley-Jones is the founder of HR180, a leading advisory firm that helps businesses with all aspects of people management and development. She recently delivered a talk on succession planning to the Managing Partners’ Forum and here she shares

5 inside secrets to successful mergers and acquisitions

This week the German giant, Bilfinger, swallowed up GVA.  Or rather – according to some media – GVA ‘agreed a merger with a global player’.  Bilfinger is an €8.5bn company and the transaction is worth £150m.  You decide, merger or acquisition?

Building social media into your stakeholder engagement strategy

Stakeholder engagement is considered by 82 per cent of senior communicators across Europe to be important to their organisation’s success, according to research by Brunswick Insight – and 90% expect the scope and scale of stakeholder engagement activities

Making the most of media relations

Northern Lights communications director Ben Pindar is a former journalist who has worked both at national and regional level. Here he shares his thoughts on how best to engage with the media. Legendary British publishing magnate Lord Northcliffe famously

Professional services firms and social media – too old at 50?

I was delighted to be invited as guest speaker at a dinner to discuss ‘Is social media turning Professional Services firms upside down?’. The debate is – or should be – relevant to businesses in every sector, but one comment has left me deeply

How to grow your business – top tips from 400 entrepreneurs

Looking back on his time as Insider’s deputy editor, Northern Lights communications director Ben Pindar shares the secrets of business success from the hundreds of top entrepreneurs he interviewed over the years. This blog first appeared on Insider

Why your business needs you to write thought leadership papers

Have you considered writing a thought leadership paper? You don’t have to be an academic to do this – you’ve already got the skills. Being a thought leader is just a way of sharing your knowledge with others. So what is thought leadership? In

The power of networking in large corporates – are your coffees strategic?

Over the last year I have run a number of sessions on networking, both for global corporates and for universities.  While the sessions for universities have tended to focus on networking skills for a job, and particularly on how to walk into a room full

Why an internal communications strategy is so important for your business

I am in dispute. Rail company First Capital Connect and I aren’t quite seeing eye to eye at the moment. There have been a flurry of emails hurtling backwards and forwards and still we seem to be at cross-purposes! And the reason for this hive of activity