The Gatehouse Blog: Dec 2011

The Only Way is Essex for Gatehouse

In early January, Gatehouse will be expanding with the opening of a new creative centre and the appointment of a number of additional designers for 2012. The new developments come on the back of an extremely busy 12 months for the team which has seen a sustained demand for creative content from many of our […]

K.I.S.S and Wake Up. Keep it Simple, Stupid

Ideas that have value are important for the progression of any organisation. As a result, an emphasis on the perceived ability of the communicator to generate winning ideas is becoming commonplace. However, you may feel that you aren’t naturally creative and struggle to think of ideas that carry much weight, and, quite frankly you would […]

How to Respond R.A.P.I.Dly to Workplace Bullying

After reading this week’s ShortList article, written by Jimi Famurewa, on bullying in the workplace, I cant say that I’m shocked or surprised by it. Bullying is rife in every walk of life and is just as prominent in the workplace now as it ever was, only carried out in different ways. Phillip Landau, contributor […]

Social Media – A Double Edged Sword

Having heavily researched the use of social media within internal communications the benefits of it are apparent and wonderfully abundant, from getting your message heard quickly, gaining instant feedback from staff, communicating effectively with Gen Y, through to organising social events…it is changing the way we operate as communicators. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube it almost feels […]

Perhaps we could learn a little from the Romanians…

Trawling through my morning Google alerts, I came across the following link from an online publication called ‘Business Review’: “Internal Communication contributes to certainty in organisations” – interesting, I thought, as it confirmed what we at Gatehouse talk about all the time. From increasing the focus on employee training, to getting the CEO out […]

Why The Gatehouse Penguins?

We are often asked by clients “what’s with the penguins on the website and marketing material?” So we’ve decided to put all the rumours to bed and reveal the real reasons for their inclusion… Not only are penguins intelligent, smart and attractive but they are also highly accomplished communicators. Penguins are very sociable creatures – […]

Gatehouse Makes TV Debut

The State of the Sector research reports which are produced annually by ourselves, in conjunction with the IoIC, continue to be extremely popular both within the industry and outside of it, with the latest report gaining a steady stream of media attention. So much so that last week we made our very first television appearance […]

SCM article on leadership communication

The latest issue of Melcrum’s Strategic Communication Management journal includes an article in which Gatehouse co-founder Lee Smith discusses the challenges of working with senior leaders and understanding their communication styles. Here’s a copy of the article: SCM article – leadership comms

Two new BiteSize ‘core skills’ modules launched

Gatehouse’s specialist training arm, Gatehouse Academy, has this month added two new ‘core skills’ modules to its popular range of 90 minute BiteSize learning and development sessions for in-house communication teams. The Fundamentals of Change Communication is designed to provide an introduction to organisational change and change related communication. Following a brief review of the […]

Growing the Gatehouse Team

As we prepare to celebrate five successful years in business next month, the Gatehouse team is expanding with the addition of Mark Ford as a graduate consultant. Mark joins us after completing an MSc in International Public Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he undertook research into the use of social media as an internal […]