The Gatehouse Blog: Mar 2020

How are you adapting your communications to address COVID-19 concerns?

Yesterday morning, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s plan to tackle the spread of COVID-19 – the coronavirus. As things stand, COVID-19 – the coronavirus – is affecting 77 countries and territories around the world. And right now, a lot of communicators are finding themselves helping shape and deliver their organisation’s response to the outbreak. […]

Life on Mars

It’s a household name, but what goes on behind the scenes of IC at Mars? We sat down with Tony Sanchez, Corporate Systems Business Partnership Manager for Mars, to talk internal communications, revamping the Mars intranet, and news and information at Mars and beyond. A firm favourite with chocolate lovers the world over, Mars is […]

Office 365: A case of work imitating life

When travel loyalty expert Avios implemented Office 365 four years ago, it was looking to facilitate a new way of working: one that better mirrored the way we all live our lives. More social and collaborative. Less formal. This took many out of their comfort zone. Julian Simpson, Head of Internal Communications, explains how his […]

Strategic measurement – Sarah-Jane Wakefield, Standard Chartered

When it comes to internal communication, nothing proves effectiveness like strategic measurement. Sarah-Jane Wakefield, Global Head of Communications (HR and Culture) at Standard Chartered, talks audits, analytics and the power of networking through times of transformation. Where did your story in internal communication begin? I started my career as a journalist, before moving into PR, […]

Strategy and planning – Helen Deverell, CIPR Inside

This year’s State of the Sector found that even though planning practices have improved, most internal communicators are still very much focused on the short term, with two in five stating that there is no long-term vision. What are your thoughts? Personally, I find it quite disheartening that so few practitioners are investing time in […]

M&S puts colleagues “In My Shoes”

Marks & Spencer executed an internal communications campaign with the goal of making inclusion relevant to the majority, not just the minority. Group Employee Communications managers Roland Burton and Louise Mitchell discuss strategies to talk about diversity and inclusion with employees from all walks of life. “We’re a business with about 80,000 colleagues around the […]

IC World Summit – Campfire Sessions

Have you got your tickets to the IC World Summit Yet?  You can get your brain whirring with a day of learning and discussion with fellow IC pros. IC World Summit lets you meet other people who do your job at different organisations. Being in IC generates all kinds of feelings and pressure. And the […]

IC World Summit Speakers

Who’s involved? We’re holding a gathering of internal communication pros on May 21st. It’s a chance to rub shoulders with other internal comms pros and spark a blaze of ideas. We have a great range of speakers and contributors you’ll meet at the IC World Summit. Drew McMillan Director of Colleague Communication & Engagement at […]

Building your influence – how your team can have more clout

Communication teams need to understand the business and help build an internal communications culture or face never having a seat at the table, writes Paul Matthews, from The CommsCoach. A communication culture fast-tracks change, growth and better outcomes. By focusing the business and leaders on communication, as a way of doing better business, organisations yield […]

IC World Summit

  Call for speakers! Gatehouse and Gallagher Communication are holding the first IC World Summit.  It’s happening on the 21st May at the fancy Town Hall Hotel in London. This is the perfect opportunity for you to network with other internal communications practitioners. Get your tickets to the conference here!  We’re looking for internal communication professionals with […]