Paper Summary – 26th January 2015

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The Wriglesworth Consultancy works with Public Concern at Work on launch of ground-breaking report

The Wriglesworth Consultancy is working with Public Concern at Work (the whistleblowing charity) to launch the Whistleblowing Commission report, which reviews the effectiveness of whistleblowing policy in the UK and makes recommendations for improving legislation.

The Report has today been widely covered through 10 broadcast interviews, including the BBC, Sky News and ITV News and Daybreak, and six national newspaper print stories, including the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian  – and counting!

The Report calls upon the Secretary of State, Vince Cable, to issue the Commission’s Code of Practice to be adopted in all UK workplaces. The Commission was set up by Public Concern at Work who were pivotal in drafting the report recommendations.

For the report press release: http://bit.ly/1bnMoX6

Media coverage

Call for better protection for whistleblowers

Laws to protect whistleblowers need beefing up and code of practice recommended by commission which investigated safeguards for those who reveal wrongdoing.

The Telegraph, 27 November 2013

Whistleblowers are a ‘barometer’ of work culture

Laws protecting whistleblowers should be strengthened in order to improve working culture and protect the vulnerable, Cathy James told Daybreak.

itv.com, 27 November 2013

Time to review whistleblowing arrangements

Legal Director Shonali Routray speak to BBC Radio 5 Live about the key recommendations of the Whistleblowing Commission.

BBC 5 Live, 27 November 2013 (at 6 minutes)

‘Code of practice’ for whistleblowing gets union backing

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grday said:

“Whistleblowing is an important way to root out malpractice and wrongdoing in a workplace. But with the blacklisting scandal showing that some people have had their careers wrecked for daring to speak out at work, most people are too scared to say anything for fear of retribution.

It’s important that we have stronger legal protections and written workplace procedures for whistleblowers to underpin the important work that union reps do in supporting workers who speak out.”

itv.com, 27 November 2013

Law ‘failing to protect’ whistleblowers

The main UK law that protects whistleblowers is failing, according to an independent commission established by the charity that helped draft the statute 15 years ago.

Financial Times, 27 November 2013

Whistleblower Michael Woodford backs legal protection calls

The businessman who blew the lid on the Olympus accounting scandal is supporting calls for a UK code of practice.

Sky News, 27 November 2013

Public accountability: it’s not only banks that needs closer scrutiny

There are too many areas of public life where it seems there are those who can get away with whatever they choose and a sense of responsibility have been alarmingly absent.

The Observer, 24 November 2013

Lessons in transparency for the UK government

Shonali Routray highlights the launch of the Whistleblowing Commission report and contributes to the debate on transparency and governence: “the government needs to strengthen protections, increase incentives for organisation to treat whistleblowers well and for regulators to do more.”

The Guardian, 22 November 2013

NACFB APPOINTS THE WRIGLESWORTH CONSULTANCY

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The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) has announced it has hired The Wriglesworth Consultancy as its retained public relations consultancy.  The appointment was made after a competitive pitch process involving a number of other agencies.

The trade body has hired Wriglesworth to communicate with small businesses via the national press.  Wriglesworth director James Staunton will lead a team drawn from the agency’s corporate division including Adam Jones, while founder and CEO John Wriglesworth will manage the analytical component of the brief.

Wriglesworth currently represents the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association and the Equity Release Council having previously worked with the Building Societies Association, and the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries.

Adam Tyler, CEO of the NACFB said, “We operate in an important, sophisticated part of the market and we need an agency that not only understands the complexities of commercial lending but also has an excellent reputation for working with trade bodies and lenders, and organisations communicating with small businesses.  We were looking for an agency that can bring more intellectual rigour to our PR, too.

James Staunton, said,The NACFB saw the value in the research skills we can bring to bear on the commercial lending market.  They aren’t interested in a purely nuts and bolts, bread and butter PR programme.  They want to do something more thoughtful and creative.  That suits us perfectly and we are looking forward to delivering it.

Jan Hills, partner at Head Heart + Brain, and a leadership expert, comments on Marks and Spencer’s financial results

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ImageCommenting on Marks and Spencer’s latest results, Jan Hills, partner at Head Heart + Brain, and a leadership expert says: “A lack of quality leadership is holding some sectors back, and the retail sector is one of the biggest culprits.  Christmas sales were down and stores like HMV and Blockbuster have folded.  Retail leaders aren’t coping well with the pace of change in the sector. They are managing their employees in a threatening way, which is dragging down productivity and making it harder for the sector to adapt to seismic changes in the economy. This is particularly worrying in a sector where there is such a close link between motivated employees, customer service and profitability.”

To get the most out of their employees, and to close the productivity gap, retail bosses need to lead in a more brain-savvy way. They need to maximise feelings of reward in their employees, which will improve the engagement and decision-making of their workforce and ensure they are firing on all cylinders.”

This comment is taken from a research report issued on April 15th

The Paragon Great Buy-to-Let Debate 2013

The Paragon Great Buy to Let Debate 2013

The first Great Buy-to-Let Debate hosted by The Wriglesworth Consultancy took place in London yesterday, with key figures and journalists within the property industry in attendance to discuss the latest issues in the lettings market. The eminent panel, chaired by John Wriglesworth, comprised:

John Heron, Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages
Valerie Bannister, the National Property Director of Your Move and Vice-President of ARLA
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive of the National Landlords Association
Peter Brodnicki, Chief Executive of the Mortgage Advice Bureau
Michael Ball, Professor of Urban and Property Economics at Reading University

The debate highlighted many of the issues surrounding the Buy-to-Let market, most notably the Government’s role in lending schemes, and the position of tenants and landlords regarding rental agreements and further regulation. There was a live Twitter feed of the event which produced excellent on the spot analysis and took the debate to those unable to attend. The audience also had the chance to vote on a number of issues – take a look at the final vote of the debate. Do you agree? Other debate sponsors were Assurant Solutions, Exact Mortgage Experts, LSL Property Services and Mortgage Advice Bureau.