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Porta Communications' London office, 50 Basinghall Street - home of Newgate and PPS Group
Newgate Offices, Avenue des Arts 39, Brussels

Newgate Communications is a PR and lobbying agency based in the United Kingdom, owned by Porta Communications and David Wright.

Background

The agency was founded by David Wright, an ex-founding director of Citigate, in 2011.

Newgate Communications is part of the Porta Communications group, also set up by David Wright in 2010.

The name of the communications group seems to link with the many staff who have swapped Citigate for Newgate including Jonathan Clare (another ex-founding director of Citigate and Deborah Saw). [1] [2]

In November 2014 Porta Communications bought PPS Group for £6.2million, paid for in a combination of cash and shares in Porta Communications and merged it with Newgate. The deal meant Stephen Byfield, the managing director of PPS Group, is the new head of Newgate's London and Brussels practices.[3]

Fracking lobbyists

Newgate is a longstanding fracking industry lobbyist. It touts as a major success story on its website how it supported client fracking firm Third Energy in its application to hydraulically fracture a well in North Yorkshire, helping it to secure the first “fracking” approval in the UK for four years.

In 2017 Newgate boasted:

Our team helped Third build its reputation in the local community and nationally ahead of a highly charged and widely reported planning committee meeting, and subsequently through a judicial review. It is now working in tandem with Third on preparations for the operation, due to take place later this year. [4]

In September 2018 the Guardian reported that Newgate was no longer retained by Third Energy, due to the uncertainty over when the company would be given the go-ahead its Nth Yorkshire site. Newgate was still listing Third as a client on the APPC register in the quarter up until 31 August so it's not clear exactly when it ceased working with Third. The agency continues to retain industry lobby group UKOOG.[5]

Community engagement

Newgate bought up the high-profile PPS Group a few years back and promotes 'community engagement' as one of its niche strengths. Now rebranded as 'Newgate Engage', it was 'the first company of its kind in the UK to focus exclusively on local community and political engagement. We have unrivalled experience of working with communities up and down the country, helping housebuilders, developers, retailers and many others consult more effectively with communities and engage with local politicians and the media.'

"Getting under the skin of a local community, mapping out the individuals and organisations that matter, and helping you get them onside, has never been more crucial".[4]

People

2018


Former

Former partners

September 2016-November 2016

Daniel Costen | Tomos Davies | Gavin Devine | Simon Gentry | Ryan Henson | Gareth Jones | Tashi Warr | Charlie Withey

June 2016-August 2016

Daniel Costen | Gavin Devine | Ryan Henson | Gareth Jones | Mark Kerr | Simon Marlow [7]

March 2016-May 2016

Gareth Jones | Mark Kerr | Simon Marlow [8]

December 2015-February 2016

Gareth Jones | Mark Kerr | Simon Marlow [9]

September 2015-November 2015

Gareth Jones | Mark Kerr | Simon Marlow [10]

June 2015-August 2015

Eben Black | Gareth Jones | Kiran Nagendran[11]

March 2015-May 2015

Eben Black | Gareth Jones | Kiran Nagendran | Alex Wrigh [12]

December 2014-February 2015

Eben Black | Patrick Dougherty | Gareth Jones | Kiran Nagendran | Simon Nayyar | Alex Wright[13]

September 2014-November 2014

Eben Black | Patrick Dougherty | Gareth Jones | Kiran Nagendran | Simon Nayyar[14]

June 2014-August 2014

Eben Black | Michael Dowsett | Gareth Jones | Edward McLaughlin | Kiran Nagendran | Simon Nayyar | Charlie Toyne-Sewell | Joanna Vijaykumar[15]

March 2014-May 2014

Eben Black | Michael Dowsett | Gareth Jones | Simon Nayyar[16]

December 2013-February 2014

Eben Black | Michael Dowsett | Gareth Jones | Simon Nayyar | Gemma Ricketts [17]

September 2013-November 2013

Eben Black | Michael Dowsett | Tom Gatzen | Gareth Jones | Simon Nayyar | Gemma Ricketts [18]

June 2013-August 2013

Michael Dowsett | Andrew Dyce | Gareth Jones | John Mullin | Simon Nayyar | Gemma Ricketts [19]

March 2013-May 2013

Michael Dowsett | Andrew Dyce | Henry Ground-Peace | Gareth Jones | Alex Lancaster | John Mullin | Simon Nayyar | Gemma Ricketts | Ben Slater [20]

December 2012-February 2013

Tim Cook | Andrew Dyce | Catriona Foyle | Henry Ground-Peace | Gareth Jones | Alex Lancaster | John Mullin | Simon Nayyar [21]

Former Staff

  • Andrew Robinson - Partner. Now a director at Edelman.[22]
  • Simon Nayyar - Managing Partner. Candidate in the 2015 General Election in Feltham and Heston, also stood in the 2010 General Election.

Clients

APPC lobbying register

September 17-November 2017

2 Sisters Food Group | Aire Valley Park | AlixPartners | Altitude Land | Annington | Aurora Baker Estates | BDE Exeter | Bellway Homes | Boultbee LDN | British Steel Pension Scheme | Broad Environmental | Cab Micro Media | Canyon Bridge | Capital Access Group | Care Holdings | Carter Jonas | Catalyst Housing | City and Country | Columbia Threadneedle Investments | Countryside Properties | Dreamvale Properties - India Buildings | Drumawhandie Consulting | East Lothian Developments | EDF Energy | Edinburgh St James (GP) Limited | Electricity North West | Environmental Service Association | ESB | ESRG Developments | Galliford Try Partnerships West | Gatton Manor Hotel and Golf Course | Gazeley (UK) | Gerald Eve | Goodman Real Estate | GVA | Hadley Property Group | Hargreaves Services | HS2 Ltd | Himor Group - Carrington | Inovyn Enterprises Ltd | Invicta Capital | KN Group | Langham Homes | Langtree - Parkside | Lazari Developments | Liberty One Communications | Linden Homes | Link UK | London Resort Company Holdings | Manchester College Crisis | Marlborough College | MBI Group | Mott MacDonald | Murray Estates | MVV Environment Services | National Grid | Orchard Homes | Palace Capital Northampton | Persimmon Homes | Plutus | Premier Marinas | Protos | Radian | Radian Group | Red Kite Community Housing | Redrow | Renaissance | Round Hill | Rugby Football Union | Saica Pack | Seashell | Severn Trent Water | Southcott Estates | Sunderland City Council | Taylor Wimpey | Tellon Capital | Third Energy | Threadneedle Pension | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Veolia Herts | Viridor Laing | Wates Developments

September 2016-November 2016

Alexander Cummings | ATMIA | British Steel Pension Scheme | Euroclear | High Speed Two (HS2) Limited | Link UK | MBI Group | StubHub | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG)

June 2016-August 2016

2 Sisters Food Group | British Steel Pension Scheme | Euroclear | HS2 Ltd | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group [7]

March 2016-May 2016

2 Sisters Food Group | British Steel Pension Scheme | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [8]

December 2015-February 2016

2 Sisters Food Group | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [9]

September 2015-November 2015

2 Sisters Food Group | Homeserve | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [23]

June 2015-August 2015

2 Sisters Food Group | Homeserve | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) | Yorkshire Building Society [11]

March 2015-May 2015

Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homserve | Porton Group | Third Energy | TISA | UK Municipal Bonds Agency | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Yorkshire Building Society [24]

December 2014-February 2015

Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | Porton Group | Third Energy | TISA | UK Municipal Bonds Agency | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) | Yorkshire Building Society[13]

September 2014-November 2014

Aitch Care Homes | Big Society Capital | Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | Porton Group | SCM Private | Third Energy | TISA | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) | Yorkshire Building Society[14]

June 2014-August 2014

Aitch Care Homes | Big Society Capital | Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | New Age Exploration Limited | Porton Group | SCM Private | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) | Yorkshire Building Society[15]

March 2014-May 2014

Big Society Capital | C&C Alpha Group | Continental Wind Partners | Homeserve | New Age Exploration Limited | SCM Private | Third Energy | Onshore Operators Group | Yorkshire Building Society [16]

December 2013-February 2014

Big Society Capital | C&C Alpha Group | Continental Wind Partners | Homeserve | Investec | Kensington Mortgages | New Age Exploration Limited | Rockwool | SCM Private | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Waitrose | Yorkshire Building Society [17]

September 2013-November 2013

Big Society Capital | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | Investec | Just Retirement | Kensington Mortgages | Rockwool | SCM Private | Third Energy | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Waitrose | Yorkshire Building Society [18]

June 2013-August 2013

Advertising Association | Big Society Capital | Freight Transport Association | Investec | Just Retirement | Kensington Mortgages | Renovo | Rockwool | SCM Private | Ultimate Finance Group | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Urica | Waitrose | Yorkshire Building Society | Youngs Seafood [19]

March 2013-May 2013

Advertising Association | Big Society Capital | Freight Transport Association | Investec | Just Retirement | Kensington Mortgages | Rockwool | SCM Private | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group | Urica | Yorkshire Building Society | Youngs Seafood [20]

December 2012-February 2013

Advertising Association | Babcock | Big Society Capital | Freight Transport Association | Investec | Just Retirement | Kensington Mortgages | Rockwool | SCM Private | The Cheque Centre | Volunteer Development Scotland | Willowind | Yorkshire Building Society | Youngs Seafood [21]

Registrar of consultant lobbyists

Newgate Communications has been registered since January 2015. The register shows all those clients for whom lobbying agencies have met with ministers. Newgates 2015/2016 listings are as follows:

January - March 2015

Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | Porton Group | Tax Incentivised Savings Association (TISA) | Third Energy | UK Municipal Bonds Agency | United Kingdom Onshore Operators’ Group | Yorkshire Building Society

April - June 2015

Board of Investment Mauritius | C&C Alpha Group | Homeserve | Porton Group | Third Energy | TISA | UK Municipal Bonds Agency | United Kingdom Onshore Operators’ Group | Yorkshire Building Society

July - September 2015

2 Sisters Food Group | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG)

October - December 2015

2 Sisters Food Group | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [25]

January - March 2016

2 Sisters Food Group | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [26]

April - June 2016

2 Sisters Food Group | United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [27]

July 2016-September 2016

United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) [28]

Contact, Resources and Notes

Contact

Address: Sky Light City Tower
50 Basinghall Street,
London,
EC2V 5DE

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7680 6550

Website: http://www.newgatecomms.com/

Resources

See: Fracking lobbying firms

Notes

  1. Alec Mattinson Citigate's Jonathan Clare and David Wright reunite to build comms practice PR week, 28 September 2011, accessed 1 October 2014
  2. David Singleton Sharp suits and plans to blaze a trail in lobbying Public Affairs News, 1 March 2013, accessed 1 October 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daniel Farey-Jones Porta buys PPS for £6.2m to strengthen Newgate operation PR Week, 11 November 2014, accessed 14 November 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Newgate Communications, last accessed 12 July 2018
  5. Newgate Communications, APPC Lobbying register, last checked 21 September 2018 and 10 November 2018
  6. Our people Newgatecomms, undated, accessed 1 October 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Newsgate Communications Register], APPC accessed on 10 October 2016.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Register for 1st March 2016 - 31st May 2016, APPC, accessed 24 November 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Newgate Communications Staff list Dec15-Feb16, APPC, accessed 7 April 2016
  10. Newgate Communications staff, Sep-Nov15, APPC.org, accessed 3 February 2016
  11. 11.0 11.1 Register 1st June 2015-31st August 2015APPC, accessed 28 September 2015
  12. Register of members May 2015APPC.org, accessed 7 October 2015
  13. 13.0 13.1 Register 1st December 2014 - 28th February 2015 APPC, accessed 10 March 2015
  14. 14.0 14.1 Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 16 January 2015
  15. 15.0 15.1 Register 1st June 2014 - 31st August 2014 APPC, accessed 17 October 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Register for 1st March 2014 - 31st May 2014 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Register for 1st December 2013 - 28th February 2014 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Register for 1st September 2013 - 30th November 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Register for 1st June 2013 - 31st August 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Register for 1st March 2013 - 31st May 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 Register for 1st December 2012 - 28th February 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  22. Andrew Robinson Linkedin, accessed 16 January 2015
  23. Newgate Communications, Register Sep-Nov 2015, APPC.org, accessed 2 February 2016
  24. Register of members May 2015APPC.org, accessed 7 October 2015
  25. Newgate Communications profile 2015, Register of consultant lobbyists, accessed 4 February 2016
  26. Newgate Communications profile 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 29 April 2016
  27. 'Newgate communications profile 2016', Register of consultant lobbyists, accessed 18 July 2016
  28. 'Newgate communications profile 2016', Register of consultant lobbyists, accessed 24 November 2016