Blogs

Blogs and opinion pieces from the IR Society and its members

Blogs 8 March, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023: Interview with Bethany Barnes

Bethany speaks about her IR career across various companies and who has influenced her most.

Blogs 8 March, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023: Interview with Amie Gramlick

Amie talks about her unusual career move into the IRO industry – and what challenges she faced.

Blogs 8 March, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023: Interview with Sonya Ghobrial

Sonya talks about her IR career and recent role working on Haleon's IPO.

Blogs 8 March, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023: Interview with Sandra Moura

An interview with Sandra Moura about her IR career and influences.

Blogs 24 November, 2022

Inside the mind of investors - Nov 2022 - Edison Group

Tech is stumbling, the US$ is king and no one really knows what happens next. But everyone is craving stability.# Effective investor relations are reliant on having deep insight into what investors are thinking. So every month Edison brings you Inside the Mind of Investors.

IR Society News Industry News Blogs 7 September, 2021

The A4S Essential Guide to Enhancing Investor Engagement

A4S and its CFO Leadership Network have produced this practical guide for investor relations teams on communicating effectively with investors about sustainability.

IR Society News Blogs 30 July, 2021

Awards Entry Deadline Extended Until End of August

The deadline to submit an entry for the IR Society best practice awards will be extended until Tuesday 31 August 2021.

IR Society News Blogs 12 March, 2021

Evan Davis announced as our keynote moderator at our 2021 Annual Conference and Festival of IR

We are very pleased to announce that Evan Davis will be joining us again this year as our conference keynote moderator.

Industry News Blogs 3 March, 2021

Report on the UK Listing Review, chaired by Lord Hill

The UK Listing Review, led by Lord Hill, and launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in November 2020 was released on Wednesday 3 March 2021. This forms part of the Chancellor’s plan to strengthen the UK’s position as a world-leading financial centre.

Blogs 29 October, 2020

Goliath investors are all very well, but don’t forget David

Small-investor trading volumes surged in the spring lockdown. Derren Nathan explains what companies need to do to attract these investors, and why retail trends may be a useful signal for institutional investors.

Blogs 15 July, 2020

Corporate reporting: challenging times – the only certainty is uncertainty

In troubling times, the value of clear, thoughtful communication that meets investors’ needs only increases. Thomas Toomse-Smith introduces two key reports from the Financial Reporting Lab.

Blogs 24 April, 2020

A new decade, a new investor relations

It is a difficult time for the UK and global economy. Richard Davies looks back at the history of the IR industry, and provides insight into the new era – ‘IR 3.0’ – when non-financial criteria are dominant.

Blogs 24 April, 2020

Keeping a focus on stewardship

Monitoring the approach of investors to their Stewardship Code duties is a vital part of the Financial Reporting Council's work. Claudia Chapman, who is on the corporate governance and stewardship team at the FRC, talks to Kate Heseltine, head of policy and communication at the IR Society, about the Code and more.

IR Society News Industry News Blogs 21 April, 2020

It’s not binary: acceleration of the trend to digital

These extraordinary times are also proving exceptionally busy for IR. Looking across all corporates on the ingage platform, which includes some 15% of FTSE 100 companies, the total number of investor engagements actually grew by 1.5% year-on-year in March 2020 - but with 55% of those meetings conducted remotely compared to 18% in the same period last year.

IR Society News Blogs 26 March, 2020

Launch of 2020 IR Society Best Practice Awards

At a time of considerable uncertainty as economies and communities struggle to cope with the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic, stakeholder engagement and the use of digital channels has never been more important.The promotion of best practice in IR is one of the cornerstones of the IR Society's existence, and the annual Best Practice Awards, now in their 20th year, play a crucial part in this.

Blogs 20 January, 2020

Putting flesh on the bones of your corporate culture

One of the main challenges for IROs is to monitor their corporate culture and advise if issues are starting to emerge that would affect the business’s reputation. Nick Bastin sets out the problems and some solutions.

Blogs 16 January, 2020

Are companies reporting the climate change information that investors need?

Listed companies in the UK and overseas have taken on board the activists’ messages about the need for meaningful climate reporting, but there is still further to go, argues Stuart Lemmon.

Blogs 13 January, 2020

How to stand out from the crowd in 2020

In an evolving landscape for listed companies worldwide, Sandra Novakov discusses the issues that IROs should be prioritising in the coming year.

Industry News Blogs 14 November, 2019

Key takeaways from The IR Society Breakfast: Activism

We were delighted to be hosted by Georgeson on Wednesday this week for a breakfast panel and Q&A session on Activism. The event was moderated by Anthony Kluk, Head of the Nordic region at Georgeson, with Nick de Bunsen, Director at Teneo, and Michael Henson, an independent investor relations consultant, contributing to an active and informative discussion as guest speakers. Key takeaways were as follows:

Blogs 28 October, 2019

IR for small caps – the principles are the same, but the challenges are different

Clara Melia and Lang Messer consider some of the unique opportunities and challenges faced by small-cap IROs, and discuss how a well-planned IR programme can set you up for success.

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