Blogs and opinion pieces from the IR Society and its members
IR Masterclass - November 2019
On Wednesday the IR Society hosted its bi-annual IR Masterclass. The half day event featured guests from across the industry speaking on a range of topics, including the macro-economic outlook, how to deal with passive investors, and cyber defence. In our panel session three IROs discussed what they perceive to be the major trends and challenges in their roles today and over the coming year.
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.
Informed issue 104 is out this week!
I am delighted to announce that the Autumn 2019 edition of Informed, the quarterly journal of The IR Society, will be landing on your desk sometime this week!
Blogs 29 July, 2019
IPO rules on unconnected parties haven’t worked: investors are suffering
The dangers to a growing company of having an unsuccessful IPO can be serious, affecting investor confidence, customer relations and staff morale. Fraser Thorne suggests the new FCA rules have not helped.
Blogs 25 July, 2019
Five things to know and do on ESG
The practicalities of dealing with ESG issues can be a headache. Here Kirsty Collins gives the benefit of her IRO experience to outline the five top tips that IR professionals should heed.
Blogs 22 July, 2019
New opportunities as the world moves towards sustainable technologies
Climate change is rising up the corporate agenda and the policy and practical implications need to be urgently assessed, says Stephen Cheetham. The IR community has a vital role to play in this.
Blogs 18 July, 2019
Employee welfare: practice what you preach before it is too late
Employees are often told how much they are valued, but this view does not usually come across in the annual report. Will Rowlands-Rees argues that IROs should address this issue urgently.
Informed Journal - The IR Society quarterly magazine
Informed summer 2019 has arrived!! This edition includes full conference coverage with session reports and photos, a 10-page special feature on ESG, and, as always industry news and current issues.
10 reasons why you should be at the IR Society Annual Conference on June 18
The IR Society's Annual Conference will take place in London on Tuesday 18 June, and if you haven't booked your ticket yet here’s 10 reasons why should be joining us.
Get the recognition you deserve by entering the IR Society Best Practice Awards
Rachel Price, IR Society Best Practice Committee member highlights what judges are looking for in one of the Society's Best Practice Awards, 'Most effective overall communication of company investment proposition.'
Blogs 24 April, 2019
MiFID II – what next ?
Michael Hufton looks ahead to the FCA’s Thematic Review into MiFID II, including predictions, early results, and advice for IROs.
Blogs 23 April, 2019
Informed interview: A changing climate for investor relations
Companies will be acutely aware that investors’ interest in climate change is increasing. Notably, it is increasing at a pace faster than the annual reporting cycle. For many companies, the ‘let’s see how it goes this year and do something next year’ response is not a viable option. So, Informed asked Mike Tyrrell, the editor of SRI-CONNECT, to interview James Hulse – an expert in climate change investment issues – and identify the best ways for companies to respond.
Blogs 2 April, 2019
Best Practice Awards: Best IR relating to a Corporate Transaction
Claire Lavery, Executive Director, Europe & Asia at Rivel Research Group shares her thoughts on the new award 'Best IR relating to a Corporate Transaction', what to look out for and what a simple and effective process it is to enter this year's awards.
Blogs 28 March, 2019
Best Practice Awards: Delivering a consistent and holistic approach to ESG reporting
Nick Rose, Head of Reporting Communications at FleishmanHillard Fishburn and member of the IR Society's Best Practice Committee, shares his thoughts on the 'Best Communication of ESG' award, what to look out for and why you should be entering.
Blogs 21 March, 2019
Launch of IR Society Best Practice Awards - Influencing improvements in investor relations practice
Sallie Pilot, Chair of the IR Society Best Practice Committee shares her thoughts on best practice and why you should enter this year’s awards.
Blogs 11 January, 2019
A best practice business model for annual reports
Many business models miss the mark, as the FRC Financial Reporting Lab confirms. James Houston suggests how to develop useful models.
Blogs 10 January, 2019
Optimising your company website for investors
The corporate website provides a real opportunity to ensure that the investment case is well understood and IR is visible. Sonya Ghobrial analyses FTSE 100 websites to identify impactful ideas.
Blogs 9 January, 2019
The future of investor relations – ‘the silent disrupter’?
Recent changes to the financial markets are having a knock-on effect for investor relations. Keilah Codd discusses the changing talent pool, and encourages members’ collaboration to develop IROs of tomorrow.
Blogs 8 January, 2019
AGM season is fast approaching – being well prepared will pay dividends
In the run up to Christmas, it feels like AGM season is a long way away. Here Ross Hawley relays the voice of the IR Society policy committee by providing useful advice for those wishing to get ahead of the calendar.