Merchants of Norwich: on the trail of the city’s lost fortunes

Merchants of Norwich: on the trail of the city’s lost fortunes

Posted by on Mar 17, 2021 in Business, Cities, Norwich, Travel & Tourism, Writing

Here’s my recent travel story for The Independent, a lockdown-friendly tour of our fine city of #Norwich. My quest for clues takes me through the medieval streets of one of East Anglia’s finest cities. It’s a fascinating story: for hundreds of years Norwich was England’s richest provincial city. But just when the rest of the […]

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Business, Energy, Energy sector, Writing

I’ve been in Doha, Qatar, writing about the $10.4bn Barzan Gas Project for RasGas. Working with The Point again and other media partners, we’ve been developing a commemorative book – 166+ pages – over a period of around six months. Barzan is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects to date, and the book […]

Work in progress: Italy feature

Work in progress: Italy feature

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Business, Energy, Writing

I’m finalising the latest “country” feature for RasGas magazine. It’s focusing on Italy’s economy and I’ve uncovered a lot of surprises. In the north, in regions like the Veneto, business is booming. Italy is changing fast, so it’s not the poor relation in Europe that you might expect. Far from it, I’m finding… The story will be published in […]

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Built environment, Business, Writing

Working with The Point, I’ve been writing the copy for a series of 10 brochures for Arcadis. They’re one of the world’s largest consultancies in natural and built assets, so it’s been a fantastic project. I’ve interviewed their global sector leads in sectors ranging from bridges to urban transportation, finding out the key concerns. For […]

RCPsych project

RCPsych project

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Writing

It’s really good to see this completed project for RCPsych (The Royal College of Psychiatrists). I’ve been working with BSI experts and the RCPsych team to reduce a large number of standards to two sets – in-patient care and community care. It’s been a complex project involving a lot of conceptual thinking. The streamlined set has removed duplication, […]

Taiwan: Asia’s high-tech powerhouse

Taiwan: Asia’s high-tech powerhouse

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business, Energy sector, Writing

I’ve been writing for RasGas magazine on Taiwan’s economy. It’s everyone’s idea of a success story: one of the four Asia ‘tiger economies’, manufacturing more of the world’s IT products than anyone else – but things are not quite as simple as that. There’s a complex (and politically tense) relationship with China. Most of Taiwan’s manufacturing […]

What our East of England MEPs really think about the Eurozone

What our East of England MEPs really think about the Eurozone

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Business, East of England, Writing

What do our MEPs and business really think about Europe? It turns out that there’s a strong view in favour of staying in Europe (more than 90 per cent of local businesses think that leaving Europe would be bad for business). I’ve been interviewing our local MEPs for their views on Europe and the Eurozone, […]

Is there a high street renaissance?

Is there a high street renaissance?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Business, East of England, Writing

I’m researching a story about the fate of the high street and quickly discovered that it’s not all doom and gloom here in the East of England. But some cities and towns are much more successful than others. It’s not enough to have a wonderful historic centre; there’s got to be more to it than […]

The surreal language of the Cabinet Office

The surreal language of the Cabinet Office

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Business, Writing

The A-Z of office jargon in today’s Guardian is good fun, but it’s not a patch on the surreal language of the Cabinet Office. Here’s a selection, pinched from the Lexicon Guide to Contemporary Newspeak: Legacy (leave a lasting): the next Government will pick up the bill. Open Government: letting people see the bits of […]

Decommissioning – big money in the North Sea

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Business, Energy, Writing

I went along to the EEEGR event on decommissioning opportunities in the North Sea, to find out what this could mean for our region. There’s enormous capital investment, more than in recent years, as the ‘dash for gas’ speeds up and the coal-fired power stations run down. It’s a £35bn market, a great opportunity for […]