Sheffield’s Heart of the City Development

My new hometown of Sheffield is one of many cities coming to terms with the closures of big retail chains. Recent news of John Lewis pulling out of its iconic landmark building in the town seems to be a tipping point. How to address the seismic change in the usage patterns of legacy city centre architecture?

Much has been written about the advantages of the change of use from retail to residential. Originally focused on a younger demographic as the infrastructure needed is cheaper. But recent studies have looked at bringing younger families in from the outskirts, which is tricky…


For some, there are real tensions in developing planning’s core skills. There is a ton of stuff to read yet doing this quickly with full comprehension takes you time. Being part of a fast-moving discussion troubles you, as formulating your ideas, however genius they are thought of later, seems to take longer than others. And to cap it off organising your time has never been a key strength. But on the upside, you are a visual thinker who can ace lateral thinking. Working your nuts off for it, you find speaking and writing for an audience a joy. Can you…


Covid-19 may achieve what pressure groups, lawmakers, strikes, depressions, and terror have all failed at. Change British drinking habits. This could have a dramatic effect on how booze brands advertise in the future.

On the evening of the 4th of June 2017, a group of terrorists attacked London’s, Borough Market. A popular location for nighttime eating and drinking. It was a warm summer night and the area was packed with drinkers thronging the streets. As news of the attack quickly spread, panicked revelers suddenly dropped everything and began sprinting away from danger out into the London night. Of all the…


Rock Against Racism from 1978

Way way back as a teenager I was captivated by the rebellion of punk music and dived deep into it. Clothes, behaviours, and attitudes. I didn’t understand or really initially like reggae music. But it seemed so part and parcel of the punk scene I worked at trying to understand it. At the time we lived in a comfortable middle-class village on the south coast of England. I had no experience or understanding of black culture. But I liked the Clash’s cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police and Thieves’ I loved the subtle anger within it and considered I ‘got’ what…


What is the value of a bank brand in 2020?

With few exceptions, the banking industry appears to be finding it increasingly hard to come to terms with the prescience of start-up FS brands like Starling and Monzo. Kantar recently released a report that said traditional high street lenders had lost a collective £1.6bn in brand value over the last 12 months. This is a big figure. Especially when you consider it means the eight biggest banks in the UK declined by an average of 7% in 2018. …


I’m a planner, I read, lots. It’s the job. Recently I’ve become fascinated by the bestseller lists in non-fiction. There’s appears to be a rather prescient theme running through all the titles; the world is shit here’s how I/you can deal with it. It’s like an end of the world self-help group reading list.

The titles sort of divide into two camps. One, the voices of the hidden. Stories from the unseen struggling in a world of chaos; The Secret Barrister, Tales from a Junior Docter Then there are the evangelists of self-help offering you salvation from a world in…


Time for a new award, the ‘Plain Lion’?

Have we lost the art of plain speaking? Samsung’s Chief Marketing Officer, YoungHee Lee told the audience at Cannes that to connect with GenZ it was important to harness the power of ‘Storyliving’ over storytelling. Twitter pretty universally responded WTF? I know this was at an advertising festival that has history in the championing of made up words. But as many have pointed out since, in the real world it’s laughable. It’s the type of lexicon bingo that has so devalued our industry.

Our job fundamentally is to inform people of the…

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I am Philip Slade. A Strategist. Known to get way over excited by the world around me

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