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Dive In


Dates: September 29th – October 2nd 2015 

The first market-wide festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance

The Corporation of Lloyd’s, the Lloyd’s Market and insurance in general must innovate and adapt to stay relevant.

Technology, globalisation, climate change – these factors are just a glimpse of the challenges ahead. Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) can help.

A diverse workforce and an inclusive culture are magnets for talent. When people feel valued and included at work, they achieve their full potential. Research proves both that diversity fuels growth and innovation, and that inclusivity boosts productivity and performance.

Dive In festival is specifically designed for people working in the Lloyd’s Market to discover more about the business case for diversity and inclusion.

It’s free to attend, with events running in venues across EC3 from 29th September to 2nd October. Each day has a specific focus and theme – starting with Women in Insurance, followed by Multicultural, LGBT and ending with Workability.

Dive In is an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, a collaboration between the Corporation of Lloyd’s, IUA, LIIBA, and the Lloyd’s Market Association, whose aim is to pool resources, widen perspectives and share best practice in diversity and inclusion to effect change faster.


Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security


Olam will be announcing the winner of the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, in partnership with Agropolis Foundation, at the Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture on 16th March 2015 in Montpellier.

The prestigious event convenes leading agricultural scientists from around the world. The shortlisted candidates have been judged by an international jury in conjunction with the Louis Malassis International Scientific prizes. The winner will receive a total prize of US$50,000, comprising US$15,000 as a personal award and US$35,000 as a grant for further research.


Making some noise for UK PR: Gong Communications wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise



Gong is the first PR firm to win this prestigious award in recognition of its successful export of UK communications expertise

London, 21 April 2014: Gong Communications today announces that it has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its growing international business and work with clients in Asia, Africa and the US.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s highest accolade for business success with winners selected by the Prime Minister’s office and approved by HM The Queen. It is free to enter, but companies must submit extensive, independently audited information in support of their entries.

Business to business focused PR firm Gong, and its specialist arts and luxury arm, Muse generate 50% of their revenues from organisations based outside of the UK. Clients include Singapore listed agribusiness, Olam International; emerging markets private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners; Nairobi based real estate development, Garden City; and Fine Art Asia.

Narda Shirley, Gong’s MD said, “We are proud exporters of communications expertise to companies who like us, are international in their client focus. The UK undoubtedly has a language and a time-zone advantage in global communications which we have used to carve a niche working for entrepreneurial and innovative brands who make the news wherever they go.”

Gong and Muse provide clients with a blend of PR services including media relations, events, copy writing and increasingly social media support. Digital communications are a growing aspect of the business and a campaign to find a truly impressive gong using social media, will form the basis of the firm’s own celebratory campaign.

Freya Simms, MD of Muse, commented, “It is a real thrill to have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. To mark winning the biggest gong of all, we are going to fulfil a long-held ambition to find Britain’s most impressive gong to bang in time for the Grant of Appointment ceremony this summer.”

Garden City selects Gong Communications



11 September 2013, London: Gong Communications today announces that it has been selected to provide full service PR, marketing and creative services to Garden City, a 32-acre mixed use real estate development in Nairobi.

Garden City will be built over the next four years and will be home to the largest shopping mall in East Africa, 420 apartments and houses, 20,000m2 of office space and a 3-acre central park. The contract is effective immediately with initial activity focused on creative aspects of the project – refreshing the logo and developing a new website for this $250m project.

Commenting on the win, Gong’s MD, Narda Shirley said, “The scale and ambition of Garden City is a tangible example of the ‘Africa Rising’ story we so often read about. We’re particularly proud to build our real estate practice with a project of this pedigree and to be providing a full suite of services from reputation management to creative design.”

Mike Kingshott, Director at Garden City’s development manager, Aspire said, “Garden City is a flagship project in the East African market and is emblematic of Nairobi’s position as a growing base for local and international brands. Gong’s experience in the region, paired with their sleeves-rolled-up attitude make them the ideal partner for this development.”

About Garden City
Garden City is a $250m mixed-use development located on Nairobi’s newly expanded Thika Superhighway. Designed to be a city within a city, serving communities across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the first phase of construction will be completed by the end of 2014 with subsequent phases to 2017. Garden City is backed by sub-Saharan Africa’s most experienced private equity real estate investor, Actis, working alongside project and development managers, Aspire and Mentor Management.



MJ Hudson selects Gong Communications


12 August 2013, London: Gong Communications today announces that it has been selected to provide corporate communications services to ‘Super Boutique’ law firm MJ Hudson.

The contract is effective immediately with initial activity mainly focused on developing awareness of MJ Hudson as an evolutionary sector specific international boutique firm, focused on asset management.

Commenting on the win, Gong’s MD, Narda Shirley said, “MJ Hudson operates an innovative and client-centric business structure with some exciting news in the pipeline that will cement its place as an industry game-changer – exactly the kind of bold and dynamic client we thrive on here at Gong.”

Eamon Devlin, Partner at MJ Hudson added, ‘We have reached a key milestone in our growth and expansion and need an agency experienced in the alternative asset management space that can help us punch above our weight in terms of market visibility. Gong is also a good fit for us culturally as another international boutique.”

About MJ Hudson

 MJ Hudson was created and designed to service the legal and business requirements of the asset
management and financial services industries. From the outset, it recognised that clients wanted
timely legal advice from true specialists, with more competitive and flexible pricing. MJ Hudson advises on complex M&A transactions and fund formation mandates – offering a highly specialised alternative to traditional law firms.

MJ Hudson’s clients are GPs/managers and investors in Alternative Assets: private equity, hedge, infrastructure, energy, credit and special purpose pools of capital. We also advise HNWs, family offices and ‘aggressive’ corporates.

MJ Hudson is a new generation of law firm representing the next generation of Alternative Assets.


Invest in Africa taps Gong


22 July 2013, London and Accra:

Gong Communications announces that it has beaten off stiff competition in a 3 way pitch to win the corporate communications brief for Invest in Africa.

The contract is effective immediately with initial activity mainly focused in Ghana’s business capital, Accra.

Commenting on the win, Gong’s MD, Narda Shirley said, “This is a great opportunity to work alongside Invest in Africa to identify and showcase a pool of local African businesses capable of operating to international best practice standards to encourage more international companies to source locally, contributing more fully to African national economies as they do so.”

Will Pollen, Invest in Africa’s Programme Director added, ‘We have reached a key milestone in our development and need an agency that can roll its sleeves up and deliver both locally and internationally, working seamlessly with us in the UK, Ghana and beyond as we plan our roll-out into wider sub-Saharan Africa. Gong impressed us for their creativity in the pitch and reputation for consistent and effective delivery.”

About Invest in Africa   Invest in Africa (IIA) is a growing group of international companies working together to address the cross-sector challenges of doing business in Africa. At present, IIA is focused on supporting local businesses by providing greater access to finance, skills and markets, making it easier for international companies working in Africa to source locally and at scale.   IIA was founded in 2012 by Tullow Oil who has since been joined by Lonrho and Ernst & Young. The experience of operating in Africa has helped IIA Partners to understand both the business challenges and the significant business opportunities on the continent.

Our united approach means that companies working in Africa can overcome these challenges and drive cross-sector growth for the benefit of all. IIA Partners are committed to sustainable investment, building long-term local partnerships and supporting the economies in which they operate.




Gong is the official public relations partner of the 5th Annual Oxford Africa Business Conference


The 5th Annual Oxford Africa Business Conference will be held on Saturday, 18th May.

Drawing on Oxford’s experience of educating leaders for more than 800 years, the Oxford Africa Business Conference has emerged as one of the leading global platforms for engaging business and community leaders, academics and investors from around the world on significant business issues in Africa. Along with Harvard, it’s the pre-eminent Business School event focused in Africa in the annual conference calendar.

This year the event expects to highlight those companies, entrepreneurs and leaders who continue to drive the African growth story.

We look forward to welcoming you to Saïd Business School as we explore the rapidly increasing levels of intra-African trade and take a closer look at a range of topics from the tech revolution to the role private equity is playing in unlocking value on the continent.

Tickets to the event are £30 per person before 5th April and £45 per person after 5th April.

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Gong is The Africa Summit’s public relations partner

Gong is The Africa Summit’s public relations partner

Gong is proud to be The Africa Summit’s Official public relations partner.


The event, hosted by The Economist on February 5th, aims to answer some of the most pressing questions facing over 150 investors, senior business leaders and decision-makers.


The summit will be a one-day examination of the world’s new economic engine: Africa. By bringing together politicians, business leaders and investors that are defining Africa’s future, the summit will explore the latest opportunities across the continent. Many investors are still not aware that Africa rivals many of the more traditional emerging market economies in terms of growth and investment yield. The conference should dispel the real, and often imagined, risks associated with investing in African Markets and highlight the ventures currently seeing great returns. As a business destination, Africa remains relatively unknown to the global business community despite being increasingly included in the global dialogue on economic opportunity and growth.


The Africa Summit will contribute in raising awareness of the continent’s dynamic business landscape by providing a platform for discussions on current, and future investment opportunities. This Conference will be a great opportunity to get an insight into the countries who are shaping the Africa of today.



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