What we've been up to this week: 20 May

Despite suffering from post-Eurovision blues on Monday, this week has steamed by as we charge headlong into the summer rush. And with the summer comes sports…

Our Sports team was in China for the launch of Road to Wimbledon China this week. The first time the world famous tournament had gone to China to host a junior tennis programme. Heading up the programme was Chinese tennis superstar Li Na, former world No.2 and double Grand Slam Champion credited with popularising the sport in China.

The event began with a press conference featuring Li Na alongside members of the AELTC and the Chinese Tennis Association, as well as a tennis coaching clinic with the best 16 players aged 14 and under in the country. China is the third country to host a Road to Wimbledon event, after it began in the UK in 2002 and moved to India in 2014.

Continuing our love of sport this week saw us join HSBC to unveil a report looking at the future impact of sevens on rugby. Coinciding with the HSBC London Sevens this weekend and rugby sevens’ Olympic debut in Rio only a couple of months away, the report will look at the rising popularity of the format and what this will mean for the sport as a whole.

Our Energy and Industrials team hosted experts from independent environmental consultants E3G to look at the implications on the upcoming EU referendum on the UK’s energy policy and climate commitments. The talk also shed light on how the increasing use of renewable energy sources could lead to regional instability for fossil-fuel dependant nations.

Finally, a few lucky H+Kers spent 3 days this week expanding their minds on our Continuum programme, the sequel to our Collider training course we ran last year, designed to foster stronger entrepreneurial mindsets and to promote new ways of working. Feedback was incredibly positive and those on the course will be sharing what they learnt with their colleagues. 

Robert Isherwood

Hill & Knowlton Strategies Search