Decision time for HS2: another victim of the UK’s infrastructure failings

Ten years since it was first launched, with £7.4bn already spent and yet another review announced, the benefits of HS2 are being questioned once again. Whilst arguments in favour of HS2 have remained unchanged for a decade – reduced travel times will boost the national economy and drive regional growth – the economic, technological and societal context have changed almost unrecognisably since 2009. It is a depressingly...

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GK Strategy 17th Sep, 2019 Insight
uk , Politics , UK Politics , HS2 , infrastructure
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Why health sector sales and marketing teams need to understand the policy landscape

Local sales reps are integral to the business of many organisations which supply essential products and services to the NHS, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices and cleaning products. They are the frontline of business, developing relationships with customers and leading conversations which retain existing and create new business. Naturally, it is essential for sales teams to know about the products they are selling. However, it is just as essential to understand wider policy...

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Edward Jones 12th Sep, 2019 Impact
Health , NHS , policy , sales , commissioning
2 min read

Vote for GK at the British Private Equity Awards 2019!

GK Strategy is delighted to be nominated as Specialist Due Diligence Provider of the Year in the Unquote British Private Equity Awards 2019. The shortlist is drawn up by a panel of industry experts and then opeen to a public vote, so we would really appreciate your support in voting for GK here:  

The lost parliament? Analysing the 2017-19 session

Depending on your politics, the Prime Minister’s decision to shut down parliament from the 9th September until the 14th October is either a coup d’etat to thwart opponents of a no-deal Brexit or a natural end to the most unusual and most unproductive parliamentary session in history. Long time coming What makes the 2017-19 session unusual is its length - typically, parliamentary sessions last for one year. This parliamentary session has now overtaken the 296...

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Johnny Munro 10th Sep, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Queen's Speech , Bills , Legislation
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Creating market value: why invest in strategic communications

Why investors and investor-backed businesses should invest in strategic communications Creating market value is the name of the game for private equity investors. The moment an investor buys an asset, it immediately joins the queue to be sold again. Straight away there is significant pressure to make changes to ensure it grows and can secure a higher multiple on exit. I was at a talk recently and an investor spoke about how they could only make three to five big strategic choices...

Engaging with the Conservative Party’s new policy forums

Since barrelling into Number 10 and laying down the law with civil servants, fellow special advisers and junior ministers in his first week, Dominic Cummings has given the impression that he alone is running the government. His ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy for leaks has already been widely derided, with an immediate leak from a dazed Spad last week confirming that...

Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit?

“There will be opportunities for us when parliament returns in September to stop no-deal”. The words of Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth echo what many MPs have publicly stated as they seek to advert a no-deal Brexit. Is this true? Well, that is far from certain. It is true that Parliament has plenty of options to break the resistance of a Prime Minister committed to a no-deal Brexit, including revoking Article 50, declaring no confidence in the sitting Prime Minister,...

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Jack Sansum 20th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Politics , UK Politics
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Summer internship at GK

Having spent two weeks at GK last year, I returned to the office eager to build on the wealth of knowledge and experience I had gained previously. Whilst there were some unfamiliar faces upon arrival, as is the nature of this work I am told, I was given a brief reintroduction to the team and quickly settled back in, much to their credit. Summer 2018 vs 2019 Over the course of the first week, the stark difference from my time last year, in responsibility, autonomy and workload became...

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GK Strategy 14th Aug, 2019 Impact
internship
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