What does 2019 have in store for health and social care?

*Disclaimer, Brexit is only mentioned twice in this blog!   One of the reasons I enjoy working in health and social care policy so much – beyond the obvious gratification you get from knowing you are working in a sector that is literally saving lives – is that it is fast paced and always changing. These changes can be small and come in the shape of new technologies or treatments, or they can be more fundamental and far reaching, like a new funding settlement...

Andy Peel 17th Jan, 2019 Strategy 4 min read

Live to Rent: is luxury renting the new home ownership for millennials?

GK is delighted to announce the launch of their latest report on the luxury rental sector. You can read the full report here: Live To Rent. Housing is one topic that nobody can avoid. Whether considering where you might move next or complaining about high rental prices, we are conversing frequently about our homes – both on and offline. However, the traditional Anglo-Saxon home ownership model...

Brexit Perceptions : A View From Europe

As the UK's exit from Europe continues to consume the country, reactions acrossthe EU have ranged from exasperation to indifference. Politically, EU leaders have remained largely united, particularly on the indivisibility of the four freedoms that characterise the single market. Economically, despite varying dependence on the UK, member states have generally been happy to follow the lead of France and Germany on these issues. This is typical, as both France and Germany usually have dominant...

Joe Berkhout 10th Jan, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Procurement and Social Value : ESG in 2019

2019 will present new challenges for companies in terms of ensuring they have the right ESG (environmental, social and governance) credentials to win tenders. Procurement is an ESG issue that is strongly affected by political and institutional agendas. It’s  important then that companies and investors ensure that the ESG criteria they use reflect this rapidly changing environment. GK’s ESG due diligence and advisory services reflect such changes. One of the biggest developments in 2018...

Martin Summers 9th Jan, 2019 Insight 3 min read

What the waste management sector can expect in 2019

2018 delivered its fair share of problems for the waste management sector. We saw challenges arise from abroad – the largest of these being China’s refusal to import waste in January last year. We have also seen them appear closer to home, with the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy and industry rumours of tax increases on waste incineration. Business leaders should be aware that...

Tim Swabey 8th Jan, 2019 Strategy

Establishing best practice is the key to NHS adoption

Next week, we expect a series of announcements about the NHS that will shape the future of healthcare. The NHS Long Term Plan will lay the blueprint for the future of NHS. It will also detail spending plans for the extra £20.5bn government investment in the over the next five years. Once the plan is released and implementation planning begins, it will be a key time to engage. Meanwhile, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined his top priorities as prevention,...

Edward Jones 4th Jan, 2019 Strategy 4 min read

Culture at GK Strategy : why working with us is great

Considering the workplace continues to evolve and become more modern, a company’s culture is becoming more and more important to employees and potential candidates. However, this is no longer a team building day once a year or  drinks after work on a Friday. As organisations grow with time and as generations of employees change, their needs and expectations in the workplace change too. Employees want flexibility, to be...

Sarah De Rosa 3rd Jan, 2019 Insight 3 min read

ESG in 2019 – the environment

The environment is one aspect of ESG (environmental, social and governance) that continues to be strongly driven by political and regulatory agendas. 2019 will be no exception - especially in relation to climate change, packaging and recycling developments. An ESG approach that is politically-informed - mapping and anticipating such developments at supranational, national and sub-national levels, is therefore, critical to enabling  investors develop their own strategies and manage...

Megan Baxter 2nd Jan, 2019 Insight 2 min read