Working with management teams of investor backed businesses

There are a multitude of reasons why investor backed businesses look for support as they move through their investment cycle. For many businesses securing PE backing for the first time, they often do not have the internal infrastructure and communications structures in place to support sustainable long-term growth on day one. For others, they have long received PE backing and are seeking new areas for growth. Over the past 10 years GK has supported PE backed businesses in need of political...

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Emma Petela 20th Mar, 2019 Strategy 2 min read

Update: can The Independent Group maintain the public’s interest?

  When The Independent Group launched in February, GK wrote a blog pondering the group’s possible impact on UK politics. Now, a month into their existence, have they managed to maintain that momentum, and how the public have reacted after the initial burst of interest at the group’s creation? We...

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Charlotte Stockton 19th Mar, 2019 Insight 1 min read

Genomics – achieving all we ever hoped for from medicine?

It was during a press conference at the White House in June 2000 when the Human Genome Project, an international research collaborative, announced the first draft of a human genome had been sequenced, essentially mapping out the blueprint of our DNA. "We now have the possibility of achieving all we ever hoped for from medicine." – The then UK Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury It was a landmark moment for medical research, with society stood on the brink of an era of...

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Andy Peel 15th Mar, 2019 Impact
DNA , genetics , genomics , Health , medicine
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Five tips on how best to engage investors on ESG

Hundreds of private equity (PE) firms face an April deadline to report against the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment). It’s a good time then to consider how PE can best engage with their investor base on ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors when raising funds or communicating about their portfolios. The temptation is to report lots of ESG data about the portfolio – as several big PE firms do – but this requires significant...

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Martin Summers 14th Mar, 2019 Insight 3 min read

The aviation industry: onwards and upwards?

It seems like investment in the aviation sector is flying high, as 69% of private equity and venture capital professionals expect the amount of money their industries invest in the sector to increase throughout 2019 and 2020. But why the upwards interest in investing in an industry that could pose many risks, including that of an ESG and regulatory nature. The...

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Charlotte Stockton 12th Mar, 2019 Insight 2 min read

Being a Woman in Public Affairs

Our director Rebecca gives us her thoughts on her experiences as a woman during her career in the public affairs industry: Harriet Harman MP said that: “The strength of the collective is key; one woman can never make change on her own. Women have to be the engine for their own liberation”. This is particularly valid at a time when politics and society are facing significant challenges, and this presents an opportunity for women to come together to push for more rights,...

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Rebecca Lury 8th Mar, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Inspirational Women on International Women’s Day

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, and this is certainly an ideal we embrace at GK Strategy. We aim for a gender-balanced workplace, with currently 40% of employees being women, including over half the senior management team! We therefore see the incredible value that women add to our business every day – as well as businesses around the world. Indeed, after the Fearless Girl statue arrived outside London’s Stock Exchange earlier this week, State Street...

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Charlotte Stockton 8th Mar, 2019 Insight 3 min read

Reorganisation of the NHS – 10 things we have learnt

To celebrate it 70th Birthday the NHS has been partaking in two of its favourite activities – reorganising and developing long term plans. Since the inception of the Health and Care Act in 2012, the NHS has slowly but surely been moving away from the commissioner/provider split set out in the Act as NHS leaders shifted policy toward a health and care system centred around population based integrated services. Here are 10 pieces of news we have learnt about the latest...

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Jennifer Berger 7th Mar, 2019 Strategy 5 min read