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ESG – responsible approaches to vulnerable children

Companies that provide services to children risk losing the trust of children, parents and institutional clients unless they can properly identify and manage vulnerability. Vulnerability is an increasing concern for the investors and companies that GK Strategy advises on ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. It’s a growing issue for providers of educational, childcare, fostering and healthcare services, as well as residential care and  children’s holidays. Vulnerability...

Social Housing: the end of private equity involvement?

Over the last year, GK have provided political, policy and regulatory risk analysis advice on several deals across the housing sector, ranging from the private rented sector to social housing. This increase in deal flow in the sector reflects that in recent years, private investment has plugged a much-needed gap in the affordable housing supply. In light of Theresa May’s announcement at the

Supermarket merger reveals more negative social impacts

After the GMB general secretary claimed that the Asda-Sainsbury’s merger will lead to ‘job losses, cuts to pay [and] terms and conditions’; Asda announced that 2,500 jobs will be at risk ahead of the merger. The grocer is looking to reduce costs across its store operations. This underlines the social value impacts on consumers and on employees. The involvement of both the CMA and the Pensions regulator, on behalf of consumers and employees respectively, is indicative of regulators’...

Isabelle Hillson 22nd Oct, 2018 Strategy

Briefing: IR35 reform

The Government is consulting on plans to extend the IR35 reforms to the private sector, following its introduction to the public sector in April last year. If enacted, this will have a major impact on companies who use contractors, or companies who supply them such as recruitment or umbrella agencies. HMRC has estimated that only 10 per cent of contractors that should apply the IR35...

Isabelle Hillson 10th Jul, 2018 Insight 3 min read

HealthTech: a public health and investor’s dream, or regulatory nightmare?

Ten years on from the launch of the iPhone, the rise of the smartphone is the most significant technological development in a generation. Today the average iPhone is unlocked 80 times per day, with the average user spending 145 minutes interacting with their device, generating reams of personal data that has propelled a handful of companies savvy enough to capture it into the stratosphere. Whilst data has historically centred on search queries, app downloads and purchases, the rise of...

Isabelle Hillson 21st Jul, 2017 Insight 3 min read

A strong and stable society needs lobbying, it’s time to review the Act

In an election campaign filled with noise, one group has been surprisingly quiet – charities. Yet with much of the campaign focused on big social policy issues; health and social care, housing and welfare it is perhaps more surprising still. However, the lack of campaigning does not stem from a lack of things to say, it stems from the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, more commonly referred to as the ‘Lobbying Act’ or amongst...

Isabelle Hillson 1st Jun, 2017 Insight 3 min read

How has the announcement of a snap general election affected the financial and investment community so far, and how will its outcome affect them?

Originally published on In the immediate aftermath of Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election, markets moved considerably: in the world of finance, uncertainty breeds volatility. Markets have now reconciled with the widely anticipated outcome of a landslide Tory win and the expected Brexit route. Both traditional polls and our own sentiment analysis support this prediction. The most recent polls...

Isabelle Hillson 15th May, 2017 Insight 3 min read

Tone Deaf – Why Political Parties Need More Than Just a Good Digital Strategy

Social media is the sharpest weapon in a political party’s arsenal – but strategists are still getting to grips with how to hit the right tone on certain platforms. In 2008 Barack Obama showed the world that social media could galvanise an army of supporters into delivering a crushing victory at the ballot box. Since then, politicians around the world have used social media as a battering ram, smashing past the traditional media gatekeepers like interviewers and editors. The aim is to...

Isabelle Hillson 10th May, 2017 Insight 3 min read