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High noon for higher level apprenticeships?

The Government’s somewhat-stuttering skills overhaul was given a much-needed boost by the news that the number apprenticeships starts have increased. This is the first time that the number has grown since its flagship apprenticeship levy was introduced. Between August 2018 and January 2019, 225,800 apprentices started their training; a ten percent jump on the same period the previous year. However, this still falls significantly short of the 296,600 who started an apprenticeship in the year...

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Caoimhe McElduff 16th Apr, 2019 Insight 3 min read

Why do political and ESG due diligence go together?

Politics and ESG (environmental, social & governance) are natural bed fellows. But they are rarely treated as such, particularly in the diligence process. GK Strategy is the only consultancy offering ESG due diligence (DD) services and political, policy & regulatory due diligence (PDD.) Why do these disciplines belong together? And why should investors see them as two sides of the same coin? Why should companies consider their political and regulatory risks and...

Why Due Diligence is Important for Private Equity

Since being founded in 2009, GK has provided political, policy and regulatory due diligence to private equity investors in the UK, Europe and around the world. We have helped them to navigate political uncertainty in the years after the financial crisis, and now in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. The support that GK provides is an increasingly prevalent part of investors’ considerations as they work through the deal process and weigh up their approach to undertaking due diligence. Along...

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Jamie Cater 3rd Apr, 2019 Insight

5 Things You Can Find On A Political Due Diligence Report

Our head of policy, Jamie Cater, details what a client can expect from a political due diligence report from GK. Interested in finding out more? Get in touch below!

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Jamie Cater 2nd Apr, 2019 Insight

Private Equity: a look ahead in times of uncertainty

With political uncertainty at an all-time high and asset prices sky rocketing, some investors are acting with caution, but should they be? Private equity veteran, Tim Farazmand, discusses what to expect from the sector over the next financial year and how investors should navigate the challenging landscape. What are the biggest challenges and threats facing the private equity market right now? The amount of dry powder is causing fierce competition, which is...

How to invest & operate in regulatory grey zones – the case of cannabis

The ‘Green Rush’ has seen huge increases in cannabis investment. The total market cap of the top 100 cannabis stocks now exceeds $80bn. Investment has now spread to the UK following the relaxation of laws on medicinal and recreational use across Europe. with estimates of a medicinal market size reaching

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Martin Summers 26th Mar, 2019 Insight 3 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...

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...