What will the NHS Long Term Plan mean for mental health policy?

On 7 January 2019, the Prime Minister Theresa May MP and NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens outlined the NHS Long Term Plan (The Plan), setting out a ten-year vision for health services in England. The Plan represents the start of a conversation about how to sustain the NHS and determines how the additional funds earmarked for the NHS will be organised over the next decade. The Plan also has major...

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Jack Sansum 12th Feb, 2019 Insight 5 min read

Using Parliamentary Select Committees to shape policy and raise profile

Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, businesses, trade associations and the third sector have experienced a sustained period of uncertainty. It is not just the Groundhog Day feeling generated by the process that is frustrating, but the lack of a domestic agenda in Parliament. The legislative process has noticeably slowed. A combination of Brexit and a minority Conservative Government has made any prospect of initiating transformative change in crucial areas such as health and education...

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Joe Cormack 6th Feb, 2019 Insight
Brexit , policy , select committee
3 min read

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...

Casual Dining and Private Equity Investment

According to a recent report published by the Centre for Retail Research, a staggering 10,000 workers in Britain’s casual dining market lost their jobs during 2018. This shocking statistic comes even though, since 2010, the casual dining market has experienced huge growth, with a 16% increase in the number of restaurants, according to real estate adviser Altus. In more recent years, private equity has taken advantage of this...

GK’s 10 year anniversary and lessons learned

As GK celebrates its tenth anniversary, I’m incredibly proud of where the business is now. Our timing was awful when we started this business, just as financial Armageddon hit in 2009. I gave up my job at a well-established Public Affairs company and joined my business partner Luke Kennedy to begin the GK journey. Fast forward ten years and GK has 30 staff, we have worked with a multitude of clients, we’ve successfully expanded our service offering...

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...

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...

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...

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Sarah De Rosa 3rd Jan, 2019 Insight
careers , culture , job
3 min read