Four Top Tips for Government Affairs’ Teams in 2019

The long list of challenges facing businesses in 2019 may seem overwhelming to many business leaders and their Boards. Brexit, quite aside from a challenging economic climate, provides a huge amount of uncertainty, creating huge unknowns from trade and customs, people and the movement of labour and governance and reporting to the regulation of goods and innovation and assumed increases in the cost of doing business. Businesses are doing their best to plan for all scenarios, but there is...

The New London Plan: What’s The Latest?

In recent decades, London has excelled at creating jobs and opportunities. But at the same time, the City is still grappling with its housing crisis. To counter this, the new London plan was published in 2018 with ambitious strategies for housing reform and planning policy. The Plan was enthusiastically...

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...

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...

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Joe Berkhout 10th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Brexit , europe , opinion , uk
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...

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,...

2018’s best Select Committee moments

The festive season is upon us, but it seems that Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is not yet feeling the Christmas cheer. When quizzed on the decline of the high street by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee this week. the businessman defended himself by stressing he was “not Father Christmas”. 2018 has seen a wealth of memorable moments from Westminster’s Committee rooms....