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5 Responsible Business Trends you can’t afford to ignore

For just thirty seconds I would like you to picture an ethical consumer. Their clothing, their age, their interests, who they hang out with… If you thought of a middle-aged, mung bean eating, tie dye, sandal and sock wearing eco warrior then you are wrong. In 2019, the ethical consumer can (and should) be anyone, so businesses must ask themselves what impact they have on the planet, on people and on customers – and therefore how they can be a responsible...

Viya Nsumbu 17th Apr, 2019 Strategy 2 min read

NICE: Guiding adoption and spread of innovation in the NHS

Research and innovation is a priority for NHS. With demand for health services rising, deploying new technology and treatments is seen by NHS leaders and government as they key to improving productivity and standards of care in the health service. It’s therefore no surprise that research and innovation was a key focus of the NHS Long Term Plan. While there is already a wide spread recognition of...

Edward Jones 9th Apr, 2019 Strategy 4 min read

Working with management teams of investor backed businesses

There are many reasons why investor backed businesses look for support as they progress through their investment cycle. Many businesses securing PE backing for the first time oftentimes lack what they need: For example, they 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. GK working with Management teams Over the past...

Being a Woman in Public Affairs

Our director Rebecca shares her thoughts on her experiences as a woman in the public affairs industry: Harriet Harman MP said that: “The strength of the collective is key; one woman can never make a 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. This presents an opportunity for women to come together to push for more rights, better representation, and...

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. Firstly, reorganising and secondly, developing long term plans. The Health and Care Act has been in force since 2012. Since then, the NHS has slowly but surely been moving away from the commissioner/provider split set out in the Act. This is because NHS leaders shifted policy toward a health and care system centred around population-based integrated services. Here are 10 pieces of news GK...

Outcomes-based pricing for medicines: a solution to the tug of war?

The Government this week announced that it will trial new outcomes-based pricing for antibiotics. Specifically in the battle against AMR. It is time to look at innovative pricing models. And to ask if they can end the tug of war over price between industry and government. There is a paradox in the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the Government in relation to medicine pricing. The typical story is that the Government turns to industry for solutions, be they...

Metro Mayors – what do people think two years on?

In May 2017 six new metro mayors were elected in combined authorities across England. Now, nearly two years on, we investigate their impact so far. We have previously researched devolution in England prior to the 2017 mayoral elections, concluding that the idea had failed to capture people’s interest in the way other issues have. Has this changed? Eight city regions so far have a devolution deal with the national...

Charlotte Stockton 28th Feb, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

What impact will the launch of The Independent Group have?

On Monday morning, a group of 7 (now former) Labour MPs announced their split from the party. Instead, they will sit as a group of independent MPs under the aptly named The Independent Group. Another former Labour MP, and three former Conservative MPs, have now also joined. They are not forming a new party – yet – but what impact might they have? Who are The Independent Group? There are 8 former Labour MPs, and 3 former Conservative MPs, currently in the...

Charlotte Stockton 21st Feb, 2019 Strategy 3 min read