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 , Politics , select committee
3 min read

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...

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...

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Andy Peel 17th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Brexit , Health , social care
4 min read

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
3 min read

Knowing May, Knowing You

At the start of September, we wrote about Theresa May’s diplomatic dancing. This week you’ll have seen she’s been playing the ‘dancing queen’ once again at the Conservative Party Conference. Many praised the Prime Minister’s keynote conference speech for showing more...

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Charlotte Stockton 4th Oct, 2018 Insight
Brexit , Digital , General News
2 min read

creativity in a crisis

Creativity in a Crisis: Companies who turned issues into opportunities

I spend a fair amount of my time thinking about how leaders and businesses deal with issues or crises. It’s my job to do so, and to be ready to jump into action when existing or potential clients call us requesting immediate support. They know they need our help but they’re not always sure what that help looks like. The best clients enter such arrangements with an open mind. They listen, reflect, and ultimately are willing to take decisive action to remedy the issue they are faced...

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Ned Lamb 2nd May, 2018 Insight
Brexit , Digital , General News
2 min read

creativity in a crisis

Carillion and crisis communications: what’s the verdict?

‘Crisis communications’ is the management and mitigation of severe reputational damage which could threaten a company’s ability to operate in the future. The collapse of outsourcing titan Carillion dominated the headlines for a week. Worth more than £2bn just 18 months ago, and with around 450 government contracts to its name, the company finally buckled under the weight of £1.35bn of debt and a £587m pension deficit in

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Tim Swabey 24th Jan, 2018 Insight
Brexit , Digital , General News
2 min read

creativity in a crisis

Communicating with the community: how developers can win over local residents

With the Government’s recent push to increase the number of affordable homes across the country, developers need to become more effective at local community engagement if they are to take full advantage of this trend. The stereotype of the corporate developer indulging in ‘token’ community engagement before forging ahead with their plans has to be put to bed. It is becoming clear that local authorities such as

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Tim Swabey 27th Sep, 2017 Insight
Brexit , Digital , General News
2 min read