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Academic Research – not just about findings, but also impact!’

Mike Williams takes a look how GK strategy can help UK universities to increase the policy impact of their academic research, and how the postponement of the Research Excellence Framework submission deadline presents a golden opportunity to demonstrate the value of their work to policymakers. Christmas might only come once a year, but the Research Excellence...

How important are select committees and their new chairs?

As we wait for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats to complete their respective leadership elections, some other significant elections have taken place within the House of Commons recently. The chairs of the Commons select committees – the prominent cross-party groups of MPs that scrutinise the activity of each government department and other political issues – were confirmed at the end of last month. Alongside frontbench opposition MPs, committee chairs are some of the highest-profile...

How the Conservative majority will change political risk for investors

The Conservatives’ majority of 80 seats has removed one of the biggest political risks to investors. A hung parliament, let alone a Labour administration, will remain a distant possibility. The Prime Minister no longer needs to tread carefully to win votes in the Commons. Yet, the actions of this single-party government – the first significant majority in the UK for over a decade – will be more complex to forecast. The dynamics of Parliament and politics have changed...

What investors should watch out for in big tech regulation

We have known for a while that the relatively lenient regulatory environment for big tech companies is coming to an end. While western governments have encouraged growth of these companies through a soft approach to taxation and user rights, they are now making moves to crack down on the skewed distribution of power between tech giants, their competitors and users. The issue is now overlaid by ongoing US-EU trade tensions as a result of US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on...

Carlsberg: proof that producing poor products sustainably isn’t sustainable – and shouldn’t be celebrated.

"Probably NOT the best beer in the world" Carlsberg has won lots of plaudits for its frank new advertising campaign (pictured) admitting that 'we lost our way. We focused on brewing quantity, not quality; we became one of the cheapest, not the best.' A new TV

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GK Strategy 9th Jul, 2019 Insight
ESG , insight , sustainability
3 min read