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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...

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...

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...

ESG in 2019 – the environment

The environment is one aspect of ESG (environmental, social and governance) that continues to be strongly driven by political and regulatory agendas. 2019 will be no exception - especially in relation to climate change, packaging and recycling developments. An ESG approach that is politically-informed - mapping and anticipating such developments at supranational, national and sub-national levels, is therefore, critical to enabling  investors develop their own strategies and manage...

On your bike! Is cycling the answer to our carbon emissions problem?

GK recently published a blog about zero emissions cars, looking at the government’s Road to Zero Strategy. However, electric vehicles are not the only solution to becoming a greener traveller. In recent months the government has announced a number of plans to make life better for cyclists. This...

When Labour say #changethemedia, what do they mean?

Last week Jeremy Corbyn delivered the Alternative MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, launching a series of ideas on the future of the media in our country. Shortly following the speech, our computer screens were awash with the term #changethemedia, a provocative and deliberate phrase to capture people’s attention. And for a couple of hours, it did just that, before the next silly season story stole the headlines. Picking a battle with the media elite will seem like a sensible...

Ticketmaster: taking a proactive political position

Last week, Ticketmaster UK announced that it would be closing its ticket resale sites in October in a bid to combat ticket touting. Ticketmaster have not listed any new events on Get Me In and Seatwave since Monday 13th August. The decision comes a month after the Irish...

Leaders must change their approach to survive in a crisis

There have been a few too many well-documented crisis moments for big organisations recently. When a crisis – defined as a critical issue which threatens an organisation’s ability to continue functioning – erupts, business leaders often fall back on old methods to tackle negative media and stakeholder pressure. We’re seeing new manifestations of how negative news stories unfold and gather momentum. At times of crisis, this slowness to adapt and inflexibility of approach has cost...