case study


A Russell Group and world top-100 university and number one in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2014-15 Times Higher Student Experience Survey.

GK Strategy undertook a project with the University of Sheffield to help them to understand the extent and effectiveness of their stakeholder engagement across their largest Faculty. Our work was aimed at ensuring they are positioned appropriately both internally and externally with the appropriate stakeholders and decision makers.

In order to assess the extent of stakeholder relationships, GK undertook a range of phone and face-to-face interviews with key individuals within the Faculty. GK also asked questions on the CRM system used by the Faculty in order to identify problems with this which were impacting on the effectiveness of communications activity. GK produced a comprehensive report outlining the current status of the use of the CRM system and recommendations for ensuring this is used effectively across the Department. In addition, GK provided a full grid of stakeholder groups and an analysis of the current extent of relationships with these targets, and areas where gaps exist.

Acting as an outside body and being able to ask probing questions as a result, GK were able to identify fundamental problems and make recommendations to solve these in order to ensure an efficient and effective communications strategy. This project has helped to set the foundation upon which Sheffield University will step up its external communication activity.

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The Glass and Glazing Federation

“GK Strategy got to grips with our issues from the start. They worked with us to help set our lobbying objectives, and are now implementing a public affairs programme with the aim of achieving them. They have become an invaluable resource.”

Nigel Rees - Chief Executive

Glass and Glazing Federation

“GK have been an incredibly useful resource in both shaping our external communication strategy and steering this message through to key national decision makers. They have both grasped the essence of the issues and contributed positively to the debate.”

Mark Greaves - Managing Director

LNT Group
Testimonial from James Winterbottom, Investment Manager, Palatine Private Equity

“GK provided real clarity on the political process around amusement and leisure policy which was invaluable to us as we neared completion on this project. Their expertise and insight is highly recommended.”

James Winterbottom - Investment Manager

Palatine Private Equity
Testimonial from Simon Jarman, Chief Executive, Quintex Energy Management Systems

“Having worked with GK in the past I felt they could really add value to Quintex in our business development activity with the public sector. The GK team has helped us to secure a number of excellent profile and commercial opportunities.”

Simon Jarman - Chief Executive

Quintex Energy Management Systems
Testimonial from Dr Tom Smith, Chief Executive, British Society of Gastroenterology

“GK has effectively and professionally supported the BSG’s political, policy and media communications activities for a number of years. The team there has brought us to the point where we are actively influencing and profiling the issues of importance to our members as NHS professionals and specialists.”

Dr Tom Smith - Chief Executive, British Society of Gastroenterology

“In a policy area as complex and dense as planning, GK Strategy have helped develop and maintain a large and complex network of relationships at various levels of local government, as well as supporting our broader communications across different brands.”

Martin Meech - Group Property Director

Travis Perkins plc

“GK helps us understand how our messages resonate with different audiences and provide excellent support whilst dealing with intensive press activity. They have taken their time to understand our business and feel like a natural extension of our team.”

Andy Russell - CEO