Think Ahead To The Next Election

It is always worth considering some options for the future so that you can plan for them. Some will come to pass, others will date quite badly. But thinking ahead to where policy and Government may go can help you gain a tactical advantage over others. There is always a danger of thinking in a …

Beware Damaged Political Relationships

The Covid period has been challenging for engagement with Government. Many organisations have had to fight hard for support. As we enter a different phase there may be damaged political relationships that need to be repaired. The ways in which support, particularly financial, was secured varied between sectors. Some appeared to be higher on the …

Corporate affairs, consultancy and campaigns – post-Covid

By Az Chowdhury, Senior Partner, Nudge Factory. Our business is built on relationships, knowledge, and our ability to deliver results. These relationships are rooted in trust. And trust, like reputation, is cultivated, tested, and built over time. A perennial debate within public relations is whether we ought to ditch the term ‘PR’. It’s true that …

Johnson Government 2.0: The Relaunch Is Underway

With the social and economic lockdowns coming at a gradual end, the political lockdown is ending too. This leaves Boris Johnson’s government in need of a jump-start and it will need help it getting going again. Whilst Wales appears to be adopting a more cautious approach, the rest of the UK is gradually re-opening, even …

The Art Of An Effective Briefing Paper: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

With political lockdown starting to ease, the Government will need to demonstrate that it has ideas for the future.  That should be viewed as an opportunity for pro-active public affairs engagement. So getting the briefing papers right is the starting point. Given that it was only elected in December 2019 and within only a few …

The Rise (Again) Of Labour

The Labour Party under Sir Keir Starmer is starting to show that despite a Government majority of 80, they can be a force to reckon with. Therefore any good public affairs programme needs to take its Labour relations seriously again. For many organisations, their relationships with the Corbyn-led party could be a balancing act. Business …

A media relations review of the Cummings’ press conference

By Keren Haynes, co-managing director, Shout! Communications. Imagine you had arrived on earth from another planet, knowing nothing of what had gone before, and you saw the Dominic Cummings press conference last Sunday. With no preconditions and never having heard allegations of his apparent arrogance,  the fact Cummings was 30 minutes late for his own party already …

Central vs Local: The post COVID-19 battleground

With the government providing more details of the way out of lockdown, we can start to see the new dividing lines of politics, the challenges that we will face but also the constructive areas for engagement. One of the main areas of concern will be the extent to which we see more centralisation of power. …

Virtual stakeholder engagement

By Jo Field, Founder and Managing Director, JFG Communications. Over the past few months businesses throughout the world have had to adapt to a completely new way of working as the Covid-19 pandemic has unfolded. What was once just an option for many of us has now become a necessity and we’ve adjusted to remote …

Public Affairs in the New Normal

By John Kavanagh, The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all professions across all sectors. For those working in public affairs, the post-COVID19 new normal will require a step change in how we think about, and plan for, the operation of government for the foreseeable future. For anyone monitoring the situation, it’s clear that the government’s pre-crisis …