Can Hammond walk the tightrope?

Budgets are typically a tightrope for a Chancellor to precariously traverse. As well as having to effectively manage the economy, encourage growth and stimulate investment, there are a plethora of groups and individuals needing to be satisfied. Party management, the need to deliver for those demographic groups that fit into the government’s current vogue agenda,Read more

Northern Ireland elections – initial analysis

The results are still trickling in from the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, but the first counts have been completed in all 18 constituencies. Final results are expected tomorrow afternoon. The picture emerging so far is as follows: Turnout is up 10% compared to last year’s Assembly elections – the highest since 1998. That voters areRead more

Investing in U.K. plc

Recently Greg Clark announced £229 million investment in science, research and innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Welcomed by industry and a boost to the two new world-class centres that will be built, the announcement cements the government’s commitment to Life Sciences as a central pillar of championing brand ‘U.K. plc’. The IndustrialRead more

Motoring ahead: policy priorities for metro mayors

Voters in Scotland, Wales and swathes of England will go to the polls in May to elect their local authority councillors. For the first time, voters in six English regions will also elect mayors for their new combined authorities. Each combined authority has struck its own unique devolution deal with central government, with some significantRead more

The business of energy – Iain Wright MP breakfast

The deckchairs of government were subject to a major reshuffle after last summer’s EU referendum, and with it, the parallel Parliamentary committees scrutinising them.  One man who’s seat was moved even closer to the helm of Parliament was Iain Wright MP, chair of the BIS Committee which now operates as the Business, Energy and IndustrialRead more

The peers versus the people

The government has won the first round in their battle with the Lords to secure authority for triggering the Brexit process by the end of next month as peers gave an unopposed second reading to the Brexit Bill this week. Tensions were high throughout the two-day debate. Lord Mandelson called for a second referendum, sayingRead more

WA appointed by the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) for strategic public affairs and communications brief

WA has been appointed by the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) to support the trade association and manage its strategic public affairs and communications during a vitally important period in the association’s development. NJUG is a trade association representing utilities and their contractors on street works issues. NJUG works on a UK-wide basis with nationalRead more