Our public affairs team is led by director Lindsay McGarvie, former Scottish Political Journalist of the Year. Our consultants’ expertise and knowledge helps keep our clients abreast of developments from Holyrood and Westminster which could impact on their business as well as offering support in effectively engaging political, community and other stakeholders. Our services include inquiries & commissions, policy analysis, political advocacy, monitoring & insight and stakeholder engagement. We are registered on the UK Lobbying Register and PRCA Public Affairs Register.
The key to successful engagement with political stakeholders is preparation and practice. Our specialist training team works with CEOs and senior business figures to ensure that they are prepared, confident and calm in situations ranging from parliamentary committees to cross party group presentations and broadcast opportunities.
Whether it’s keeping the local community informed of a new housing development or communicating with special interest groups and elected representatives on major infrastructure projects, effective stakeholder engagement is crucial. Our structured process helps clients map and prioritise stakeholders and provides expert advice on how to best to communicate with them to inform, influence and drive positive action.
Developing political advocacy is at the heart of our public affairs services. We create effective strategies and campaigns to build support among key political influencers and decision makers and shape policy.
Our team closely monitors the political landscape on a daily basis, creating tailored reports that track relevant issues and developments, providing knowledgeable insight and analysis. A vital tool for many clients, these reports cover current issues and scan the political horizon for potential opportunities and threats providing an easily digestible summary of the week in politics.
Legislative, regulatory and taxation policies and more can wield a substantial impact on business operations. Our expert team can analyse and interpret clearly and concisely the potential implications of proposed policies to help inform planning and business decisions.
Our specialist team is adept at handling the unique and complex requirements of public inquiries and commissions including managing media, organising events and engaging with key stakeholders. Our experience includes the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, Edinburgh Tram Inquiry and the Commission on Local Tax Reform.