Webinar: Levelling-up Post-Covid

Webinar: Levelling-up Post-Covid

The Conservative Party’s victory at the 2019 General Election was meant to herald a new era of investment in ‘left behind’ parts of the UK following BREXIT.

But how has the Covid-19 pandemic and economic measures taken by Government in response going to affect this agenda?

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Warrington South MP Andy Carter will be joining BECG’s Kevin Whitmore and Cavendish Advocacy’s Alex Challoner in conversation to discuss what the priorities for the region should be.

From infrastructure investment to housing, business support to HS2, skills to more powers for the region join us for a wide ranging discussion about how to get the economy moving.

Our speakers:

Ben Houchen
Tees Valley Mayor




Andy Carter
Warrington South MP





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Webinar: Conservative Party Conference 2020

Webinar: Conservative Party Conference 2020

The Conservative Party Conference was held from 4th to 7th October 2020, and for the first time, virtually. Cavendish Advocacy and BECG joined the conference with a joint fringe tent with the following sessions:

  • Levelling-up in a Post-Covid World
  • US-UK Free Trade Agreement: The next step in the special relationship
  • Transport: an Electric Future
  • Planning for the Future: Will it get Britain Building?
  • America Decides: Countdown to the 2020 US Presidential Election

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Webinar: We have a deal. What does our new relationship with the EU mean for you?

Webinar: We have a deal. What does our new relationship with the EU mean for you?

After months of intense negotiations, we are leaving the EU with a deal.

To understand what happens next, Cavendish Advocacy was joined by an expert panel to discuss what the deal means for the UK economy, what businesses need to do to adapt, and what our future relationship with the EU looks like.

Our expert panel included:

  • Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Chair of the Conservative One Nation Caucus and former First Secretary of State
  • Inga Karten, from leading German agency Miller & Meier Consulting
  • James Sibley, Head of International Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses

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Webinar – Roundtable: Winning work internationally 27 November 2020

Webinar – Roundtable: Winning work internationally 27 November 2020

This special Infrastructure Intelligence roundtable event, featuring our Managing Director Alex Challoner, focused on the international sector and examined key trends, developments and prospects for UK firms looking to work overseas. In the post-Brexit business landscape, it is likely that some firms will need to cast their horizons further afield in the search for work opportunities.

A recent study by the UK Department for International Trade identified around 25 separate infrastructure export-related initiatives underway highlighting the growing recognition of a key export sector, but there are concerns about the need for better coordination.

The merger of DFID and FCO into a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Department may signal a welcome level of coordination and this roundtable looked at what this all means for infrastructure firms looking to work internationally.

Get the low-down on winning work overseas by watching this roundtable discussion.


Expert panel included:

  • Patricia Moore, UK Managing Director, Turner & Townsend
  • Martin Bellamy, Managing Director, BAM Nuttall
  • Nathan Holloway, Managing Director, Management & Surveying, WYG
  • Tom Cargill, CEO, British Expertise International
  • Matt Crossman, Deputy Director, Infrastructure, Department for International Trade
  • Alex Challoner, Managing Director, Cavendish Advocacy 
  • Bruce Tomlinson, Chief Executive, HR Wallingford


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Webinar – US Presidential Election 2020: What next for the new President? 10 November 2020

Webinar – US Presidential Election 2020: What next for the new President? 10 November 2020

Next week’s US Presidential Election is set against a backdrop that has been like no other, with a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and a September surprise in a Supreme Court vacancy. As the dust settles on the result, join Cavendish Advocacy on Tuesday 10 November at 4pm for a webinar that explores how the election played out.

 Leading US strategists representing both parties, Barry Bennett (Rep) and Manuel Ortiz (Dem) will talk us through what helped the victor, what cost the loser the election and what the first 100 days will look like for the new President and his relationship with the UK. 

Our speakers:

Barry Bennett (Republican)
Partner, Avenue Strategies

Active in conservative politics for 30 years, Barry recently served as Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign. Earlier in the 2016 election cycle, he managed the campaign of Dr. Ben Carson for President. During his tenure, Barry led a GOP-record $60 million fundraising effort and built a multi-faceted social media program, engaging more than 5 million Dr. Carson followers on Facebook.

Previously, Barry served President George W. Bush as G-8 Communications Director, when the United States hosted the meeting. He also served as Chief of Staff to three different Members of Congress. Before that, while putting himself through school, he became the Assistant Sargent of Arms of the Ohio Senate.

Manuel Ortiz (Democrat)
Founder, VantageKnight

Manuel Ortiz is a prominent Democratic strategist and widely recognized as one of Washington’s top lobbyists. Manuel has frequently been featured in national media for his lobbying acumen, including CNN, The New York Times, the National Law Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and The Hill newspaper where he was profiled as a top lobbyist nine years in a row.

He is a trusted corporate advisor to Fortune 50 CEOs and foreign governments that depend on him for his Washington ties, strategic advice as well as development of comprehensive government relations plans to address complex issues. His extensive experience guiding corporations has earned him a strong, results-driven reputation among his blue-chip clients, such as Citibank, Sony, Fidelity, FedEx, Microsoft, Hilton, Qualcomm, Visa, and Verizon. His expertise is focused in the areas of immigration, telecommunications, transportation, financial services, tax, and energy. Manuel is well-known for his work on healthcare and Wall Street reform bills.

Alex Challoner (Chair)
Managing Director, Cavendish Advocacy

A political strategist with more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs and communications advocacy, Alex provides clients with senior counsel to ensure policy supports their corporate aims, be that policy change or raising their profile on key issues.

As a former adviser to the Conservative Party during the 1997 General Election Campaign, Conservative Campaign Director of the London Mayoral Campaign in 2000 and current Board Member of the Tory Reform Group, Alex has a comprehensive knowledge of the key figures and the trends and power-bases within the Party.

He has advised clients such the Met Office, John Lewis Partnership, Canal & River Trust, Crest Nicholson, Aster Group and Arvato.