BECG Group UK Consultancy of the Year at the PRCA Public Affairs Awards

BECG Group UK Consultancy of the Year at the PRCA Public Affairs Awards

During a year unlike any other, Cavendish Advocacy’s parent company, BECG, has won UK Consultancy of the Year at the PRCA Public Affairs Awards  after being nominated ten times  by judges from the PRCA National Awards, PRCA Public Affairs Awards, ICCO Global Awards and PR Week Awards.

At the PRCA Public Affairs Awards ceremony, which was held virtually via Zoom, the Group also won trade body campaign of the year for the delivery of a campaign that successfully secured employment support initiatives from the Government. 

The awards don’t stop there, earlier this week, the Group also won the Crisis and Issues Management Award at the ICCO Global Awards for our successful delivery of reputation management and a comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy following a large fire incident.

And it was announced, that the Group has been shortlisted at the upcoming PR Week Corporate, City and Public Affairs Awards, for two further awards. As a contender for the Best Campaign to Actively Form or Shift Government Policy and Best Crisis Comms (excluding the coronavirus) category. 

Managing Director of Cavendish Advocacy, Alex Challoner commented:

“We are delighted our parent group BECG has been named the consultancy of the year, which is a huge achievement, and Cavendish Advocacy’s own award for Best Trade Campaign which together made the year end on a high note. Without a doubt, the year 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for all of us owning to the global pandemic and Brexit.


Just like businesses of all nature and size across the globe, we had to overcome a number of hurdles this year such as adjusting to the working from home environment and financial pressure.  I pay tribute to the hard work of my colleagues and look forward to the day when we can celebrate all these successes with our BECG colleagues in proper face-to-face style.”

Covid Recovery Strategy

Covid Recovery Strategy

The Prime Minister has today outlined the next phase of the Government’s plan to de-escalate social distancing restrictions and help get the economy back to work


He explained that the rate of infection remains low and stable, whilst deaths from coronavirus continue to decline. He also emphasised that Test and Trace continues to grow in effectiveness and highlighted how 200,000 tests are now being delivered per day.


Ahead of winter, he said that an additional £3 billion will be invested in the NHS to help maintain capacity and ensure adequate stockpiles of ventilators and PPE. Alongside this, he said that the Government will deliver 500,000 tests per day by the end of October, to help address the expected rise in people displaying coronavirus like symptoms due to seasonal illnesses.


The PM also announced that a new framework will be introduced to tackle local outbreaks when they occur. Local authorities will be granted new powers to close businesses and other premises, whilst new regulations will be introduced to allow the Government to intervene and introduce further lockdown restrictions where necessary.


Regarding returning to work, the PM said that from the beginning of August people should feel comfortable making use of public transport,  and that employers will be provided with the discretion to allow their employees to work from home, or return to their offices where this can be done safely.


This easing of restrictions, will be accompanied by a raft of other changes to help reopen the economy, and the Government will:


  • Reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos, accompanied by COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This will not include particularly high-risk activities and settings such as nightclubs, which will be kept under review.
  • Enable the restart of indoor performances to a live audience, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, subject to the success of pilots that are taking place.
  • Enable all close contact services to resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application.  
  • Carry out pilots in venues with a range of sizes of crowds, including sports stadia and business events. The pilots, some of which will begin in late July, will be carefully monitored and evaluated to inform future decisions on any further relaxation of the rules.
  • Enable wedding receptions; sit-down meals for no more than 30 people, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines.


In terms of the future timeline, the PM explained that from September, all schools will reopen at full capacity, whilst from October he hopes to restart conferences, business events and crowds in stadia. Further restrictions will be reviewed in November, however, it should be emphasised that these all remain dependent of infection rates remaining low and controlled.


Full details out what was announced today can be viewed via this link.

BECG acquires and re-launches Cavendish as Cavendish Advocacy

BECG acquires and re-launches Cavendish as Cavendish Advocacy

BECG has acquired public affairs consultancy, Cavendish, and re-launched the business as Cavendish Advocacy.

Cavendish Advocacy brings together in-depth national and international public affairs expertise with innovative digital communications, creating a leading political advocacy business advising clients how to succeed in our fast-moving and interconnected world.

Cavendish Advocacy will continue to trade as a separate company under the refreshed brand. With a 17-year track record in government relations advocacy across the UK and internationally, Cavendish’s clients include Google, Starbucks, Infosys, Aster Group, Keolis and Canal & River Trust.

With a world more digitally connected than ever before, Cavendish clients will be able to benefit from integration with BECG’s digital and social media expertise. Cavendish will also benefit from BECG’s UK office network with its expertise, networks and understanding of devolved and regional government.

BECG’s existing government relations clients will have access to Cavendish’s established national and international network, expertise, and experience in political advocacy and government relations. This will strengthen both companies’ ‘levelling up’ service support for clients as the understanding of the interaction between Westminster, regional and local government grows in importance

The founder of Cavendish, Alex Challoner, who has a 25-year track record in political advocacy, will continue as the Managing Director of Cavendish Advocacy and join the Main Board of BECG reporting to BECG CEO Stephen Pomeroy.

CEO of BECG Stephen Pomeroy, said:

“Continuous change is the new-normal across the globe and this acquisition and re-launch of Cavendish Advocacy, which we initiated at the beginning of 2020, provides clients with the digital advocacy services they need to secure commercial success. Covid-19 is posing a huge challenge to the UK but in many respects, it will result in an intensification of the Government’s pre-Covid agenda. 


This will manifest itself as a combination of regional, national, and international policy initiatives and we have positioned Cavendish Advocacy to offer thinking, insights, and strategy to help clients navigate this landscape and succeed. This is also an important step to deliver more rapid growth for BECG by offering these sector leading government relations advocacy services to existing clients in the built environment and with Cavendish on board we see fresh development opportunities as the government announces the infrastructure, energy, housing and green agenda for growth.”

Alex Challoner, Cavendish founder said:

“Cavendish and BECG are looking to the future. The onset of Covid-19 will mean the delivery of the government’s agenda in terms of growth, levelling the UK regions and as the UK resets its relationship with the rest of the world outside the EU over the next few years. Cavendish Advocacy and BECG are uniquely placed to take advantage of this agenda and provide services and advice to our clients that meet the challenges of the coming years.

With BECG’s resources behind us we look forward to scaling up our political advocacy work in the UK and globally, and to offering clients innovative communications solutions that help them achieve commercial success in this new world post Covid-19.”

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New political winds blowing through Whitehall……

New political winds blowing through Whitehall……

Every now and then you get a day when several Government announcements herald a change in direction for the country – Monday 29th June was one of those. Keen to move the UK on from Coronavirus introspection a series of connected speeches & events came together to offer a new focus for the Government & country.

The first of these was the much trailed “Project Speed” or “Build Britain Back” story portrayed in the Mail-on-Sunday coverage of the Prime Ministers & his plans for Britain as we emerge out of the lockdown. A series of measures to pump prime Britain over the next 10 years will be announced by the Prime Minister tomorrow in Dudley. School building is set to be turbo-boosted particularly in key depressed areas of the north & midlands which gave the Prime Minister his 80 strong majority. Further measures are set to be announced by the Chancellor next week as part of a summer stimulus.

The second announcement was the resignation of Sir Mark Sedwill who as National Security Adviser & Head of the UK civil service has played a pivotal role at the side of the current Prime Minister and his predecessor Theresa May. Despite rumours to the contrary, Sir Mark’s departure is a victory for No10 who cast him unfairly as a block to the PM’s plans to emerge faster and quicker from the pandemic. His replacement by David Frost as National Security Adviser & a possible outside appointment to the Head of the UK civil service is a wake up call to Whitehall for further reforms to come.

And if any one didnt clock that; then Michel Gove’s speech on Saturday night which criticised “group think” at the heart of Government was a clear giveaway. In his own Department, the Cabinet Office, this was widely interpreted as a loud klaxon call to shifting fortunes for the Whitehall political class.

Change is coming at unprecedented pace for the UK as we enter the post-Coronavirus recovery phase politically, economically and in the way the UK is governed. Monday 29th June was the day that it really started to come more clearly together.