Webinar: Are businesses and the public ready to adapt to Net Zero?

Webinar: Are businesses and the public ready to adapt to Net Zero?

The race to net zero is a core part of the Government’s agenda, with ambitious targets being set for business and the public to adapt to meet this challenge. But how much do businesses and the public know about these targets and the impact that the Government’s climate agenda (including 10-point plan for a green industrial strategy) will have on them?

BECG and Cavendish Advocacy were delighted to be joined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, Chief Economist at the CBI, Rain Newton-Smith, and Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Andrew Barnett OBE to discuss how to raise business and public awareness and participation in the net zero challenge.

This event coincided with the launch of new polling which looks at what is required to raise public awareness and participation in the decarbonisation agenda, and how the Government can overcome this in the year ahead.

Panellists:

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Kwasi Kwarteng was appointed Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January 2021, after previously being the Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. From 2018 – 2019 Kwasi was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Prior to this, he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords, and in 2017 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Kwasi was also elected the Conservative MP for Spelthorne in 2010, and from then until 2013 he was a member of the Transport Select Committee.

He attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship, going on to later earn a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge.

Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Rain Newton-Smith is the Chief Economist at the CBI. She and her team provide business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks. Previously, Rain was head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China.

Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England and also led a team with responsibility for developing a risk assessment framework for the UK financial system. While at the Bank, she also went on secondment to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. where she was adviser to the UK executive director.

Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader.  

Andrew Barnett OBE, Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Andrew Barnett has been Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007. As a strong believer in the value of collaboration, he played a major role in the establishment of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition, the Campaign to End Loneliness and the international arts and homelessness movement (With One Voice). He was a founding director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and founding council member of Collaborate CIC.

He is chair of trustees of the Church Urban Fund, which promotes faith-based social action and community cohesion across England, and a director and trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations. For eight years, Andrew was the senior independent member of Healthwatch England, the statutory national consumer champion in health and social care. He previously served as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, of Space Studios, group chair of People Can, a trustee of Addaction, of the Forces in Mind Trust, and director of Yorkshire Metropolitan Housing, among other appointments. He is a Church Warden at St Dunstan-in-the-West in the City of London.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to social change.

Sarah Wardle, Associate Director, BECG

Sarah has a wealth of experience in developing stakeholder engagement and public affairs strategies across London and the South East.

Sarah has worked for major housebuilders such as Redrow and Taylor Wimpey, housing associations ranging from One Housing to Home Group, hotel operators and large build to rent developers, Greystar and Essential Living.

Notably, Sarah led the engagement on the UK’s first ever purpose-built family PRS development and has increasingly focused on setting early engagement strategies for estate regeneration projects.

Outside London, Sarah has worked with both the Local and Neighbourhood planning process to secure strategic allocations.

Prior to this, Sarah worked in the House of Commons for two Conservative Members of Parliament and holds a comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process.

Beyond BECG, Sarah remains politically active and is a Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet.

David Button, Senior Account Director, Cavendish Advocacy

David has considerable experience of designing and delivering public affairs and communications programmes across the housing, transport, healthcare, energy, FMCG and infrastructure sectors.

He has an excellent track record of helping clients to build their influence with the Government and Parliament, being an expert in the parliamentary and legislative process, as well as raising the profile of campaigns and asks.

His work has helped clients to achieve changes to legislation including securing government funding for infrastructure projects, exemptions to UK and European legislation and regulations, and reversing harmful policy decisions that would have a detrimental effect on their commercial interests.

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Resetting the Special Relationship and the US-UK Trade Agenda

Resetting the Special Relationship and the US-UK Trade Agenda

The transition to the Biden administration means a new approach to transatlantic trade, and a new course for America and its approach to foreign policy. Meanwhile across the pond, the UK aims to deliver on its post-Brexit international ambitions for trade and diplomacy as it prepares to host the G7, COP26 and enter new trade agreements.

In our webinar with international law firm Cozen O’Connor and its bipartisan government relations team, hear leading strategists and trade experts from the US and the UK discuss:

 

  • The new Biden administration and Democratic Congress
  • The state of play in post-Brexit Britain
  • How changes in leadership and priorities will reset the Special Relationship and US-UK trade talks
  • How businesses in the US and UK should be preparing for a trade deal

Panellists from the US:

Patrick Martin, Principal and Director-Midwest, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Patrick directs the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, and works out of the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice focuses on advising highly regulated companies in the healthcare, energy, financial services, retail, transportation, cannabis, and higher education industries. Patrick advocates for clients before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments. For the past three years (2018-2020), Patrick was named as one of the year’s Top Lobbyists by the publication The Hill in their “Hired Guns” category.

Kristi Adair Zentner, Member, Cozen O’Connor

Kristi is a transactional attorney who represents clients in general business, supply chain management, as well as tariff, customs, and trade matters. She provides comprehensive support to manufacturing clients on the development, production, and distribution of their products and assists clients with matters such as manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution agreements, compliance issues involving government and regulatory agencies, warranties, sales contracts, pricing, intellectual property protection, and antitrust compliance. Dovetailing the cross border transactions and distribution experience, Kristi also regularly counsels clients regarding all aspects of import compliance, from classification to valuation, and country of origin designation to marking requirements, among other things.

Heather L. Marx, Member, Cozen O’Connor

Heather applies her experience in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation to represent a variety of clients. Her practice includes the representation of corporations and individuals in corporate contractual and partnership disputes, customs, imports, and trade matters, real estate and leasing issues, and litigation related to leases and guaranties, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, commercial transactions and disputes, and issues of employment law and benefits. Heather advises both domestic and international clients on strategies for foreign-based manufacture, importation, and distribution of goods and how to safeguard against anti-competitive trade barriers, regulatory systems, and trade remedies. She represents clients in matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration, and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Panellists from the UK:

David Henig, Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at ECIPE, Perspectives Columnist for Borderlex and Advisory Council Member at Cavendish Advocacy 

David Henig is Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the think-tank European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and one of the UK’s leading authorities on trade policy. He has written extensively on the trade implications of Brexit and what comes next for UK trade policy. He also examines global trade issues such as USA-China tensions, future of the WTO, and EU trade agreements, including through a weekly column for specialist trade news service Borderlex. Prior to joining ECIPE in March 2018 he worked for the UK Government including on Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between US and EU, and in establishing the Department for International Trade after the referendum. He co-founded the UK Trade Forum, discusses trade issues frequently in the media, and has advised businesses and stakeholder groups on trade policy. A graduate of Oxford University, David started his career in consultancy.

Alex Challoner, 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.

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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

Webinar – Roundtable: Winning work internationally

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?

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

 The US Presidential Election was 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. Our latest webinar explored how the election played out.

Chaired by our Managing Director Alex Challoner, leading US strategists representing both parties, Barry Bennett (Rep) and Manuel Ortiz (Dem) discussed what helped Biden win, what cost Trump the election and what the first 100 days will look like for the new President and his relationship with the UK.

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    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.

    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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