If it is Thursday, it must be Doncaster

Tim Farron has just finished his first Conference speech.  It was greeted enthusiasm by many of the assembled members.

He set out the Party’s stall.

Proud of delivering in Government with the Pupil Premium and increases in the Personal Tax Allowance.

Saying that housing and the plight of refugees were firmly on his agenda.

But Tim is well aware, this is a marathon, and most definitely not a sprint.

With the next general election in 2020, there are numerous occasions to commence influencing party policy.

The Liberal Democrats are packing Bournemouth by the press pack in those who want to try and influence party policy – and voting decisions – now try and split themselves, by move onto Doncaster, to the UKIP conference tomorrow, the Green party conference in Bournemouth on Friday and the Labour Party in Brighton on Sunday.

Choosing where to be and when can be a challenge.

With elections to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh assembly in May next year, influencing political parties is vital.

If you require more information or assistance with this, please do contact



Small Business + Legislation = Lobbying NOW

Yesterday, BIS, the Department of Business & Enterprise issued a raft of papers about the forthcoming Enterprise Bill.

So what, many small businesses say, all they will do is add more obsticles to what we do.

Helpfully, BIS also issued a Enterprise Bill fact sheet.

This sets out some of the areas which this Bill will touch.

However, if these have a significant impact on your business, it isn’t too late to advise politicans of this.

Many MPs have never run their own business and are simply unaware of the law of unintended consequences.

If your organisation would like assistance with this Bill, please do contact me on


Conference Season starts here

Yesterday, in Brighton, the TUC opened it’s annual Congress, or Conference. Not just an opportunity for people to go to the seaside but an occasion where Trades Unionists from the length and breath of the UK, come together, exchange experiences and more importantly, after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, to lobby elected members pn behalf of their members.

Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the TUC, will make her speech today, and is likely to highly the impact of the forthcoming Trade Union Bill. The changes in duties places upon Trades Unions in this Bill have been decsribed as “dreconyian” – placing impossible duties upon them – including advance warning of the members Facebook posts…….

This is the start of the lobbying season in earnest.

Every business has the right to lobby – but the issue is, is it strategtic, is it effective, and much more importantly, are there agreed milestones and objectives which can be delivered ?

Effectivly lobbying is not setting up a meeting with an MP.  It is the creation of a strategy and implementing it and achieving the objectives from this.

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Feed In Tariff Consultation

On Friday afternoon, as many people were packing up for their weekend, the Westminster Government opened it’s Consultation on the review of the Feed In Tariff scheme.

Whilst some may be aware of this.  This is a classic example of why Public Affairs companies add value to businesses – of all sizes.

In many parts of the UK, FITs are used by many small businesses as part of their business model and any change could make a significant impact upon this.

It is vital that if your business is effected in any way by FITs that your organisation, large or small, irrepective which part of the UK it is situated in, contributed to this consultation process.

The documents in full can be found at :-


If your organisation requires assistance with contributions to this process, please do contact me either on

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