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Lodestone Communications
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tech The Lodestone team provides the secretariat services for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) All-Party Parliamentary Group. PICTFOR is the largest and most active group of its kind. Membership includes 30 Parliamentarian officers from the Conservative Party, Labour, Lib Dems and the SNP with more than 100 different Parliamentarians attending at least one event in the past year. Sector members include membership groups, charities, universities, individual stakeholders and corporate members at all levels such as Google, techUK, the University of Greenwich and many others. In the past two years, PICTFOR has hosted over 20 events with involvement from Security Minister Ben Wallace MP, former Culture Secretary Matt Hancock MP, Director General for Digital and Media Policy Matthew Gould, Chief Executive of Ofcom Sharon White, National Security… View Details > Learning Disability Voices Learning Disability voices (LDV), a voluntary group comprised of charities, not-for-profit and independent sector companies who provide learning disability services in the UK, worked with Lodestone to devise an integrated public affairs campaign; one that would open vital lines of communication and motivate key decision- makers to argue for the same solution as LDV, working towards a unifying goal – that care providers should not have to fund the back-pay of adult social care workers. Lodestone’s strategy was committed to amplifying the voices of those who were directly affected by this issue – people with disabilities. We understood that we needed to tell stories that humanised the issue and trumpeted the serious damage that threatened the care sector. Our lobbying activity, which instigated a reframing of how political… View Details > British Poultry Council Lodestone have helped the British Poultry Council (BPC) devise an integrated public affairs campaign that would consolidate and build the reputation of the BPC, enabling greater influence over trade and labour policy and helping to mitigate against the risks posed by Brexit. Lodestone designed a bold, emotive campaign that helped the BPC communicate to Parliament the safe, wholesome and nutritious benefits of poultry meat; the need for world-class animal welfare and production that respects the environment; as well as food that is affordable and available. Our lobbying activity, which instigated a reframing of how political stakeholders from all sides perceived the sector, allied with our unique and deep understanding of the agricultural sector meant that our campaign’s success was confirmed when Environment Secretary, Michael Gove offered Government’s strongest… View Details > Young’s Seafood Limited Lodestone has supported Young’s Seafood Limited, the UK’s number one fish and seafood business, through a number of changes in the highly dynamic FMCG retail market. Providing Strategic Communications advice and practical support, Lodestone provides Young’s with a fully integrated suite of communications services including Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Financial Communications, Consumer Affairs Issue Management, CSR, Internal Communications, Trade and Local PR. Lodestone supported Young’s Seafood Limited and its parent company during one of the largest M&A transactions of 2015, involving business units in over 7 countries, while also advising on bond communications, annual reporting and investor relations. The Lodestone team have assisted Young’s on major consolidation projects and change management programmes, involving multiple factory sites and stakeholder interest groups. Young’s Seafood Limited is recognised as an international… View Details > Lodestone Local - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Lodestone provided stakeholder engagement, community consultation and media support to RADA for the prestigious Attenborough Project. Our approach leveraged the creative spirit of the institution to develop a compelling narrative about why the project should be supported both locally and London-wide. The project received broad support and secured unanimous approval from Camden Council in March 2016. The project will transform the building into a vibrant, state-of-the-art performance space while retaining original features of the former Drill Hall, which was acquired by RADA in 2012. The redevelopment will comprise a new 300-seat theatre, to be named the Richard Attenborough Theatre after RADA’s former President; enhanced resources including library and archives; and RADA’s first ever on-site accommodation for 60 students. Sir Kenneth Branagh was appointed the new President in 2015.… View Details >
Lodestone Local - University of London & UPP Lodestone led strategic communications, political liaison and community engagement for this complex project. The Garden Halls scheme, the largest student accommodation in London, involved a long consultation process and a vocal set of community stakeholders. We created a clear narrative targeted at appealing to key stakeholders, which flowed throughout the campaign.  The scheme gained unanimous planning approval at committee in August 2013. UPP and the University of London created a bespoke 50 year partnership in 2013 to redevelop the outdated University of London student accommodation provided at the Cartwright Gardens site. The landmark £140.7 million deal was established to ensure the continued provision of high quality, affordable accommodation in the capital, designed with the student experience at its heart.  The project is due for completion in September 2016. View Details > QS QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) help to improve student marketing, recruitment, enrolment and engagement efforts for higher education institutions across the world. Their annual international student survey, The ISS, is the largest of its kind and each year they speak to over 60,000 international students from across the world on key issues that influence their decision making process which includes Brexit, teaching quality, the election of Donald Trump, Transnational Education (TNE) and looking at universities in the future. The strategy was to engage universities, generate debate and raise the profile of QS as a thought leader in the sector. Using a collaborative approach, Lodestone worked with QS to create more cut through with key sectoral stakeholders. Leveraging our extensive network of media contacts, we have secured pieces of coverage across… View Details > UPP Lodestone has advised UPP, the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation infrastructure, in a growing but increasingly competitive market. Driving a clear strategic communications agenda, Lodestone has enabled UPP to make a step change in its policy impact and thought leadership through their partnership activity with the Higher Education Policy institute (HEPI) at Party Conference every year. Lodestone has also supported the company through a number of exciting financial milestones. Advising on its £1.8 billion (enterprise value) sale to current investors and to launch their debut £382.1 million public bond issuance. Lodestone also provided PR support to its new tranche of £149.7 million index linked senior secured notes under its investment grade programme in 2014. Together, UPP and Lodestone have worked on multiple planning projects. This has included… View Details > EnergySolutions Lodestone worked with EnergySolutions for over five years providing strategic counsel in a number of key areas relating to their UK operations in the field of nuclear decommissioning. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, EnergySolutions is the largest nuclear waste company in the United States specializing in decommissioning nuclear power plants and safely transporting hazardous materials. Lodestone provided public affairs advice on EnergySolutions’ pursuit of legal action relating to the awarding of the multi-billion pound contract last year by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to the Cavendish Fluor Partnership to manage the Magnox Ltd and Research Site Restoration Ltd nuclear sites. It was believed there were serious breaches of the procurement process by the NDA and EnergySolutions subsequently sought payment damages of £250m to recover the costs incurred and… View Details > Small Business Charter In June 2014, Lodestone facilitated the launch of the Small Business Charter’s first tranche of awards for ‘trailblazing’ business schools that are building close links with business, fostering entrepreneurship and driving growth in their local communities. Lodestone co-ordinated and set up the ceremony to award the business schools, working closely with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The event took place at 10 Downing Street and Lord Young of Graffham, the Government’s Adviser on Enterprise and author of the report ‘Growing Your Business’, hosted the event to award 20 business schools in recognition of their commitment to supporting start-ups and small businesses. The Small Business Charter, brings together world-class business schools and SME & Start-Up communities across the UK to create sustainable economic growth. The SBC awards business… View Details >