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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 with membership including over 30 Parliamentarian officers from across all parties and both houses. Over 100 Parliamentarians have attended at least one PICTFOR event in the past year. Our industry members include trade bodies, charities, universities, individual stakeholders and corporate members such as Google, BT, Facebook, TikTok, techUK, Good Things Foundation, Internet Association, the University of York and many others. In the past two years, PICTFOR has hosted over 20 events with involvement from Health (then DCMS Sec) Secretary Matt Hancock MP, Digital Infrastructure Minister, Matt Warman MP, Digital and Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage MP, Shadow Science, Research and Digital Minister, Chi Onwurah MP, former Director General for Digital and Media Policy Matthew Gould, Former… View Details > The Musicians' Union Lodestone worked with the Musicians’ Union on their campaign to #FixStreaming, which aimed to secure a fairer share of streaming revenue for musicians, artists and creators. We developed a targeted media and political engagement campaign which included securing support from over 234 well-known artists – such as the Rolling Stones, Sir Tom Jones and Emeli Sandé – to sign a letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to reform streaming laws. The campaign received consistent headline news coverage over 185 pieces over coverage including in the Times, the Times Radio, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, the BBC, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Radio, 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales and Westminster Hour.     Through a programme of targeted political engagement, 44 Conservative MPs co-signed… View Details > British Poultry Council Lodestone develops impactful communications campaigns for the BPC, allowing their messaging to cut through and exert influence over key policy areas such as trade and labour. The Food on Every Table campaign – shortlisted for the PRCA Public Affairs Trade Body Campaign of the Year Award (2019) – illustrated the importance of access to high-quality British food and banning the import of lower-quality food such as chlorinated chicken. This messaging has resonated with public opinion and helped to shape stakeholder perceptions. Lodestone has helped the BPC become a senior voice in the food sector. They are regularly asked to speak on key sectoral issues, and frequently receive positive references in Parliamentary debates, as well as coverage in media outlets including the Financial Times, the Times and the BBC. View Details > The Bourbon Alliance   Lodestone co-founded the Bourbon Alliance alongside key names from the hospitality sector and US Whisky category including Jack Daniel’s, Makers Mark and Jim Beam. The Bourbon Alliance was founded to secure the removal of the 25% retaliatory tariff placed on US Whiskeys being imported to the UK. We garnered significant grass roots support from members who represent every stage of the Whiskey supply chain, including bars, restaurants, importers, distillers, retailers and events organisers.  Then began a bespoke public affairs campaign –briefing parliamentary stakeholders on the damage of the tariffs on UK plc, creating and landing a compelling narrative on behalf of the group’s 62 members.  We secured the support of 25 prominent backbench Conservative MPs who wrote letters to the Government urging them to accelerate the negotiating process and support… View Details > Countess of Chester Hospital Trust Lodestone work with the Chief Executive and the senior leadership team at the Countess of Chester Hospital Trust advising them on strategic communications. The Countess consists of a 600 bedded large district General Hospital and provides care to over 450,000 residents across West Cheshire and North Wales. We work with the team at the Countess to employ different channels to ensure members of the public, media and political stakeholders are kept up to date on issues and developments pertinent to the Hospital. During a challenging period for the Trust that was followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lodestone helped to ensure clear and consistent messaging on a range of issues from A&E performances, staff changes, hospital infrastructure developments and COVID-19 care. View Details >
Lodestone Local - University of London & UPP Lodestone led strategic communications, political liaison and community engagement for this complex project. The £140 million project, the largest student accommodation in London, involved a long consultation process and a vocal set of community stakeholders. We created a clear narrative around affordability, student experience and community benefit. The scheme gained unanimous planning approval at committee. UPP and the University of London created a bespoke 50-year partnership to redevelop the outdated University of London student accommodation provided at the Cartwright Gardens site. The landmark deal was established to ensure the continued provision of high quality, affordable accommodation in the capital, designed with the student experience at its heart.  We launched the halls with HRH Princess Anne as our guest of honour. View Details > QS QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) provide student marketing and recruitment solutions for higher education institutions across the world producing thought leadership on key issues in the education sector.   Our strategy is to engage universities, generate debate and raise the profile of QS as a thought leader. 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 help to regularly secure coverage in key publications including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Times.  QS’ research also receives significant interest from politicians. In the previous two iterations of the International Student Survey, former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Former Universities Minister Jo Johnson have written the forewords for the report, further bolstering the profile of the organisation.  View Details > UPP Lodestone has created insightful and deliberate communication strategies for UPP, supporting its position as the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation infrastructure. Driving a robust communications agenda, Lodestone has enabled UPP to maximise its policy impact and thought leadership through their partnership activity with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and its charitable arm, the UPP Foundation. Lodestone has also supported the company through several 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. Additionally, Lodestone has provided targeted PR support on the company’s transactions – including its £43 million financial close on 411 rooms at Swansea University in November 2019. View Details > Glenmont Partners Lodestone work with Glennmont, one of Europe’s largest fund managers focusing exclusively on investment in clean energy infrastructure with assets under management of over €2bn. We provide strategic communications advice for Glennmont helping them to achieve tangible outcomes that enhance their reputation among investors. This work has involved successfully advising Glennmont on the final close of their €850m Clean Energy Fund III, the largest amount raised for a renewable fund at the time. Lodestone also support and advise on regular engagement with key political stakeholder groups such as the BEIS Department and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Our activity plays a key role in positioning Glennmont so they can raise long-term term capital to invest in clean energy generation projects across Europe.   View Details > Small Business Charter Launch at No10 In collaboration with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Association of Business Schools, we launched a ‘trailblazing’ award – the Small Business Charter – at No 10 Downing Street. The awards were hosted by Lord Young of Graffham, the Government’s Adviser on Enterprise and author of the report ‘Growing Your Business’. We achieved were widely reported across the media and social channels. The awards recognise world class business schools, SMEs and start-up that are collaborating to create sustainable growth. View Details >
Agilesphere & Fimatix We supported on the 2020 merger of Fimatix and Agilesphere. By combining their complementary expertise, the companies created a leading Govtech and Fintech business. The purpose of the combined entity is to enhance the productivity of business and governments to the benefit of economies, communities and people around the world. The team has extensive C-suite experience in agile consulting and training, AI enabled solutions, blockchain, data analytics, back-office processes, transformation and major outsourcing programmes. We further supported the senior team on brand positioning and purpose development for the merged entity, their internal, external, financial, digital and stakeholder comms for the merger announcement, attracting global coverage in tech and financial media – from Finextra to Business Insider – and high engagement rates on LinkedIn. Lodestone has worked collaboratively with… 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. 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. We worked with Sir Kenneth Branagh the President of RADA on the project. View Details > BASC The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is the UK’s largest filed sports organisation with 156,000 members. On behalf of their members, BASC work with all parties for the future of safe, sustainable shooting. Lodestone work with BASC to engage with Labour stakeholders, using our deep Labour routes and understanding of Labour messaging to craft a bespoke public affairs campaign which identifies key stakeholders and helps BASC to relay their core environmental message. Lodestone supported BASC on their 2019 Birdbox Campaign, which saw Birdboxes donated to constituencies all over the UK, from rural areas to urban environments where conservation and biodiversity are vital. These areas included the constituency of Islington South and Finsbury, West Bromwich East, Torfaen, Lewisham Deptford and many more. Our campaign has reached across… View Details > EnergySolutions Lodestone worked with EnergySolutions for over five years providing public affairs and strategic communications for their nuclear decommissioning operations in the UK. This work involved advising EnergySolutions on strategy while they sought damages over the bungled £6.1bn contract awarded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to manage twelve Magnox nuclear reactor sites in 2017. EnergySolutions received payment damages of £100m to recover the costs incurred and lost profits from the Government, that was underpinned by a sustained lobbying effort. In a statement in the House of Commons, the then Business Secretary Greg Clark said that the NDA was found to have been in breach of their own procurement process. View Details > Spurgeon’s College We successfully supported Spurgeon’s College in challenging their rejected application for registration from the Office for Students (OfS) through an integrated legal, public affairs and comms strategy. The College believed the decision had been made in error and as a result created an existential situation for Spurgeon’s College and their community. Through our approach we raised the profile of the College and the issue amongst policy makers and targeted Christian and mainstream media. Using this strategy we engaged with key political stakeholders such as then Universities Ministers, Chris Skidmore and Jo Johnson, as well as parliamentarians in both houses. We created a cross party swell of support for the College within Parliament – with members proactively advocating for our campaign within Parliament and asking questions to relevant departments.… View Details >