In February, Hawthorn’s Consultants hosted a networking event at its offices, bringing together over 40 individuals from a range of industries and disciplines, with a view to expanding our perspectives and sharing our networks. Following such a successful turnout, Hawthorn looks forward to hosting a repeat event in the Summer.
Hawthorn was delighted to host Zac Goldsmith MP, Member for Richmond Park, at a breakfast roundtable recently with senior business leaders. Zac reflected candidly on his parliamentary career to date, running for London Mayor and the positive green agenda the government is driving forward. He talked passionately about his continued commitment to environmental policy through his work on the Environmental Audit Committee and supporting the ongoing policy reforms at Defra by Michael Gove.
Zac also reflected on where the centre ground of politics lies, noting the need for a review of the existing application of free markets, with a view to making sure that they work for the younger generation. He used the present housing crisis as symbolism of where this has gone wrong – asking the very poignant question, how can young people believe in capitalism if their ability to acquire capital is limited? He touched on the importance of government developing long term policy positions to encourage business investment and to drive a proactive, not reactive, agenda.
As part of our regular breakfast event series, Hawthorn was pleased to host a roundtable discussion in November with guest speaker Nadim Zahawi MP, Member for Stratford-Upon-Avon. A prominent advocate for Vote Leave and a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee with oversight of the on-going BREXIT negotiations, Nadim shared his optimism around Britain’s future as an agile pro-business country outside of the European Union and provided an inside track on ongoing negotiations.
Whilst candidly acknowledging the challenges of negotiating in Europe with a divided government, Nadim shared his confidence around Britain’s chances of securing favourable trade terms with Europe and the wider world and provided reassurance around the government’s ability to secure a deal in the best interests of UK business.
It has long been held that human memory is rapidly adapting in line with the proliferation of new technologies and modes of communication.
According to an emerging body of thought, the greater your use of digital platforms, and the more frequently you revert to your smartphone to access information on-the-go, the weaker your short term recall function.
With yesterday’s shock announcement of a snap general election to take place on 8 June, Theresa May not only u-turned on the government’s repeated commitment to the electoral timetable laid out by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; she also revealed a capacity for political theatre sharply at odds with her self-proclaimed, more prosaic preference for ‘getting the job done’.
Yesterday’s Autumn Statement was the first real glimpse of the government’s plans for post-Brexit Britain and the latest insight into Theresa May’s programme to establish a political legacy that is not dominated by the UK’s exit from the EU.