Public Affairs is no longer about access but is now about ideas

Businesses and organisations wanting to shape public policy or manage reputational issues should be concerned less about who they meet than what they say.

We help clarify your messages as well as ensuring they are heard by the right people.

Our team deploys its extensive in-depth experience of UK Government and Parliament to support clients in their dealings with policy makers.

Whether it is preparation for Select Committee appearances, drafting policy submissions or devising eye-catching campaigns and events, our insights and networks add real weight to in-house teams.

We take our responsibilities as political consultants seriously, and are a member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and abide by its Code of Conduct.

Specialist areas:

Strategic counsel – Portland’s highly experienced team, including Alastair Campbell, Sir Stephen Wall and Kitty Ussher offer clients their insight and expertise on messaging, strategy, Europe and building economic arguments.

Stakeholder mapping – A vital function of public affairs work is mapping industrial, reputational and constituency issues against political stakeholders. Portland can identify and communicate who the key players and personnel are for your business, both within and outside government.

Political intelligence and monitoring – Portland will keep you up to date with the legislation, policy developments, debates and media coverage relevant to your business, with timely, comprehensive and insightful updates. Portland’s unparalleled understanding of the way in which major political centres work also gives us access to the latest insights and ideas at the heart of governments.

Public policy advice – Ever more complex regulatory environments can be critical for your business’s objectives. Portland’s understanding of this environment allows you to have a voice in shaping it. We help draft policy submissions and support clients in navigating regulatory change.

Commissions and procurement – For many businesses, the Government are both the regulator and the customer. This creates myriad challenges. A well run communications programme can help to support public sector sales but it is distinct from meeting with buyers or selling to Government directly.

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