Consultancy of the Year: The GK Group
The 2015 Public Affairs Awards are dedicated to celebrating the best work that the Public Affairs industry has to show. Over 400 public affairs practitioners gathered at the Park Plaza Riverbank for the Awards dinner on Thursday 10th December. PubAffairs was proud to be a Media Partner for the black tie event which was hosted by Adam Boulton, Sky News Tonight’s Presenter.
Emily Wallace, CEO at GK Strategy, commented on winning the Award: "It is a huge achievement for GK to have been awarded Consultancy of the Year and we are thrilled and delighted. What stands out about GK is the fantastic team with an amazing can-do culture and a complete focus on delivering value for clients. We are extremely proud that all our hard work and success has now been recognised by our industry peers."
Below is GK's winning submission for the Best Consultancy of the Year Award.
The GK Story:
GK was established just six years ago, set up by two young guns, Robin Grainger and Luke Kennedy, working out of their kitchens. In 2014/15 we became one of the largest independently owned agencies, having built a unique relationship with the City and investors and firmly established ourselves in the public affairs marketplace.
2014/15 has been the best ever year for GK which has seen us deliver 27% revenue growth, build our team of incredible professionals, achieve fantastic successes for our clients and be shortlisted in the prestigious British Private Equity Awards (in the Due Diligence Provider of the Year category). GK currently employs 28 staff, has worked on around 200 projects and now boasts 32 retained clients.
GK is made up of two separate companies, GK Intelligence and GK Strategy. GKI provides research, analysis and policy forecasting to investors, as well as corporates, charities and public sector organisations. GKS is our Public Affairs and PR arm, supporting clients to engage, educate and market themselves to policy-makers and commissioners.
GK is a fantastic success story. We have built a business based on ambition, entrepreneurialism, dynamism, innovation and in-depth political insight. We would be proud to be awarded Public Affairs Consultancy of the Year, for what has been our most successful year to date.
GK in 2014/15
Our people are our most important assets. We have created a working environment which not only provides a supportive culture, but which encourages and recognises excellence too. As a result, we have excellent staff retention. We recruit people not on the basis of whom they know, but because of their drive and desire to deliver. We pick the brightest and best, teach them, trust them and watch them grow. In 2014/15 we have:
Our client base spans small businesses, large public sector organisations to the biggest Private Equity companies in the world. Our structure, systems and independence ensures that we are able to adapt to the scale and variety of our clients’ challenges. In 2014/15 we have:
What our clients say: