MHP Group wins big at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 17th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are thrilled to share that we have won three awards at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024, including Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  and Professional of the Year (Agency)- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best campaigns, projects, agencies, in-house teams and individuals across sectors covering corporate, city, pharma, public affairs and beyond. The awards honour outstanding achievements and reflect the growing importance of corporate affairs within businesses and the multitude of disciplines and specialisms that sit under the remit of the modern in-house corporate affairs or communications director.

Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  

The win for Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms commends what has been a spectacular year of growth for MHP Group.

In 2023 we achieved 12.5% topline revenue growth for corporate and financial work in a challenging UK market, winning major clients including three FTSE250 companies, two FTSE 100s, four unicorns and two of the world’s leading investment funds. We also invested in new capabilities to deliver a truly integrated approach to corporate and financial challenges, adding Change and Employee Engagement to our offer and hiring a Head of Corporate Strategy to help investor relations leads build thought leadership and longterm reputation building programmes. We focused on adding value to our clients by developing new audience insights and positioning ourselves at the heart of key growth sectors, including fintech and the nuclear industry.

Professional of the Year (Agency) – Corporate and/or Financial Comms

Head of Strategic Media, Keith Gladdis, was last night named Professional of the Year (Agency) Corporate and/or Financial Comms. Keith leads MHP Group’s cross-agency media strategy, executive positioning and media training capabilities. This year, his key achievements include doubling revenues from media and presentation training and winning twelve major new media strategy briefs, including Bupa, Ofwat and RICS. Keith is also responsible for building and leading MHP’s Media Network, which brings together all of the agency’s editorial and journalist contacts, to enhance the agency’s connectivity and provide clients with unique media insight.

Best Use of Social Media and/or Influencers- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The team won this award for their campaign ‘Swipe left, invest right’ for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA wanted to engage with inexperienced investors dabbling with high-risk investments, so the team turned to the world of dating and encouraged investors to ‘invest how you date’, working with influencers from across both worlds. The selected talent worked from a brief to create Instagram grid posts, reels and newsletters to promote the campaign and encourage their followers to an in-person event. Alongside over 100 pieces of coverage across national, broadcast, trade and consumer media, the talent content saw 63 ‘saves’ and 60 swipe-ups to the campaign landing page. This was the first time the UK’s regulator had engaged directly with its target audience; a radical new approach and one that has set the stage for future campaigns.

We were also Highly Commended in two categories: Best Integrated Agency, and Best Crisis or Issues Management for our Health teams work with Bupa.

The win follows our recent shortlist for the CIPR Excellence Awards where we are nominated for 12 awards including Best Event, Best Use of Content and Specialist PR Consultancy of the Year.

MHP Group shortlisted in 12 categories at the CIPR Excellence Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 16th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are thrilled to share that we have been shortlisted in 12 categories for the CIPR Awards, 2024.

The long-standing CIPR Excellence Awards recognise the phenomenal work of public relations practitioners around the globe.

Split across MHP and Mischief, we are delighted to see the hard work and creativity of our teams acknowledged in this year’s awards.

We have been shortlisted for:

Corporate and Business Communications Campaign IWG

Best Event – FCA, Swipe Left, Invest Right

Consumer Relations Campaign – Ocado x Beano

Social Purpose Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Social Purpose Campaign – Chase, Inspired by the Wild

Integrated Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Sport or Entertainment Campaign – Three, #WeSeeYouNetwork

Sport or Entertainment Campaign – Just Eat, Allies United

Travel, Transport, or Tourism Campaign – Avanti, Pulling in the Right Direction

Best Use of Content – Ocado x Beano

Best Event – FCA, Swipe Left, Invest Right

Specialist PR Consultancy of the Year – Mischief

The news follows our recent win at the PRCA City and Finance Awards, where we were named City Agency of the Year, as well as winning for Best Banking Communications Campaign for our work with British Business Bank. It follows a period of exciting growth for MHP Group, as we have recently acquired leading creative content agency La Plage to expand our offering, as well as welcoming a host of new joiners to the team, including Lisa Hunter as Head of Strategic Communications.

We’re looking forward to the awards evening in June. See the full shortlist here

Key takeaways from MHP’s Budget Briefing event

Posted on: March 7th, 2024 by Alexandra Stamp

The event was moderated by James Gurling OBE – Executive Chairman of Public Affairs at MHP Group, with panellists:  

  • Stephen Hammond MP, Treasury Select Committee and Former Minister of State  
  • Alistair Strathern MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Chancellor  
  • Madeleine Grant, Parliamentary Sketchwriter and Columnist, The Telegraph  
  • Sonia Sodha, Columnist, The Observer  
  • Asa Bennett, Assistant Editor, Daily Express  
  • Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director, Savanta  

Proceedings began with Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta, outlining the results of their overnight snap poll of public reaction to the Chancellor’s Budget announcements.  

The immediate public reception to the Budget has been muted, with support for the Spring Budget down 16 points on support for the Autumn Statement four months ago. Labour led the Conservatives on economic trust by 11 points, and 60% of UK adults do not believe that the Government’s plan for the economy is working; an increase of 11% since the Autumn Statement. 75% of UK adults do not believe that the Spring Budget will be enough to help them with the cost of living, and two thirds feel that the Budget will not benefit them or their family.  

Of the specific announcements, 61% support the Chancellor’s headline announcement to cut National Insurance by 2p, and 59% support the extension of the windfall tax on oil and gas. However, less than 50% of respondents supported the Chancellor’s announcement to abolish the non-dom tax status, potentially indicating that the public are not supportive of the Government’s perceived ‘stealing’ of Labour’s headline tax announcement.  

Quipping that the level of leakage of this year’s Spring Budget would have been a ‘sackable offence’ several years ago, Stephen Hammond MP began the panel analysis with a Conservative perspective on the Budget. He outlined that while immediate public reaction may be subdued, the long-term outcomes of the Budget will be incredibly positive for the UK.  

Speaking on NHS productivity specifically, Hammond argued that the measures introduced here would have significant and lasting benefits for the NHS without placing a significant cost on the taxpayer. However, given the lack of enthusiasm for the Budget announcements, Hammond did outline that his prediction for an election date would now be November, rather than May as has been rumoured over the last few weeks.  

Providing Labour’s response, Alistair Strathern MP outlined his intrigue regarding the Conservative’s message to ‘stick with the plan’. He argued that if the Chancellor’s idea of sticking with the plan is to take in more and more of Labour’s policy ideas, Strathern questioned how the Conservatives will defend their policies to their voters at election time.  

Strathern also pointed out that the Budget, bereft of any rabbits, showcases the difficult economic situation that the next Government is going to inherit. Additionally, given the decline in living standards that many people across the country have experienced over the last few years, Strathern pointed out that the Budget was lacking measures to get growth back on track in the UK and improve living standards.  

Providing the lobby’s view, Madeleine Grant shared how underwhelming many MPs had found this year’s Budget. Given the details that were briefed over the weekend there was very little surprise, and the contents of the Budget were not – in Grant’s view – enough to shift the dial for the Conservatives. Like Hammond, she argued that this has reduced the likelihood of a May election.  

Grant also shared that there was little within the Budget to indicate which policies the Conservatives will prioritise during the next General Election, providing little clue as to what the Government will choose to campaign on nationally over the next few months. Grant reasons that this relatively tame fiscal event was due to the “spectre of Liz Truss hanging over the Budget”, with the Government overcorrecting and stepping nervously to ensure that they do not repeat the relatively recent history of the Truss Mini-Budget.  

Finally, Grant discussed how both Labour and the Conservatives are cannibalising each other’s policy ideas. Given the current state of the economy, there is not much wiggle room for policy creativity and differentiation. As a result, Grant feels that the General Election will be determined on how much the public trust either party with the economy. Given Savanta’s polling, this does not look to be positive for the Conservatives.  

Handing over to Asa Bennett, a former Speechwriter for Liz Truss, to respond, Bennett agreed that the public’s reaction to the Budget and the absence of a rabbit in the Budget means that it is unlikely that the Budget will be used as a springboard into a May election. Bennett argued that the blame for this partially lies with the over-briefing that the Treasury undertook ahead of Wednesday’s statement, muting the rhetorical flair and spin that could be conducted post-Budget. He also argued that the stealth taxes and borrowing from future budgets to fund Budget promises has not been lost on the public, and has muted enthusiasm for the announcements.  

Bennett agreed with Strathern’s point regarding the Conservatives mimicking of Labour policies. He mused out that while the Conservatives want the credit for the Labour ideas which have proven to be successful with the public, he feels that this signifies that the Party is running out of ideas to get the public to vote blue.  

Finishing the panellist comments, Sonia Sodha spoke on the politics of the Budget. Sodha criticised the Chancellor’s messaging around the state of the current economy, pointing out that the economic hardship the public are experiencing day-to-day can’t be dismissed by the Chancellor stating that ‘it will get better’ and ‘the economy is actually doing really well’. There is a significant gap between the Chancellor’s story and people’s lived reality. Spin from the Chancellor, according to Sodha, will not sway the votes of people who are struggling financially.  

Beyond this, Sodha argued that the Conservatives are very clearly attempting to hem Labour in ahead of the election, limiting the policy levers and options available for the next Government. While Sodha sympathised with Labour’s cautiousness with regards to policy, she stated that this risk-averse attitude leaves Labour open to having their policies stolen. On Labour’s lack of Growth Plan for example, Sodha outlines the need for Labour to develop a replacement for their now defunct £28bn green investment commitment, as well as a plan for affordable housing. The Budget was significant in this way, as it set many traps for Labour for when they are in Government later this year.  

Questions from the floor

Questions were taken from the audience, ranging from the potential of another Autumn Statement before a General Election, the need for policy certainty for the energy sector, and the need for energy security and a plan for nuclear power provision.  

From Labour’s perspective, Strathern argued that the Party is prioritising policy certainty and assessment, ensuring that the UK is an appealing and competitive site for investors across the world. Both he and Hammond agreed that Labour need a strong narrative with regards to energy investment and security to soothe any concerns and crowd in investment in the sector.  

There was much discussion about when the General Election would be called. All panellists agreed that a May election appears to be off the cards, but opinions differed on when Sunak may decide to make the call. Hammond thought that a post-Summer recess call may be made to interfere with Party Conference season and avoid headlines about potential new Conservative Leadership candidates to replace Sunak. Strathern agreed that he couldn’t see how another Conference season would be useful to the Conservatives, and any election announcement would take place around this time.  

Sodha disagreed however. She stated that while a strategic and rational Prime Minister would make this choice, she felt that Sunak would try and wait out the polls, calling an election for mid-December to give the Conservatives as much time as possible to achieve a victory at the ballot box.  

Whenever the election is called, as Bennett outlined there is likely to be post-Election fallout on both sides of the aisle. The Conservatives will undertake a period of internal assessment, making drastic changes to their position in an attempt to win back support that they have lost in the last few years. Labour, while having a blank cheque for their first year in power, will quickly need to show that they are delivering change and have a plan for the future of the UK.  

With this in mind, it appears that the turbulence that the UK political scene has experienced of late will not be resolved at the ballot box, and we can look forward to continued change in the year ahead.   

MHP Group acquires leading creative content agency Studio La Plage

Posted on: March 5th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

MHP Group, the leading integrated communications consultancy, has acquired Studio La Plage, the award-winning multidisciplinary creative agency.

The move builds on the success of MHP Group’s existing Studio team and creates a market-leading creative content capability as part of a full-service communications offer.

La Plage began as a Shoreditch gallery, before launching as a Studio that combined art and data science to deliver outstanding creative work.

The team specialise in four sectors, which are highly complementary to MHP Group’s client portfolio, including Health, Financial Services, Technology and Luxury. Their clients include Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, BlackRock and Pottermore Publishing.

The acquisition is part of MHP Group’s accelerated growth strategy, which last year saw the agency invest in new specialist capabilities, including Change and Employee Engagement and Brand Strategy team ‘Reverb’.

The combined Group will have annual revenues of approximately £40million and a portfolio of 220 clients. The teams have already worked successfully together on projects including the national recruitment campaign “Destination Nuclear”, which launched last month.

The agency will rebrand as ‘La Plage, part of MHP Group’. The 30-strong team will relocate to MHP Group’s Great Portland Street offices.  Studio La Plage was advised by M&A Advisory.

Commenting on the deal, MHP Group CEO Alex Bigg said:

“I’m excited to welcome the La Plage team to MHP Group. They are an exceptionally talented group of people, and share our belief in craft, collaboration and client focus.

“Creativity has been at the heart of our growth story in recent years, and this deal accelerates our evolution as a business.

“By combining our expertise in earned, brand strategy, digital strategy and behavioural science with their world-class creative storytelling capabilities and data-led planning approach, we can offer clients something truly unique.”

Head of La Plage, Matthew Francis, added:

“For over a decade, La Plage has grown in recognition as a creative partner to some of the world’s most forward-thinking organisations. It’s now time to take La Plage to the next level and MHP Group’s focus on behavioural science and creative execution makes them the perfect home for us.

“Joining MHP Group enables us to offer clients even greater depth, scale and creative diversity. MHP has industry-leading specialists in our key verticals, including Health and Finance, while the Mischief team’s reputation for connecting brands with passionate communities will enhance our work in luxury, tech and the creative industries.”

MHP Group supports groundbreaking cross-sector initiative, Destination Nuclear

Posted on: February 15th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

Destination Nuclear is a first-of-its kind, collaborative cross-sector initiative for the nuclear sector. Designed to attract more people into the sector and help fill critical skills gaps, MHP Group’s Studio team has led a cross-agency team in developing an integrated, national recruitment campaign.

The campaign launched this week and can be found on out-of-home billboards across the country, on radio and digital channels, a campaign website, and is fully supported with PR and social media. Working with partners Studio La Plage (creative), Total Media (media) and Brandwidth (website), the campaign aims to help people understand the opportunities within the nuclear sector and to help the sector double the workforce over the next 20 years.  It comes at a exciting time as outlined by Minister for Nuclear, Andrew Bowie in his statements below.

“The UK has begun the biggest nuclear power expansion in 70 years, with our world leading SMR competition and plans for a new mega nuclear plant similar in scale to Sizewell or Hinkley.

“To meet our ambitions, we need to rapidly ramp up recruitment in the sector, making sure we have enough people from engineers to welders to design and build new nuclear.

“Nuclear has fantastic career opportunities, and we want people of all ages to consider joining a key industry of the future.”

 

MHP Group hires Deputy CEO of the Government Communications Service, Lisa Hunter

Posted on: January 23rd, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

This press release originally appeared in PR Week.

MHP Group has hired Lisa Hunter as Head of Strategic Communications. Hunter will bolster the agency’s integrated advisory capabilities helping senior leaders navigate complex issues and reputation challenges.

Hunter joins from the Government Communications Service, where she served as Deputy CEO. In this role, Lisa led communications for the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen, the Covid-19 Inquiry and the government’s management of recent industrial action – attending COBR meetings and advising Ministers, Number 10 and Permanent Secretaries across Whitehall.

Hunter’s career has encompassed senior roles across the private and public sectors, including the DWP, the DCMS, the ECB and Lloyds of London.

Hunter specialises in reputation and crisis management, and has led some of the most complex government communications projects in recent government history, including promoting pensions auto-enrolment and rebuilding public confidence in Universal Credit.  Lisa also established the crisis communications operating model now followed by all government communicators.

Reporting to Rachel Bower, Head of Brand & Reputation, Lisa joins a diverse roster of senior advisers that includes Keith Gladdis, Head of Strategic Media and ex Daily Mail News Editor, and Naomi Goodman, Head of Change and Employee Communications, another recent hire.

The move marks a return to the agency for Hunter, who left MHP in 2018 to take up a role as Director of Communications for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Commenting on the hire, Rachel Bower, head of Brand and Reputation, MHP Group explained:

Lisa has worked at the highest level of government, managing some of the biggest stories in the country, delivering the kinds of complex, multistakeholder campaigns that we specialise in as a team, and which our clients are increasingly asking us for counsel on.”

Lisa Hunter, added:

“With MHP continuing to grow, I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining such a strong team with so many exciting plans for the future. With the lines between businesses, consumers, shareholders and policymakers becoming increasingly blurred, strategic communications is more important than ever to ensure messages cut through to the right audiences. I’m looking forward to working with Rachel and the team and using my experience across the public and private sectors to help MHP bolster its advisory offer.”

 

In Conversation With Andrew Ellson: “So much has changed but also so little”

Posted on: November 10th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

Earlier this week Andrew spoke exclusively to the MHP Media Network’s James Rollinson at a brunch event at 60 Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia.

Proprietary data is in demand

Andrew spoke at length about his interest in receiving proprietary data from brands, especially when it reveals a new trend or surprising take on a pre-conceived wisdom or stereotype. A  recent example Andrew cited was about the rising popularity of ‘boring’ noughties cars such as the Ford Mondeo. He also discussed the role proprietary data can play in complementing consumer surveys, giving those stories additional context and credibility. Businesses that can properly utilise their owned data to tell stories about consumer behaviours stand a good chance of catching Andrew’s attention.

Using his inbox as a search engine

Like many journalists, Andew receives hundreds of emails a day so finds it impossible to reply to everyone. But he stressed that just because he hasn’t responded doesn’t mean the pitch hasn’t been useful. Andrew described using his inbox as a search engine, searching for relevant data, quotes or spokespeople among his emails to see if there is anything he can use to include in his piece. Andrew said pitches can come in handy weeks and months after they have been sent, so its always worth sending through even if it doesn’t lead to immediate coverage.

There is demand for lighter stories

Following extensive reporting on the Israel/Gaza war, Andrew emphasised the desire from the news desk for lighter, feel-good stories. While significant portions of the news section continue to be dedicated to reporting on the conflict, specialist reporters are keen to run stories that can provide some light relief from the heavier news. According to Andrew, many of these can come from brands, and providing they are not too self-serving they stand a good chance of making the paper.

Cost-of-living fatigue creeping in

The cost-of-living crisis has been the dominant consumer topics for more than 18 months and we are now starting to see signs of fatigue among both journalists and readers, Andrew explained. While  major stories, such as energy bills, interest rates and inflation, will continue to be reported on, he urged brands to ensure that they are not approaching every story from a cost-of-living angle, as much of The Times audience has started to switch off from it.

Filling the Christmas basket

The release of the John Lewis ad means the consumer countdown to Christmas is officially on, and things are no different in The Times’ newsroom. Andrew shared that all journalists on the news desk have been asked to submit three ideas by the end of November for articles that can pre-written and deployed at any time over the often quiet Christmas period, so the next few weeks are the perfect time to get in touch with evergreen stories.

MHP Group unveils new brand strategy offer ‘Reverb’

Posted on: October 31st, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

This press release originally appeared in PR Week

We are delighted to launch our brand new strategy offer, Reverb.

Built on the foundations of our expertise in behavioural science, the offer brings together strategy, creative, design and employee engagement to build brands that others talk about.

Led by MHP Group Head of Strategy Kate Gomes, Reverb offers a unique approach to end-to-end brand development, from narrative and purpose to visual identity and tone of voice. The team’s behavioural insight-led approach is designed to increase brand advocacy from journalists, influencers, customers and employees.

Reverb’s clients at launch include a leading consumer tech brand, a renewable energy multinational and a health NGO.

MHP Group Head of Strategy Kate Gomes explains:

“In a fast paced and ultra-competitive marketplace, it is not enough for brands to build identities their customers and stakeholders love – they also have to be shared and talked about.

By launching Reverb to help tell more authentic and culturally relevant stories, we are responding both to client demand and audience expectation.”

Dan Deeks-Osburn, Head of Strategy at Mischief, added:

“As earned specialists, we know how to tell simple, powerful stories that others want to share. By applying this experience and approach to brand strategy, we can help brands connect with new audiences and increase the ROI on brand communications.”

The interdisciplinary Reverb team also includes Design Directors Priya Patel and Lucy Feehan, Strategist Sam Munteanu-Ward, and Head of Change and Employee Engagement Naomi Goodman.

The launch of Reverb follows the recent announcement of our new Change and Employee Engagement specialism.

MHP Group bolsters Financial Services team

Posted on: October 16th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

This press release originally appeared in PR Week

MHP has made two appointments that will further support its financial services team’s focus on key growth areas: fintech and payments, asset management and sustainable finance, and insurance.

Gemma Lingham joins the business as a director, working alongside director, Matt Village to lead the fintech and payments team.

Lingham previously served as head of fintech at FleishmanHillard and has expertise in open banking and payments technology with previous clients including Trulayer, CrowdCube, Swan and Western Union.

Lingham said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be joining the practice on the back of a sustained period of impressive growth. Both the client and talent base are first class, and I look forward to working with Nick, Matt and the wider leadership team to continue building a market-leading fintech proposition.”

Charlotte Merlin-Jones also joins MHP, as an associate director from Edelman Smithfield, where she specialised in asset management, property and mortgages.

She will join the asset management and sustainable finance team, whose recent client wins include asset manager First Sentier Investors.

Merlin-Jones said: “At a time when the financial sector is under the spotlight, the ability to combine deep sector knowledge with a forward-thinking approach that delivers creative multichannel campaigns has never been more important. I look forward to experiencing the full power of MHP’s integrated proposition while working with an extremely talented set of new colleagues.”

In the last 12 months, the fintech and payments team has won briefs from brands, including Fiserv, Feedzai, Xapo Bank, Wamo and Laser Digital. This month, MHP supported Irish unicorn Wayflyer on its new £1bn funding deal with Neuberger Berman.

MHP’s head of financial services, Nick Woods, said: “Our ability to attract the industry’s best talent has been crucial to our success over the past three years. Gemma and Charlotte are two brilliant examples of this and bring with them deep expertise which will further accelerate our growth and continue our development of sub-sector specialisms.

“This capability, coupled with our integrated approach and a commitment to helping clients tell bigger stories has never been more relevant in a sector that continues to be reshaped by technological, societal and economic forces.”

MHP Group partners with Total Politics to launch the ‘30 To Watch: Politics’ awards 2023

Posted on: September 28th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

Today we have announced the return of 30 To Watch: Politics, the only UK awards to recognise the best young talent in British Politics.

Entries are invited across eight ‘…To Watch’ categories: Commentator, Diversity/Inclusivity champion, Health champion, Issue campaigner, Local champion, Think tanker, Parliamentarian, and Political adviser.

For 2023, we have partnered with Total Politics Group – the trusted source of news, debate and expert insight on politics, government and public policy. Total Politics will help promote the awards and take part in the judging process.

The 30 to Watch: Politics awards develops our long-established 30 to Watch: Journalism awards, which have been running for 12 years.

Tim Snowball, Head of Public Affairs at MHP Group commented:

“With a General Election looming, all eyes are turning to the next generation of political talent. MHP are pleased to be launching the 2023 30 To Watch: Politics awards, to identify and celebrate impressive young people making an impact in the political world.

“We are delighted to have attracted the partnership of Total Politics, who will help raise the profile of these awards and maximise participation. We are also grateful to our other partners for supporting individual categories and taking part in the judging process.”

Mark Wallace, Chief Executive of Total Politics Group added

“Politics runs on the commitment, imagination and creativity of the people who make it happen, so it’s important to take the opportunity to recognise and applaud the very best. I’m constantly impressed by the rising talent whom I encounter through Total Politics Group’s media titles and events, right across the spectrum of British politics. I can’t wait to see which examples of innovation and dedication come to light through this year’s ’30 To Watch’ awards.

The 30 To Watch: Politics awards are free to enter, entries close Friday 27th October.

Other judges for the 2023 awards include Nusrat Ghani MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Tim Farron MP, Baroness Foster (Former First Minister of Northern Ireland), Claire Ellicott (Whitehall Editor at the Daily Mail), Lucy Aitkens (Group Director External Affairs at Sky), Dean Sabri (Head of UK Political Intelligence at Dods), and Rebecca Deegan (Founder and CEO of i have a voice).

Alongside Total Politics, the 2023 awards will have a range of category partners including Savanta, Dods Political Intelligence, DeepSeer, and I Have A Voice.

In 2022, winners included Jessica Barnard, Young Labour, George Holt, Young Conservative Network, Emma Roddick, Scottish Parliament, Tony Diver, The Telegraph and Leor Zmigrod, Cambridge University.

Enter the Awards here

Judges

Nusrat Ghani MP
Business and Trade Minister

Mark Wallace
Chief Executive, Total Politics

David Lammy MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Minister for Skills

Tim Farron MP
Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Baroness Foster
Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Dean Sabri

Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Political Intelligence

Rebecca Deegan
Founder & CEO, I have a voice

Rosa Prince
Editor, London Playbook, Politico

Lucy Aitkens
Group Director External Affairs, Sky

Claire Ellicott
Whitehall Editor, Daily Mail

Roger Perowne
CEO, Savanta Comres

Atul Hatwal
Editor, Labour Uncut