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Registration for the London Lounge has now opened!

Now in its 7th year for Conservative Party Conference and its 5th year for Labour Party Conference the London Lounge is returning to party conference.

Join us in our conference space to enjoy free Starbucks refreshments, comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, mobile and device charging, daily newspapers and new this year a Facebook Live broadcasting pod.

At Labour Party Conference we are located on the 3rd floor (known as the Skyline Restaurant) of the Brighton Centre, within the secure zone.

At Conservative Party Conference we are located outside (up the ramp) on the right hand side of the entrance to the Manchester Central Conference Centre, within the secure zone.

Due to the popularity of the Lounge only guests who have registered will be admitted.

Look out for your invitation to register.

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Being A Newbie In Westminster – Tips from an old hand

Justine Duggan, iNHouse Communications (Ex-Head of Office for Brandon Lewis MP)

Whether you are a new Member of Parliament or a new staff member the Palace of Westminster can be a daunting but exciting place. The myriad of corridors and the many archaic rules are not easy to navigate. There is no comprehensive guide or decent map of the building. You will get lost. On top of this your email box will be full and you will have hundreds of meeting requests to keep on top off. In my first few weeks I could only find places if I started off in Central Lobby. I spent a lot of time at the Vote and Table Office asking question after question. After seven years of working in the Palace I was still finding new places and learning new things. I fell in love with the Palace of Westminster and all its quirky ways.

MY TOP TIPS FOR A NEWBIE ARE:

• Patience take your time it is not a race.

• Pick your staff wisely and look after them. They are the key to a well run office.

• Get lost, it is your only way of finding your way around.

• Ask, don’t be afraid to ask, everyone is very helpful.

• Go in the Chamber as much as possible; listen and watch.

• Don’t join every All Parliamentary Group you are asked to, concentrate on the subjects you want to champion.

• Make friends.

• Don’t give your mobile out too widely, especially to journalists who may hound you in the future.

• Find the Sports and Social and Strangers Bars.

• And of course try the Jerk chicken, you won’t regret it!

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iNHOUSE COMMUNICATIONS INVESTS IN GROWTH AS IT APPOINTS FORMER DOWNING STREET DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS KATIE PERRIOR AS ITS FIRST CHAIR

Former Downing Street Director of Communications and Co-Founder of iNHouse Communications Katie Perrior is re-joining the company as its first Chair, as she builds a portfolio career outside Government. The news comes following the appointment of Strategic Comms and Public Affairs Leader, Michelle Di Leo last month, who joins iNHouse from FHF where she is a Partner.

These appointments come at a time of continued growth for the Westminster-based company known for its political and media relations expertise. iNHouse Communications Founding Partner Jo Tanner said: “This has been a fantastic year for the company. After significant growth in recent months, we have decided to invest heavily to bolster our senior counsel and ensure we can continue to provide our clients with the best advice and support.

“I am thrilled Katie is coming back to the company as Chair, enhancing the fantastic offer we now provide. Our unique style continues to stand out in the market with a unique blend of creative campaigns, crisis comms, public affairs, in addition to our successful innovations like the Party Conference London Lounge. I cannot wait to see what heights the company will reach with Michelle and Katie joining our already fantastic team.”

Katie Perrior said: “Over the past year I have occupied a top seat at the heart of Government, leading the communications strategy domestically and abroad as well as understanding how Government really works. I hope to bring my knowledge to iNHouse as its first Chair, supporting the company I helped establish as it enters this exciting time.”

Incoming Partner Michelle Di Leo said: “I can’t wait to get started working alongside Jo and Katie to continue to build the great company they founded and go on the next stage of that journey with them.”

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Strategic Comms and Public Affairs Leader, Michelle Di Leo, joins INHouse Communications as Partner from FHF

The appointment comes at a time of continued growth for the Westminster-based company known for its political and media relations expertise.

iNHouse Communications Founder Jo Tanner said: “This is a fantastic year for the company. After significant growth in recent months, we have decided to begin investing heavily to bolster our senior counsel and ensure we can continue to provide our clients with the best advice and support. This is the first of several impressive appointments we will be making over the coming months.

“Our offer stands out in the market with a unique blend of strategic and crisis comms, creative campaigns and public affairs, as well as building on our successful innovations like the Party Conference London Lounge.”

Michelle Di Leo said: “iNHouse Communications represents the best in super smart, creative communications and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Jo to build on that reputation over the coming years. This is a hugely exciting time of change in British politics and together we’ll be providing the kind of senior counsel that will help clients make the most of the opportunities that presents.”

Notes to Editors

Michelle Di Leo joins iNHouse in July

Michelle has 23 years experience in strategic communications and has held senior roles in house and in agency. She started her career at the National Union of Teachers where she led campaigns and political relations. Stints as Head of Media and Public Affairs at the British Lung Foundation and the Airport Operators Association followed. She was a Partner at LLM Communications. She left to set up and ran a national campaign for aviation, FlyingMatters. When the campaign finished after the 2010 election she became a Senior Vice President at Teneo Strategy and in 2015 joined FleishmanHillard Fishburn to rebuild and lead the Public Affairs team. Michelle has a first degree in Philosophy and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Government and Politics.

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Account Manager Justine Duggan and former Chief of Staff to Conservative Members of Parliament, Brandon Lewis and Dr James Davies lifts the lid on the process MPs offices will be going through.

What will be happening in MPs offices now……

Behind the scenes, MPs offices will be manically busy.

They will want to get their staff election ready, appoint campaign managers, round up their volunteers and check their campaign funds.

Business as usual will still have to happen with casework continuing and meetings still taking place. As soon as parliament is dissolved on the proposed date of May 3, taxpayer funded computers, offices, websites and stationery will not be able to be used as the Member of Parliament ceases to be the Member of Parliament. He/she is now a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and must be on the same footing as any other candidate. Staff can continue with casework but must remind constituents that the MP is now a candidate not an MP. Tax funded staff can campaign but only in their own time. Email accounts will be suspended, passes to the Palace of Westminster deactivated. Twitter Accounts and Facebook Accounts must have any reference to their MP removed and disclaimers added.

Campaign literature will need to be written, leaflets delivered, doors knocked on, hustings to do and businesses and shops to visit.

All this in just 51 days! And on top of all this no one’s job is guaranteed at the end!

Good luck to all.

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iNHouse Communications Associate Director Simon Petar comments on the mayoral candidates housing policies in Housebuilding News

In his column, PPS’ Byfield suggested that Goldsmith’s campaign seemed rather vague – yet to gather momentum. But both men appear to be taking the long view with their plans, says Simon Petar, associate director at iNHouse, a public affairs consultancy. “With both of them aiming to protect the green belt, it’s wiser to look at these manifesto commitments as two-term pledges given the scale of the task at hand,” he advises. However, whilst some of these policy offerings contain “useful ideas,” they are not going to yield the volume of homes the capital needs in rapid time, comments Martin Skinner, ceo of Inspired Homes. “Viability is a big issue in London. A lot of schemes aren’t coming forward because of housebuilders renegotiating section 106 requirements. Smaller housebuilders can’t make traditional schemes work as they eat away at their margins and take too long.”

Read the full article here:http://www.house-builder.co.uk/news/articles/2016-04-01/just-the-ticket.html

 

 

 

 

 

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iNHouse Communications Associate Director Simon Petar comments on Liverpool fans' walkout at Anfield in PR Week

When Liverpool fans walked out in the 77th minute against Sunderland, it was a textbook political stunt  in response to a tick-box consultation, highlighting just how well-organised their grassroots campaign was.

As a life-long Manchester United fan I feel queasy praising Liverpool, but what the supporters achieved was remarkable. Owner FSG fell into its own local consultation trap by conducting it like a tick-box exercise.

In doing so it agitated and irritated the masses. Bosses met with supporter groups, but clearly didn’t listen to what was being fed back or the tone of the messages. Not agreeing with stakeholders is one thing but to actively ignore the warnings from stakeholder groups was to treat its core supporter base with contempt.

Successful grassroots movements spring up when there is a sense of injustice and an opportunity to alter the outcome. Once Liverpool fans got into their stride there was only ever going to be one outcome – FSG folded.

This is not a debate about the correct pricing structure for tickets because frankly I’m not qualified to comment on the business decisions necessary to run an ambitious football club. However, if the decision had already been made to increase prices from £59 to £77, then be upfront and honest and tell supporters why.

You’ll gain more respect and just maybe get enough buy-in from the local community to push it through. The letter to fans from FSG apologising for the distress caused coupled with a detailed explanation of its plans was beautifully written, even if it was long overdue.

The lesson here is that, from the start, stakeholder communications has to be a meaningful dialogue otherwise you are heading for failure. Clearly each situation is different – but any involvement with a local community should be long-lasting, genuine and positive.

The Government believes localism is about giving councils more influence in decisions that affect their local communities. This is true, but it also means that organisations have the opportunity to really get to grips with local areas, engage early and often, get under the skin and become a part of the fabric of the local economy. Celebrate your successes with them.

If you are a retailer doing well it means more shoppers in the high street and every local business has the opportunity to benefit. If you are a house builder, it means providing the tenants needed to support the local economy for the long term.

Everybody wins. Not every planning application or local communication campaign will get the desired result. The law of averages coupled with the strange world of local politics and the power of the planning inspector can throw you off course. However, if you are open and transparent in your desire then you’ll win more than you lose.

Finally, if like FSG you have to make difficult decisions that affect your local stakeholder base, it is best to do more than just a tick-box exercise to bring people with you. Otherwise you’ll be walking alone.Simon Petar is associate director at iNHouse Communications

See the full article here

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iNHouse Communications Associate Director Simon Petar comments on Liverpool fans’ walkout at Anfield in PR Week

When Liverpool fans walked out in the 77th minute against Sunderland, it was a textbook political stunt  in response to a tick-box consultation, highlighting just how well-organised their grassroots campaign was.

As a life-long Manchester United fan I feel queasy praising Liverpool, but what the supporters achieved was remarkable. Owner FSG fell into its own local consultation trap by conducting it like a tick-box exercise.

In doing so it agitated and irritated the masses. Bosses met with supporter groups, but clearly didn’t listen to what was being fed back or the tone of the messages. Not agreeing with stakeholders is one thing but to actively ignore the warnings from stakeholder groups was to treat its core supporter base with contempt.

Successful grassroots movements spring up when there is a sense of injustice and an opportunity to alter the outcome. Once Liverpool fans got into their stride there was only ever going to be one outcome – FSG folded.

This is not a debate about the correct pricing structure for tickets because frankly I’m not qualified to comment on the business decisions necessary to run an ambitious football club. However, if the decision had already been made to increase prices from £59 to £77, then be upfront and honest and tell supporters why.

You’ll gain more respect and just maybe get enough buy-in from the local community to push it through. The letter to fans from FSG apologising for the distress caused coupled with a detailed explanation of its plans was beautifully written, even if it was long overdue.

The lesson here is that, from the start, stakeholder communications has to be a meaningful dialogue otherwise you are heading for failure. Clearly each situation is different – but any involvement with a local community should be long-lasting, genuine and positive.

The Government believes localism is about giving councils more influence in decisions that affect their local communities. This is true, but it also means that organisations have the opportunity to really get to grips with local areas, engage early and often, get under the skin and become a part of the fabric of the local economy. Celebrate your successes with them.

If you are a retailer doing well it means more shoppers in the high street and every local business has the opportunity to benefit. If you are a house builder, it means providing the tenants needed to support the local economy for the long term.

Everybody wins. Not every planning application or local communication campaign will get the desired result. The law of averages coupled with the strange world of local politics and the power of the planning inspector can throw you off course. However, if you are open and transparent in your desire then you’ll win more than you lose.

Finally, if like FSG you have to make difficult decisions that affect your local stakeholder base, it is best to do more than just a tick-box exercise to bring people with you. Otherwise you’ll be walking alone.Simon Petar is associate director at iNHouse Communications

See the full article here

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Founders of the London Lounge

With comfortable meeting space, first-class refreshments and high-level networking opportunities, the legendary London Lounge is a firm fixture of the UK party conference season. Our exclusive environment is designed to provide a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle while remaining at the heart of the action within the secure zone.

During the day, London Lounge guests benefit from bookable meeting space, free freshly- brewed premium coffee and snacks, mobile-phone charging facilities and free high speed wifi. In the evenings, we seamlessly transform into a party space and cocktail lounge.

The London Lounge is run by our highly experienced and senior team of PR & PA professionals at iNHouse Communications. Our top class concierge service ensures that our members and clients are well looked after during conference season.

Over the years, we have welcomed over five thousands high-level guests through our doors including the Prime Minister, numerous cabinet and shadow cabinet members (Over half the cabinet came through our doors last year alone), MPs, advisors and party officials.

Our lounge is very well-attended by media with national newspaper editors, lobby journalists and commentators a constant fixture in our space. In addition, we have an impressive list of business guests including global CEOs. Charities and thinktanks are also well represented.

We are proud of our long-standing partnerships with major sponsors New UK, Starbucks and Diageo. Our sponsors enjoy the benefits of a dedicated space to showcase their work to a range of senior figures and branding throughout the lounge.

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iNHouse on the move

iNHouse Communications has relocated its London offices to 4 Millbank in the heart of Westminster.

Our senior team will now be operating out of the iconic building which is home to the Westminster TV studios of major broadcasters including the BBC, ITN and Sky News.

Our new Westminster office is ideally located for clients just a stones throw from the House of Parliament and is perfectly equipped for iNHouse to host events such as networking and media training.

With just over four months to go before the election, the move is perfectly timed for the iNHouse team which is renowned for its political expertise. iNHouse founders Jo Tanner and Katie Perrior ran the PR for Boris Johnson’s 2008 London mayoral victory, while the company’s associate director Kirsty Walker is a former national newspaper lobby journalist.

Jo Tanner, director of iNHouse Communications, said: “iNHouse is on the move and on the up. Our team is well known for our political and PR expertise. There is simply no better place for our company to be based than in the heart of Westminster’s media hub at 4 Millbank.”