Tag Archives | Greg Clark

Chaos means opportunities – 2017 could be a turning point

Greetings to 2017. And a very Happy New Year to all you out there in EG land. Did you want to come back? I certainly struggled. Was it a longer break than usual this year? Or did it just feel that way? In the midst of my Seasonal Affective Disorder (and the fact that I […]

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Stoke is fired up for the future

Bit of an early start for me on Friday, although a true labour of love, as I scrambled on the 8am train to Stoke-on-Trent for the launch of the Ceramics Valley Enterprise Zone. I am becoming something of a champion of Stoke and the surrounding conurbation, and you lucky people will be hearing more of […]

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My old boss will be a fine captain of industry

The reshuffle in July meant a huge promotion for my erstwhile gaffer (and all-time hero) Greg Clark, of course. The combination of energy with industrial strategy makes for a most compelling proposition, even if it does result in the rather ugly acronym of BEIS (and a bit of a fracas while two sets of civil […]

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Adding fuel to both powerhouse and engine

Those who had assumed that the summer reshuffle meant, at best, something of a demotion of the construct of the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine may need to look again.  It would seem that these are powerful concepts, that have captured the imagination of those in the areas concerned, and they are here to […]

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The benefits of 30 months in Whitehall

During my 30 months in Whitehall, I had the benefit of traversing three departments (Cabinet Office; Business, Innovation and Skills; and Communities and Local Government) in hot pursuit of the great Greg Clark, in my exulted positon as his policy adviser on urban regeneration. My last billet was in CLG of course, where Greg was […]

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Mrs May gives reason to be cheerful

Further to Monday’s blog post of optimism, I find more reasons for the property industry to be cheerful this week. Well, I reckon it is a choice. We either put our best foot forward and make things work in this weird new world, or we collapse and slide into recession. And I choose the former! […]

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Encouraging signs from our new-look government

Despite the enormity of other news over the weekend, my last post received a lot of attention. To be honest, I was inundated. I received masses of messages in all bewildering forms of media, both from within and from outside government. All universally kind. Thank you everyone. And it has been a simply superb experience […]

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The end of an era: it’s been an honour

In a strict technical sense, I ceased to be a civil servant last night. Belonging, as I did, to the extended ministerial office of Greg Clark, my tenure was entirely linked to his. And when he ceased to be secretary of state for communities and local government, my role in the CLG EMO was made […]

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The question now, is what next?

Technically I am a civil servant. And I will remain as such, until I leave HMG to return to UKR at the end of July (more of what comes next for Sadek in future blogs, naturally). And, as a civil servant, I am bound by the Civil Service Code, which means it is my duty […]

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Pride in their alley – and a green inspiration

My hero may be Greg Clark. But Greg Clark himself has a new hero. Or should I say, a new heroine? Greg was speaking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week. He likes the Chelsea Flower Show. And he loves the RHS, which has  supported him before (notably in his anti-garden-grabbing campaign of 2011).  […]

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