60 Seconds: Back to school




As the children go back to school and Parliament returns from its summer recess, I have been reflecting on where I spent my summer: at work. No need to feel sorry for me, I still enjoy it after 20 years in the business!

And I am pleased to say that this summer was a particularly successful one for Curtin&Co. Below are some of the highlights, but as we move into the autumn we aren’t stopping there. We will be continuing to expand and working with all our clients to help meet that government housing target of 1 million homes in this Parliament: that should keep us all busy.

Now back to work…



Andrew Bingham.
From 2010 until the most recent election in June 2017, Andrew served as the Conservative MP for High Peak in Derbyshire. As well as having a first-hand insight into the workings of Whitehall, Andrew also sat on High Peak Borough Council for 13 years, during which time he was an intrinsic part of developing the Local Plan. We are sure that his expertise in planning in rural areas, along with such an in-depth understanding of all levels of government, will be of huge benefit to our clients moving forward.

Mark Harrison.
Maintaining the country versus city balance, not to mention the balance of political persuasion within the office, Curtin&Co has also recently welcomed former-Labour Lambeth councillor, Mark Harrison. During 2009 and 2014, he served as a member of the Strategic Board leading the regeneration of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea and sat on Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee.

Cambridge Office.
The new appointments come shortly after the opening of our new Midlands office. Based in Cambridge and headed up by Martin Curtis, former-Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, the new office will cover the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia and build upon the strong track record of success Curtin&Co and our clients have already enjoyed across the region. Feel free to drop by!

Not so Grand Design…
Neil Parish: To build public support for new homes, we must encourage better housing design

Avid Javid’s housing push
Theresa May urged to force councils to build more homes

Home is where the art is
Brits are willing to pay an average of £8,500 extra for a home in an area with colourful street art, says new survey

Bucks from bricks and mortar or Bitcoins?
Baroness Mone banks on bitcoin for sale of luxury Dubai homes

My Big Fat Gypsy… Stables?
Travellers make offer for ‘ruin village’ land

And Finally…

The ugliest building of the year goes to…
Carbuncle Cup shortlists six contenders for worst building of 2017

Curtin&Co specialises in the fields of Community Consultation and Political Engagement, especially around development, and Reputation & Crisis Management.

Curtin&Co has grown rapidly to a team of over 20 highly qualified political, community engagement and reputation management specialists, having been founded by Tom Curtin in 2009.  In 2016, Curtin&Co was delighted to be listed in PR Week’s Top 150 Public Relations consultancies at number 86 and in the Top 10 Public Affairs consultancies at number 8; a recognition of the quality of the service and growth achieved.

To find out more visit www.curtinandco.com or call Helen Barrett on 0207 399 2288