Politico London Influence: Meet Public First

Public First founding partners Rachel Wolf and James Frayne talk to Politico London Influence.

Public First poll on US Foreign Policy for John Hulsman Enterprises

In the run-up to the 2020 US Elections, and with whoever wins in November set to face a fraught period in international relations, John C. Hulsman Enterprises commissioned Public First to run a poll in the US to explore American public opinion on US actions overseas, US relationships with other countries, and a range of other issues in the foreign policy space.

Scrapping GCSEs is a reckless diversion

Public First deputy director Anna McShane argues that scrapping GCSEs should not be a policy priority.

The government is serious about winning the culture wars – universities need to be ready

Writing for Wonkhe, Public First director Ed Dorrell argues that universities need to get serious about the coming culture wars.

The State we’re in and the State to come?

Public First associate partner Andy Westwood writes on the future role of the state on a local, national and industrial level.

In Conversation With… Gillian Keegan MP, Skills Minister

Public First was delighted to be joined by Skills Minister Gillian Keegan MP for a virtual panel event on Tuesday 6 October.

Education is the real key to net zero

Writing for The Times Red Box, Public First partner Natascha Engel argues that the electorate needs to be shown that net zero is affordable and viable, and most of all, necessary.

The Trouble with Political Parties

Writing for The Critic, Public First director Natascha Engel discusses the difficulties of starting a new political party.

Public First Podcast: Episode Three

In Public First's third podcast, host Ed Dorrell is joined by two of Public First's education policy experts, Jonathan Simons and Anna McShane, as they work through the thinking behind - and repercussions of - Boris Johnson's speech earlier this week on life-long learning.

Reflections on my first month at Public First

Public First's deputy director of Education Anna McShane reflects on her first month at Public First.

More freedom, less information

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel discusses the unintended consequences of the UK's well-intentioned Freedom of Information Act.

Blair Gibbs joins Public First

As well as his work for the Prime Minister, Blair has previously advised the Justice Secretary, business leaders and senior police chiefs. He also spent three years as Boris Johnson’s adviser on policing during Boris Johnson’s time as London Mayor. 

Skills Minister confirmed for Public First virtual conference event

Public First is delighted to announce that Skills minister Gillian Keegan MP will join Education Director, Jonathan Simons, for a virtual conference event on Tuesday 6 October.

Why everybody says sorry too much and how to stop

In her podcast, Why Everybody Hates You, Public First director Daisy Powell-Chandler talks to Sean O'Mara, co-author of The Apology Impulse.

Public First podcast: Episode Two

Ed Dorrell is joined by two Public First partners, James Frayne and Natascha Engel, as they discuss how the major Westminster parties should understand the English working class and its values.

Regardless of coronavirus – teachers are facing a staffing crisis

Writing for the Independent, Public First director Ed Dorrell comments on staffing issues in the UK school system.

Public First polling used in University of Winchester report

To understand how Generation Z view universities and the wider world, the University of Winchester commissioned Public First to work with YouthSight to explore attitudes of their future students.

Public First polling covered by Times Higher Education

To understand how Generation Z view universities and the wider world, the University of Winchester commissioned Public First to work with YouthSight to explore attitudes of their future students.

Give power back to the people

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel discusses the reality of localism, planning reform and house building.

Why corporate reputation needs to learn from politics

Public First's Daisy Powell-Chandler and James Frayne discus why no organisation can truly avoid politics these days.

Discussing the potential need for civil service reform

Speaking on Radio 4's "The Week in Westminster", Public First partner Gabriel Milland discusses the potential need for civil service reform.

Liberal elites’ warped view of the English working class is tearing Britain apart

Writing for The Telegraph, Public First founding partner James Frayne comments on the liberal elites' perception of the English working class.

Parliament is Labour’s best friend

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel talks about the importance of Parliament for the Opposition, and the need to understand its workings.

Coronavirus has changed the power dynamic between parents and teachers forever

Ed Dorrell, Public First Director, writes for inews on the impact of coronavirus on the relationship between parents and schools.

Don’t doubt it – government is serious about skills

Jonathan Simons, Public First Director and Head of our Education Practice, writes for Tes on the impact of the Getting Building Fund on skills and education provision.

Why Simon Case is good news for the government and Britain

Public First Partner Gabriel Milland writes for The Times Red Box about the PM's appointment of Simon Case as cabinet secretary.

Public First poll covered in the Times

Public First ran a poll that was covered in the Times, asking 1,500 parents in the UK about their opinions on the return to school next week.

Public First: the public policy agency

Public First will be announcing a number of new senior hires shortly, and a further expansion of our work across Britain and internationally.

The value and Value of higher education

Public First's Jonathan Simons, Head of our Education Practice, explores whether industry backed qualifications might provide a different type of value for higher education, and what that means for universities.

Heating our way to Net Zero

Ahead of the Chancellor's summer statement, Public First senior team Natascha Engel (Partner, Head of Environment and Energy) and Jonathan Simons (Director, Head of Education Practice) set out views on what the government is likely to do on Green Jobs and Net Zero, and what the implications are.

Money for Green Jobs is welcome – but do we know what they are?

Ahead of the Chancellor's summer statement, Public First senior team Natascha Engel (Partner, Head of Environment and Energy) and Jonathan Simons (Director, Head of Education Practice) set out views on what the government is likely to do on Green Jobs and Net Zero, and what the implications are.

The R&D Decade Project: Advocating for R&D Investment

Public First authored the final report of Wellcome and CaSE's R&D Decade project, which examined how the R&D Community can advocate for research investment in light of the government's commitment to spending 2.4% of GDP on R&D.

People want green recovery from pandemic, even if it is slow

Writing The Times Red Box, Rachel Wolf examines the public’s desire for a green recovery from the pandemic, and what role carbon pricing could play in such a recovery.

Report for the ZeroC Commission

Public First authored and conducted opinion research for the Zero Carbon Commission's interim report on UK Emissions Pricing

Labour’s fork in the road to victory

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel examines Labour's strategy for building bridges between their voting coalition.

Labour’s recovery will begin by returning to its roots

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel examines Labour's organisation and closeness to community, and how they may hold the key to rejuvenating the party.

Public First poll for the University Alliance

Public First ran a poll for the Univeristy Alliance to examine what the public thinks about the role of Universities post-Coronavirus.

Sutton Trust: UK Parent Poll Press Coverage

Public First's poll of UK parents, ran on behalf of Sutton Trust, examined the impact which the school shutdown has had on the UK.

Ed Dorrell joins Public First

Public First is delighted to announce the hiring of Ed Dorrell as a Director.

Sutton Trust: UK Parent Poll

Public First ran a poll of UK parents to examine the impact which the school shutdown has had on the UK. 

This new Tory coalition has deep foundations

The Times' journalist Dominic Lawson has published an analysis the long term political trend behind Johnson's 2019 Election success. Citing James Frayne's and Public First's research in the former Labour heartlands, Lawson concludes that this election was less Johnson suddenly "crashing through Labour's red wall," and more the long in the making result of Labour's shift to the left leaving behind its traditional working class supporters.

UPP Foundation – A Tale of a Divided Britain

Public First ran opinion research for the UPP Foundation, demonstrating the divide in how people across the UK feel about their local area.

Universities for Nottingham

The Universities of Nottingham have published a joint impact report, in which Public First played an advisory role.

Empty pockets: Why shops going cashless is good for business – and consumers

Public First Communications Manager Fred de Fossard, writing for City A.M., examines the cashless revolution on our high streets and the report he wrote for The Entrepreneurs Network.

Cashing Out

A new report by Public First Communications Manager Fred de Fossard looks at the rise of cashless commerce and its implications for SMEs, the high street, and financial inclusion.

Why we called our agency “Public First”

When agencies are founded, it’s traditional to give them an abstract name. We went in a different direction and settled on a name which explains our approach to research and communications. And we’re reminded why we did that again today, as we digest the news about Government support for the ailing Flybe Airline.

New Poll for Home Builders Federation

Public First ran polling for the Home Builders Federation.

Sunday Times: Poll for Sutton Trust

Public First ran polling for the Sutton Trust, which was featured in the Sunday Times.

Sunday Telegraph: New Poll on the TV Licence Fee

Public First ran a poll on the percptions of the BBC and the TV licence fee.

Public First is Hiring

Public First is looking for a Research Analyst to get involved in our innovative and growing opinion research team.