The world has been turned on its head

By Andy Martin / 17th April 2020 / 0 Comments

The world has been turned on its head. We have a whole slew of new words and concepts (Social Distancing and Furlough are enough to be going on with) and we watch a daily rate of people passing away that would previously been considered as incomprehensible. We’ve settled into a new way of life and […]

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Now we are 2 and a half

By Andy Martin / 22nd January 2020 / 1 Comment

A fascinating couple of years has passed and more and more I am persuaded that business is wholly about people. The team, the clients and of course, elected members and the community, each with their own personal agendas, perspectives ad emotions. In a small business like ours, ‘people’ are absolutely critical and on that basis […]

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The Twelve Tenuous Political Points of 2019

By Steve Jolly / 24th December 2019 / 0 Comments

For people who don’t follow politics particularly closely it must have seemed all a bit busy this year, and for those of us who both follow and are actively engaged in politics and political campaigning – it’s been an absolutely unprecedented year in politics (except for probably 2016, 2017 and 2018). As is the time-honoured […]

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A tale of two applications…

By Andy Martin / 27th June 2019 / 0 Comments

One night earlier this week was a fascinating night for Marengo Communications. You may conclude we need to get out more, but in truth, we’re very happy in our niche. We had the strange circumstance of two applications before the same planning committee. It’s not something that happens often, but we were prepared. Ward members […]

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After the voting, comes the wrangling

By Steve Jolly / 15th May 2019 / 0 Comments

Much has been written about the local elections held on the 3rd of May, which saw the worst Conservative result at a local election in many years, the failure of Labour and UKIP to capitalise on this collapse in the vote, and a resurgence of Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent candidates across the country. However, […]

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Brexit to the left – Local Elections to the right

By Andy Martin / 29th March 2019 / 2 Comments

We find ourselves living in ‘interesting times’. There is no question we would like to be living in markedly less interesting ones, but there is little we can do about it! In the midst of debates about our place on the world stage and the impacts of the global economy in the face of Brexit, […]

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Is beauty the answer to the housing crisis?

By Nick Vose / 21st November 2018 / 0 Comments

We like everyone else, have no idea what will happen next. Brexit has cast its murky shadow over everything. It is crowding out almost every idea and turned Theresa May’s government into a one-trick pony. There is perhaps one concession to this otherwise gloomy picture. James Brokenshire, the relatively new Secretary of State for Housing, […]

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NPPF: The Sequel

By Oliver Deed / 27th July 2018 / 0 Comments

Have you ever watched Titanic 2? No? Me neither. Apparently, the film is one of the worst sequels ever made. Released in 2010, the film had a budget of $500,000 and the output reflected it by all accounts. The follow up is almost always harder than the original. It is rare you get a hit […]

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Oliver Deed joins Marengo Communications

By Steve Jolly / 16th July 2018 / 0 Comments

Marengo Communications are pleased to announce that they have been joined by experienced communications expert Oliver Deed. Oliver has recently returned from working in the property and planning sector in Australia, where he has worked on large residential schemes. Andy Martin said “We’re delighted that Oliver has decided to make Marengo Communications his home, now […]

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Eighth time’s a charm? The revolving door of Housing Ministers

By Steve Jolly / 10th July 2018 / 0 Comments

Shapps, Prisk, Hopkins, Lewis, Barwell, Sharma, Raab and Malthouse. No, not the name of a Dickensian law firm, but the roll-call of Housing Ministers since the Conservatives entered government in May 2010. We’ve had a new minister at the rate of one a year – the blink of an eye in planning and housing delivery […]

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