Ireland Post-Brexit Conference

We have decided to postpone this event (originally planned for March 2, 2017) to a later date.  You can pre-register your interest in the event using the form at the foot of this post.  

Since the people of the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union there has been a lot of discussion about what the decision means for UK/Irish relations…and for Ireland itself. We’ll assemble some of the most important speakers to debate whether Ireland’s future lies within the the EU, or outside.  

Since the UK’s EU Referendum result was announced on June 24, 2016, here has been much focus on what will happen in terms of trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – as well as trade between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land-border with the EU.

UK-Ireland trade is important. In 2015 the UK imported some Euro 14.7 billion from Ireland and exported just under Euro 20 billion to Ireland.

Some of the questions being asked are:

  • What will happen if the UK government decides to leave the single market…will this mean a ‘hard border’ between Northern Ireland and The Republic or will nothing much change?
  • What happens (if anything) to the Common Travel Area – the bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland that means that people can move across the border without any checks?
  • Can an electronic system obviate the need for customs posts?
  • Does the devaluation of the £UK mean that Irish exporters will be at a permanent disadvantage (while UK exports to the Republic appear relatively cheap) or will Sterling just float back?
  • Will tariffs return if the UK leaves the single market or will common sense prevail?
  • What are the opportunities emerging from Brexit for better trade relations between both nations?
  • Should Ireland consider following the UK’s lead…is Eirexit an option?

These and many other questions may not be answerable until the nature of Brexit becomes clearer. But, by March 2017, we will be closer to the UK initiating Article 50 in order to formally leave the EU. It will be a good time to debate the future for Ireland and the UK in a post-Brexit (and post Brexit-hysteria) world.

As a follow-up to our EU Referendum Business Debate held in Belfast in April 2016, we are delighted to announce a debate and conference. This will be a must-attend event for people in business, government or public affairs to get right up to speed on the latest thinking about British/Irish trade in a post-Brexit world.

To help debate some of these issues we have a stellar line-up of speakers including:

  • Douglas Carswell MP – the first elected Member of Parliament for the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Noelle O’Connell – Executive Director, European Movement, Ireland
  • Paul Staines – the Libertarian political blogger and publisher of the Guido Fawkes website
  • Anthony Coughlan – Associate Professor Emeritus, Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin
  • John McGrane – Director General, British-Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • John Longworth – Former Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Cormac Lucey – Economics Commentator, Sunday Times (Ireland) and Author, Plan B: How Leaving the Euro Can Save Ireland
  • David McCann – Deputy Editor, Slugger O’Toole
  • Keith Redmond – Director and Co-Founder, Hibernia Forum

The event will provide invaluable insight into the political decisions that need to be taken as well as the opportunities for trade. The conference will provide a forum for business people, politicians and academics to discuss and network.

Please complete the short form below to register your interest.

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May to trigger Article 50 by March 2017

The UK will trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which enables member states to leave the European Union, before March 2017, according to the prime minister.  The British government will then have a further 2 years to finalise the terms of ‘Brexit’, including potentially brokering a trade deal with Brussels.  

Theresa May made the announcement at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham, where Quadriga Consulting is taking part in important public policy conversations, including ThinkTent 2016, and engaging with government policy-makers.

Alongside formal negotiations to leave the EU, the government will introduce a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, removing the 1972 European Communities Act from the statute book.  This bill will enshrine all existing EU law in British law, allowing parliament to amend or remove any legislation with which it disagrees.

Mrs. May made it clear that the European Court of Justice will not have any jurisdiction in the UK, under her government’s plans.  While Britain can choose to keep some of the safeguards to rights or the environment that EU law introduced, our legislators will be free to debate and repeal controversial forms of regulation.

From the outset of the Brexit debate, Quadriga Consulting has driven informed conversation about the referendum.  We conducted a major survey of over 200 British companies in the aftermath of the poll, creating an overview of the attitudes of businesses to the effects of the referendum results, across a range of important sectors.

We’ll continue to facilitate constructive discussions about Brexit and its likely consequences with businesses, interest groups and decision-makers.  We’ll ensure our clients stay informed, in order to navigate the Brexit and the post-Brexit landscapes successfully.

Public Policy Research and Comms

Do you ever get the feeling that public policy decisions are often reached as a result of the latest fad or latest media fixation? Sometimes policy decisions are simply responses to simple ‘causality’. For example, sugar results in obesity. Or smoking should be taxed into oblivion. But sometimes such policy choices can make situations even worse. Rent controls, to curb rent inflation, can reduce the stock of available houses to rent. Excessive taxation can feed the ‘grey market’.

The fact is that societies are complex. They involve many interlocking relationships – if one relationship is artificially altered it can affect all the others, often in bizarre ways.

Policy choice can also have a serious and detrimental effect on business.

We help influence public and business opinion by researching and writing about the effects certain policy decisions might have. We organise debates and round tables, conduct interviews, produce video content, write white papers and social media content – all designed to inform people, businesses and politicians.

This little video hints at the type of work we undertake.

If you’d like to know more about the types of public policy work we undertake, please contact us.

Owen Polley Joins as Senior Associate

Owen Polley will focus on public policy related content development
Owen Polley will focus on public policy related content development

Owen Polley has joined the Quadriga Consulting team as a Senior Associate responsible for public policy focused content development.

Owen is a policy and public affairs professional and researcher, who worked for five years for the Conservative Party. While at the Conservative Party he was responsible for policy development, policy support, campaign activities and media. He is an experienced researcher and accomplished writer, accustomed to working on policy documents, news stories, web content, feature articles and detailed briefings. Recently, his projects have included researching the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’ and writing a policy paper on business support for small and medium enterprises.

As a Conservative Party staffer, Owen wrote and researched the party’s local government manifesto for Northern Ireland, as well as contributing significantly to both its European and Westminster manifestos.

As a journalist and commentator Owen has contributed to The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, Belfast Telegraph, FourFourTwo, The Christian Science Monitor, Prospect Magazine, Open Democracy and Conservative Home, as well as other newspapers and magazines. His blog was shortlisted for the inaugural Orwell Prize for political blogging, in 2009.  Public Affairs clients have included the Federation of Small Businesses and Leave.EU.

Owen is a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland and worked in accountancy for ten years. He studied law at Dundee University.

The Talk Show

Many of our clients need to reach decision-makers scattered across countries or time zones. Reaching international audiences, and involving them in conversations, has traditionally been very difficult. Content that is seen to be produced for local audiences often doesn’t work well in other markets.

We have come up with a concept that is being used by clients to extend their content marketing reach into international markets – and also allows us to involve those markets in content creation.

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Chat Show Concept – Click to Enlarge

A Familiar Concept for the Connected Generation

Most people are familiar with the idea of the talk show. The format has become a mainstay for broadcasters across the globe. A studio ‘anchor’ chairs a discussion or debate around one or several topics.

We have taken this format and ‘tweaked’ it slightly.

Our talk show format allows us to create compelling broadcast content that is both live-streamed and streamed on-demand across the globe. Talk shows allow us to involve expert witnesses, wherever they are located, and incorporate their opinions and perspectives, via Skype Video or Google Video Hangouts.

Showcasing your people, products , services & customer stories to a truly global audience.

How it Works

Here’s what we do. We create a sponsor-branded ‘pop-up’ studio. We have a studio anchor to lead the chat with studio guests and guests connected via video conference. Our in-studio Director can cut between in-studio cameras, Skype video feeds from remote guests, and audio feeds from remote guests. We can also cut-in pre-recorded segments and/or advertisements into both live streamed talk shows and on-demand programs.

Shows can be recorded quarterly – we can film two or three shows in one filming day.  That way,  your pre-recorded talk show can be played out at set dates and times – the result,  exclusive all year round content for your lead generation and content marketing calendar.  (Four filming days per year equals eight to twelve talk shows – one per month).

Studio Guests or Big Debates

We can have one or two people in the studio and a few remote guests or we can have hundreds of studio guests and stream live, or on-demand, across the globe.

The resulting shows are the ultimate in ‘thought leader’ content. Rather than publishing a ‘white paper’, our streamed video based content reaches audiences across the globe. We combine our expertise in developing deep, insightful content with the latest video, streaming, social media and content marketing technology.

The format can be tweaked slightly to suit the client need. For example, we can also have an in-studio audience. Or we can incorporate talk shows into traditional events or conferences. We can also record talk shows and then stream them on a pre-determined date or dates.  An editorial calendar can be published well in advance.

Marketing and Pre-Marketing

The talk show concept is also the perfect complement to social media engagement. Shows can be pre-marketed. Think of Netflix marketing of House of Cards. Well in advance of the launch date the marketing teams will be promoting the stars of the show. A House of Cards twitter account will be releasing teaser content. A count-down clock to launch date will be featured on the show Facebook page.

We do the same things. We’ll be actively promoting guest involvement in the upcoming show. We’ll be publishing blog posts. We’ll be pushing the talk show live date via the dedicated show website and also our sponsor client websites and via social media.

Designed for Engagement

Talk shows can either be streamed publicly or behind a registration portal.  If the objective is to have a wide reach – building brand awareness – we recommend a totally open and free stream. However, if there is a need to build leads or suspects, then the registration-wall approach is the way to go. We can build all of the registration functionality required.

Case Studies

Brexit Debate
The Talk Show approach works. Our recent UK Brexit Business Debate had some 150 people in the studio but, to date, has had a live/on-demand audience of close to 3,000 from across the globe. Our event hashtag trended across the UK on Twitter. The debate was sponsored by technology firm Equiniti.

Citizen20Series
Our Citizen 2012 and Citizen 2013 events, held in London, streamed across the globe and drew together experts in digital government, citizen engagement and citizen participation. The events gave birth to an important portal on citizen engagement called Citizen20Series.com – and we hope to run a series of talk shows in the coming months.

Government 2010
Our Government 2010 event had a concurrent live stream audience in the thousands and we forged media partnerships in the UK and USA. The event featured experts in digital government, in the UK, Europe and USA. The event and talk shows it contained were sponsored by IBM.


For further information about Talk Show and our other live streamed event concepts please contact us for a chat. Email jeff@quadco.co.uk now.