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Unlocking Potential

Unlocking the potential of younger people and workers across Britain

The Unlocking Potential programme will develop practical policies to ensure that latent talent across the UK is harnessed to increase the growth and resilience of the economy

How neighbourhood policing can make streets and communities safer
Giving Back Better looks at how the UK could unlock greater philanthropy in the UK.
What voters really think about immigration
Summary report of an Onward and the Fair Standards Alliance roundtable, exploring how to empower UK businesses through access to Standard Essential Patents.
Securing the economic and environmental future of Britain’s farms
Unlocking the UK’s pensions for science and tech growth.

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.

Senior Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell discusses why immigration will be a problem for both the Conservatives and Labour in the upcoming election in City AM.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne wrote in the i about how to make the Conservatives popular.

Onward's Head of New Deal for Parents Phoebe Arslanagić-Little warns that some mindfulness sessions might actually be making things worse. 

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses the role that Wetherspoons plays in our local communities in City AM. 

Lord Hague quoted Onward’s Qualifying for the Race to Net Zero report in his Times column encouraging a trade revolution in the UK.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne writes in the i that the Government must focus on cutting both legal and illegal migration. 

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.

Senior Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell discusses why immigration will be a problem for both the Conservatives and Labour in the upcoming election in City AM.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne wrote in the i about how to make the Conservatives popular.

Onward's Head of New Deal for Parents Phoebe Arslanagić-Little warns that some mindfulness sessions might actually be making things worse. 

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses the role that Wetherspoons plays in our local communities in City AM. 

Lord Hague quoted Onward’s Qualifying for the Race to Net Zero report in his Times column encouraging a trade revolution in the UK.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne writes in the i that the Government must focus on cutting both legal and illegal migration. 

In Conservative Home, Jim Blagden, Head of Politics and Polling, outlines why cutting immigration is crucial to reviving the Conservatives’ electoral chances.

Chair of the Future of Conservatism Gavin Rice explains the necessity of MPs backing the Rwanda Bill in The House.

Sebastian Payne, Onward’s Director, wrote in the i about why Chris Skidmore is deeply wrong about the UK’s progress on net zero.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne wrote in The Times about why Britain desperately needs a new deal for parents.

Sebastian Payne, Onward's Director, discusses the Post Office Scandal and the impact it has on Westminster.

Sebastian Payne, Onward’s Director, asserts that cutting income tax may convince more millennials to vote Conservative.

Onward's Director Sebastian Payne highlights the differences between the Rwanda Bill and Brexit in iNews.

Onward's Director Sebastian Payne discusses Labour's pledge to spend £28bn on “green” policies by 2030 in the i.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne writes in the i on the role universities have played in allowing antisemitism to rise.

Onward's Director Sebastian Payne discusses the rise of Farage and Reform UK's participation at the next election for iNews.

Future of Conservatism Director Gavin Rice explains why legal immigration is still rising post-Brexit in the Daily Telegraph.

Sebastian Payne, Director of Onward, discusses the Autumn Statement in iNews.

Adam Hawksbee, Onward's Deputy Director, discussing Labour's spending plan in City AM.

Adam Hawksbee, Onward Deputy Director, writes for Conservative Home on the need for Hunt to prioritise British manufacturing in the Autumn Statement. 

Sebastian Payne, Onward Director, writes for iNews on the prominence of Whatsapp in Westminster. 

 Sebastian Payne, Onward Director, writes for iNews on Suella Braverman's criticism of the Met in regards to policing protests.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for City A.M on Gove's and Marshall's new direction for capitalism that the Conservatives would do well to follow.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes on the secret weapon the Tories must utilise if they find themselves in opposition, mayors.

Director Sebastian Payne writes for iNews on the YouGov Hamas survey results and what they tell us about our society.

Director Sebastian Payne writes Britain will achieve a more cohesive society by embracing the pillars of family, community and nationhood, as our new report, The Case for Conservatism, reiterates.

Adam Hawksbee, Deputy Director, discusses the consequences for levelling up if HS2 is scrapped.

Jenevieve Treadwell, Senior Researcher, writes for the New Statesman on the national importance of coastal revival and the political gains supporting this may yield.

Jenevieve Treadwell, Senior Researcher, writes for PoliticsHome on the importance of reviving coastal economies, discussing our recent report Troubled Waters.

Director Sebastian Payne writes on Starmer's two recent policies that are likely to be rejected by the Middle England voters he needs the most.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes on Birmingham City Council's s114 notice.

Director Sebastian Payne discusses the benefits of rejoining Horizon as the UK steps closer to its Science Superpower ambitions.

Gavin Rice, Project Director for our Future of Conservatism project, wrote for The Critic making the case for national service.

Director Sebastian Payne discusses the electoral prospects of the Conservative Party as the economy begins to recover.

Deputy director Adam Hawksbee discusses the drawbacks of the pensions triple lock.

Deputy director, Adam Hawksbee, discusses our report The Social Mobility Penalty.

Director Sebastian Payne argues for higher salaries for senior civil servants, to retain their expertise.

Senior Researcher Callum Newton emphasises the need to build more homes across the UK if the Conservatives are to win the next election.

Head of Science and Technology, Allan Nixon, writes for Conservative Home regarding reforms needed in Whitehall to make the UK a science superpower.

Director Sebastian Payne writes for the i about Dominic Cummings and his approach to science and technology in government.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for City AM about regenerating Britain's towns and if the Conservatives can take advantage of accomplishing that.

Director Sebastian Payne writes for the i about why the Conservatives shouldn't backtrack on net zero policies.

Ned Hammond, Senior Researcher for the 'Getting to Zero' programme writes for Conservative Home about Onward's new 'Power to the People' report.

Head of Energy and Climate, Jack Richardson writes in the Times regarding our new report 'Power to the People'.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes an Op-Ed for City AM about growth in the economy.

Onward's Director Sebastian Payne writes in The Times about how the public's reliance on the state must be scaled back.

Shivani H Menon and Adam Hawksbee write about community-based approaches to tackle youth violence

Director of Onward Sebastian Payne writes for Conservative Home about family, childcare, and the role of government in those areas.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for City AM about his political ambitions, and others can feel stigmatised when wanting to stand as an MP.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes an Op-Ed in City AM about instilling more optimism into young voters about the environment.

Jack Richardson, Head of Energy and Climate at Onward writes for Manchester Evening News regarding the UK approach to building a new hydrogen industry.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for Conservative Home about youth mental health issues.

Onward Director Sebastian Payne writes an Op-Ed for Conservative Home about our 'Missing Millennials' report.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes his City AM column about a recent example in North Yorkshire about how to level up effectively.

Head of Energy & Climate Jack Richardson writes for Conservative Home about the government's proposed hydrogen levy.

Ted Christie-Miller writes for The Sunday Times about younger voters and their support for the Conservative Party.

Politics Home mentions Onward's work on 'Levelling Up Locally' in relation to the coronation of King Charles III.

Onward's new Head of Science and Tech writes in The Times about the UK's position in the global race for innovation.

Ted Christie-Miller writes an Op-Ed in the Times about Onward's recent report on climate change and migration.

Researcher Phoebe Bunt writes for Politics Home on tackling violence against women and girls in the UK, arguing that tougher legal sanctions need to be accompanied by tools that help victims to access justice, and give them reason to trust the system.

Sebastian Payne, Onward's Director, writing in the Times about the Future of Conservatism project.

The Spectator publishes a transcript of Michael Gove MP's speech at the launch of Onward's 'Future of Conservatism'.

Sebastian Payne writes for the Times on what Nicola Sturgeon's exit could mean for unionism.

Sebastian Payne writes for The Times on what Nicola Sturgeon's exit means for unionism and nationalism.

Shivani Menon, Onward's researcher, wrote an op-ed for LGO about our recent report 'Levelling Up Locally'.

Shivani Menon, Onward's researcher, wrote an op-ed for LGO about our recent report 'Levelling Up Locally'.

Sebastian Payne, Onward's Director, wrote an op-ed for The Times about tackling antisocial behaviour.

Sebastian Payne, Onward's Director, wrote an op-ed for The Times about tackling antisocial behaviour.

Media coverage for Green Jobs, Red Wall, including Adam Hawksbee and Saqib Bhatti's op-ed for Times Red Box and news reports from Politics Home, City AM and Energy Voice.

Adam Hawksbee and Saqib Bhatti write for Times Red Box on Onward's new report, Green Jobs Red Wall, on the opportunities for Levelling Up provided by driving investment in green industries.

Adam Hawksbee and Saqib Bhatti write for Times Red Box on Onward's new report Green Jobs, Red Wall, on the opportunities for Levelling Up that could be boosted by investment in green industries.

Matt Burnett, Head of Onward's Science Superpower research programme writes for CityAM on why the governmen't R&D policies are vital to economic revival.

Head of Onward's Science Superpower research programme writes for Politics Home, setting out why R&D funding must be protected from cuts.

Media coverage for 'After the fall: Where the Conservatives went wrong and how they can win again'.

Onward's Head of Future Politics James Blagden writes for the Times on the polling results from Onward's new report 'After the Fall', on their implications for the new Prime Minister and Conservative electoral prospects.

Adam Hawksbee writes for The Times on the role of England's mayors in building a skills pipeline.

Adam Hawksbee writes for The Times on the role of England's mayors in building a talent pipeline in Britain.

Will Tanner writes for The Times on where the Conservatives went wrong and how they can win back their 2019 majority.

Will Tanner writes for The Times on where the Conservatives went wrong and how they can win back their 2019 majority.

Will Tanner and Siobhan Baillie MP write for The Times Red Box on the importance of reforming childcare policy for a thriving economy.

Will Tanner writes for The Times Red Box on the importance of reforming childcare policy for a thriving economy.

Director Will Tanner outlines lessons for the Truss premiership from Thatcher's public finance policies.

Senior Researcher Alex Luke writes for Business Green on the need for household support to retrofit homes.

Author of Onward's recent report 'An Emergency Response to the Energy Crisis' Ed Birkett writes for The Times on the report's recommendations.

Onward's Head of Energy and Climate, Ed Birkett, for The Times, writes that "The new government will have to act decisively and take steps it previously thought unthinkable".

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for the FT on how Britain’s Conservatives will not be immune from discontented young people moving to the authoritarian right.

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for iNews on how family life has deteriorated and younger generations are suffering as a result.

Ed Birkett, Head of Climate and Environment at Onward Think Tank, writes about the damage of giving up on net zero for Conservatives in the next general election.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for the Independent on the importance of levelling up in the Conservative leadership contest.

Onward’s Chief Data Analyst and Head of our Future Politics Programme James Blagden wrote for Conservative Home about why all the polling evidence shows that the next Conservative leader must keep the UK’s net zero target.

Onward’s Chief Data Analyst and Head of our Future Politics Programme James Blagden wrote for Conservative Home about why all the polling evidence shows that the next Conservative leader must keep the UK’s net zero target.

Senior Researcher Maria Priestley wrote for Research Professional about how to turn the UK into a science superpower.

Senior Researcher Maria Priestley wrote for Research Professional about how to turn the UK into a science superpower.

Research Fellow Ted Christie-Miller wrote for Times Red Box on what the Conservative Party needs to do to reconnect with young people.

Research Fellow Ted Christie-Miller wrote for Times Red Box on what the Conservative Party needs to do to reconnect with young people.

Matt Burnett, Onward's Head of Science and Technology and lead author of new report 'Rocket Science', wrote an op-ed for City AM on the report's findings.

Matt Burnett, Onward's Head of Science and Technology and lead author of new report 'Rocket Science', wrote an op-ed for City AM about the report's findings.

The findings from our new report 'Rocket Science' on how the UK can become a science superpower were discussed by City AM.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for The Yorkshire Post on North Yorkshire and York's new £540 million devolution deal.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee wrote for Prospect on the Conservative Party’s challenge connecting with city-dwelling voters.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee wrote for Prospect on the Conservative Party’s challenge connecting with city-dwelling voters.

Director Will Tanner wrote for The Times Red Box on the need of the future Conservative Cabinet to focus on delivery, not press releases.

Adam Hawksbee writes for The House Magazine on the role of levelling up in the Conservative leadership contest.

Director Will Tanner wrote for Conservative Home on what the Conservatives’ post-2019 electoral coalition wants from the new Prime Minister.

In the wake of Boris Johnson's resignation, Director Will Tanner writes for iNews on the future of the Conservative Cabinet.

Ed Birkett and John Penrose MP jointly wrote for Times Business on how to address rising energy bills in the long term.

Director Will Tanner writes for iNews on the causes and implications of the Conservative Party’s double by-election defeats last week.

Director Will Tanner wrote an op-ed for ConservativeHome calling for more devolution to England’s cities and counties.

Director Will Tanner wrote an op-ed for ConservativeHome calling for more devolution to England’s cities and counties.

Director Will Tanner writes for the iPaper on the causes and implications of the Conservative Party’s double by-election defeats last week.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for CityAM on the causes and implications of the Conservative Party’s double by-election defeats last week.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for CityAM on the causes and implications of the Conservative Party’s double by-election defeats last week.

Deputy Director and Head of Levelling Up Adam Hawksbee writes for the Local Government Chronicle about Onward's new report 'Give Back Control' which makes the case for local Conservative mayors to be given greater capacity and accountability.

Deputy Director and author of Onward's recent report 'Give Back Control' Adam Hawksbee writes for the Times, urging Government to give greater capacity and authority to local Conservative mayors.

Media coverage summary for the Onward report 'Give Back Control'.

Media coverage summary for the Onward report 'Street Bids'.

Director Will Tanner wrote for the ipaper discussing strategies for the Prime Minister to regain control of the Conservative Party.

Director Will Tanner wrote for the ipaper discussing strategies for the Prime Minister to regain control of the Conservative Party.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee wrote for Conservative Home about the importance of Oldham in the government’s levelling up agenda.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee wrote for Conservative Home about the importance of Oldham in the government’s levelling up agenda.

Director Will Tanner wrote for the Prospect Magazine on what the Government's policies announced in the Queen's speech means for broader politics.

Director Will Tanner also wrote for The Times Red Box on how the infrastructure levy and neighbourhood share will be key to delivering on levelling up goals.

Director Will Tanner wrote for the ipaper on the implications of the local election results for the Conservatives, and what policies they should focus on to secure a general election majority in 2024.

Director Will Tanner wrote for CityAM on the outcome and aftermath of the local elections for the Conservative Party.

Senior Researcher Alex Luke wrote for the Business Green, discussing popular support for net zero policies, even after the Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked increases in energy prices.

Head of Future Politics James Blagden wrote for City AM on Red Wall Conservative voters’ support for net zero.

Director Will Tanner authored a letter for The Financial Times, setting out how apprenticeships serve as a great alternative to low-value degrees.

Head of Energy and Climate Ed Birkett responds to the Government's latest Energy Strategy

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for the Yorkshire Post, citing the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in South Yorkshire as a model for integrated apprenticeship delivery

Director Will Tanner wrote for Politics Home, discussing how the current apprenticeship system is failing to serve the group of learners that could benefit most from it.

Media coverage summary for the report 'Course Correction.'

Senior Researcher Francesca Fraser summarises our research report Course Correction, arguing that current gaps in the apprenticeship system undermine levelling up.

Senior Researcher Alex Luke writes for the Prospect on how renewables can reduce energy bills and help achieve net zero targets

Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell sets out the case for community land trusts and why councils should support them, citing research from our report 'The Good Life'

Director Will Tanner writes for the House Magazine on how the success of levelling up will depend on whether it can survive a change in political leadership

The London Influence reports on the growing Onward team and our new research programme in an exclusive interview with Director Will Tanner

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee makes the case for government support for local bus services on Conservative Home

Director Will Tanner comments on Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement, highlighting short and long-term implications of the various announcements

Jenevieve Treadwell writes for Inside Housing on why Community Land Trusts offer a solution to the housing crisis.

Coverage of Onward's research explaining why investing in renewables will lower energy bills.

Senior Researcher Luke Stanley writes for the Reaction on intergenerational family ties, citing research from our report 'The Good Life.'

Will Tanner writes for The Times Thunderer about why there should be 20,000 new special constables in crime hotspots.

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee shares the findings from focus groups we conducted in Oldham, Manchester.

Director Will Tanner writes for the ipaper on how crime will be a decisive factor in the next general election.

Adam Hawksbee writes for the Yorkshire Post on the effect of demographic trends on the Tory vote share.

James Blagden writes for Conservative Home discussing the findings from our report 'Another Brick in the Wall.'

Luke Stanley writes for CapX on the Levelling Up White Paper, volunteering and charitable giving.

Media coverage summary of the Levelling Up White Paper.

Adam Hawksbee wrote for Times Red Box about why levelling up the country must involve unlocking the potential of public land.

Will Tanner writes for Conservative Home about the five reasons that levelling up makes economic sense, not just political and moral sense.

Will Tanner wrote for iNews about why Sue Gray's report satisfies neither Boris Johnson's supporters or opponents.

Policy Fellow Ted Christie-Miller writes for City AM about why real action on climate change will come from big emitters and governments, not just consumer change.

Francesca Fraser writes for Times Red Box on the value of taking children away from their desks for short periods during the day.

Onward's new Policy Fellow, Ted Christie-Miller, writes for CityAM about the need for Conservatives to prioritise net zero commitments as the election approaches.

Will Tanner and Richard Holden MP write for Times Red Box about our recent report, Levelling Up Pensions.

Will Tanner on why the current honours system should be reformed, and the dividend Boris Johnson could receive by doing so.

Will Tanner, Onward's Director, writes for Prospect about the erosion of transparency in Scotland under devolution and the case for greater UK-wide statistical accountability.

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, shares his reaction to the North Shropshire by-election in Politico.

Will Tanner on why levelling up must unlock a culture of hometown philanthropy.

Incoming Deputy Director of Onward, Adam Hawksbee, writes for The Telegraph about the upcoming challenges for the Government's levelling up agenda.

Francesca Fraser writes for Conservative Home, discussing the return to routine Ofsted inspections for 'Outstanding' schools, and what we can learn from the Multi-Academy Trust model.

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, writes for City AM about our latest report, "Double Devo".

Director Will Tanner and Senior Researcher Luke Stanley write for The Local Government Chronicle on our new report 'Double Devo', which sets out how to level up communities through town and parish councils.

Onward Senior Researcher Luke Stanley writes for Times Red Box about our latest report, Double Devo.

Onward Researcher Alex Luke is quoted in Italian newspaper Il Foglio, providing his thoughts on the expectations surrounding the COP26 summit.

Alex Luke, Researcher on the Getting to Zero programme at Onward, wrote for Prospect Magazine about our new report into public attitudes towards tackling climate change and net zero.