The story so far

Founded 1999: We were established in 1999, in a side street between Brixton, Clapham and Streatham – Thorncliffe Road.

Richard Patient, Founder and Managing Director, recognised the need to help developers build beautiful homes, help local communities engage with housebuilders and commercial developers in a meaningful manner, and help local councillors get more of what they want for the local community.

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2001 Brent Cross Cricklewood: One of our earliest projects was the £4.5bn scheme that includes the transformation of Brent Cross shopping centre, public transport infrastructure and 7,500 new homes. The scheme is expected to support up to 27,000 full time jobs and have a huge economic boost for the area.

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2005 Pan Peninsula: The radical change in terms of residential accommodation on the Isle of Dogs started in the mid 2000s with the arrival of Pan Peninsula. East London is a magnet for homes and jobs, and our skills in boroughs such as Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Islington, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets has been a massive boost to local people.

2008 UK wide coverage: We’ve been working across the UK now for over 12 years, and in that time, we’ve covered schemes ranging from Forres – on the tip of Scotland, to Denzell Downs – near Newquay. Our bread and butter business is in London and the Home Counties.

2010 Your Shout brand emerges: We’ve been campaigning and consulting local communities for many years – for instance, winning campaigns on the Aylesbury and Heygate in Southwark, West Hendon and Stonegrove in Barnet, and South Kilburn in Brent.

Your Shout was added as a brand to work for local councils, RPs and conduct community consultation on behalf of private sector developers.

Your Shout delivered our highest ever consultation participation rate. But that was just the beginning. They continue to create innovative and effective methods of engaging residents in the two-way process” 

2012 Albert Embankment starts in earnest: Back in 2008, we helped gain consent for the first major scheme on the embankment – then called Hampton House (and now called The Corniche). We’ve since helped out on most of the major schemes along that way, all the way from Lambeth Bridge to the towers that abut the Wandsworth boundary.

2014 Centrepoint: One of the most recognised towers in central London, we helped secure consent to transform this office block to luxury apartments next to the massive new Tottenham Court Road station.

2015 London and Home Counties Planning committee digest launches. This is the most eagerly anticipated digest for anyone in the industry. Sign up here.

2018 Investors in People Gold: We’ve been accredited with Investors in People for many years – since 2005. So it was to the great credit of colleagues and managers that we achieved the Gold standard award.

2019 communtyUK: Our communityUK platform started prior to covid, and is the best in kind – replicating the public exhibition. It’s a game-changer, say our clients.

Used by planning services and regeneration sectors to hold major public meetings and consultation exercises, for large schemes to major policy consultations, the platform can cope with any numbers – from 500 people to a handful of residents.

The benefits of the system – and our three principles – include:

  • It is more accessible than other ways of consulting people.
  • Most often, it gains more participation than other consultation methods.
  • It is at least as interactive as other consultation methods.

2020: Code of Conduct approved by government. ORCL is the semi-autonomous government body that “regulates” the public affairs industry. We were one of only a handful of companies that had their code approved by ORCL – the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists. That’s because we adhere to a externally-enforced code of conduct.

2021: Yes to Homes achieves 20,000 letters of support. Yes to Homes helps you support planning applications to get more homes built.

In 2022, work for solar ramps up.

In 2023, we are a confident company looking to the future.