What we do

Our public affairs experts craft domestic and international strategies to create political momentum.

Our Approach

If you want to change the law, government policy or foreign relations, you need your message to be heard by the people who count.

Our extensive public affairs experience helps you implement the most effective strategy to achieve your goals, whether in Westminster, Edinburgh, Stormont, Brussels or Strasbourg. 

89up has lobbied for charities and non-profits in the UK Parliament, at the European Parliament and Commission, at the Council of Europe and at the OSCE. Our ability to leverage the influence of key decision-makers gives your organisation the chance to be heard at the highest levels of government.

We help you to develop a strategy, support your policy development, communicate your cause, and think both long-term and tactically. Our strategies ensure your work is nonpartisan and compliant with restrictions on political activities by charities.

Our team helps you to consider effective tactics such as strategic litigation, complaints to regulators, or freedom of information requests.
89up’s Legal Counsel will ensure your campaign is legally compliant and takes full advantage of relevant existing local, national and international laws.
Our strong ethical code means we only lobby for causes we truly believe in.
 

Case study: Belarus, Zone of Silence

89up’s CEO Mike Harris developed the Zone of Silence campaign to secure political asylum for some of the dissident theatre group, Belarus Free Theatre, release political prisoners, and pressurise the Western backers of ‘Europe’s last dictator”, Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko.

We engaged major international celebrities to voice their outrage at the London firms working for Lukashenko, including a protest with Hollywood actors turning up to protest outside the offices of Grayling PR. Using the media attention around this action we leveraged support from UK government ministers.

The campaign also put pressure on the financial backers of the Belarusian regime, in particular Western banks who were selling Belarusian government bonds.

We took victims of Belarusian state torture to Edinburgh to meet with RBS bank officials. After their harrowing testimony the bank pulled out of any future deals with Belarus.


Further pressure led to the last remaining three banks (Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Sberbank) to withdraw from Belarus.

As a result of that pressure, opposition leader and political prisoner Andrei Sannikov was released from jail in April 2012.

 

 

Public Affairs Team

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Mike Harris
CEO

Mike is the founder and CEO of 89up, Europe's first and biggest impact agency for civil society and non-profits and the co-founder of 90up, a creative and influencer agency. He is also the publisher and owner of Little Atoms, an award-winning magazine distributed globally and a podcast and online magazine enjoyed by a global audience of millions.

Mike has excellent political and media connections, with a strong knowledge of the workings of government and international bodies. His campaign experience delivering cross-party support for a new parliamentary bill; international human rights advocacy work engaging Hollywood celebrities that forced 3 banks to stop selling government bonds to support a dictatorship, leading the press and strategy for an Oscar-winning film, the exposure of lobbyists work for corrupt regimes and supporting the launch of multiple grassroots political movements.

Mike Harris
CEO
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sashy@89up.org

Sashy Nathan
Director of Advocacy

Sashy is General Counsel and directs our advocacy unit 89up Thinks, which produces insights on political and legal problems. Recent reports include press regulation, Brexit and EU rights and the compliance of international football governance with human rights. Sashy is also the co-founder of Commons, the not-for-profit law firm, having previously practised at Bindmans LLP, specialising in criminal cases with an international and human rights element.

Sashy Nathan
Director of Advocacy
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