Policy Advisor - Local Government and Regional Economic Development

City of Westminster
12 Jan 2018
13 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

FSB is seeking an experienced policy advisor to research, develop & communicate policy in relation to local economic growth and regional economic development.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced policy advisor to become part of a high-profile and respected team whose mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

With regional economic growth now a cornerstone of the Industrial Strategy as well as the future of regional economic growth funding post Brexit- at an exciting stage of design this role offers an excellent opportunity to lead and develop the policy work of FSB in a crucial area, advising members on policy developments and ensuring that the interests of FSB’s members are represented to the UK Government and other relevant stakeholders at the highest levels.

Following on from recently published FSB research on EU funding, we are now lobbying central Government on the design of the replacement to the EU funding - the UK shared prosperity fund - working closely with our offices in Scotland, NI and Wales.

A key aspect of this role will be continuing our high profile and successful work on lobbying for a reform of the business rates system. Recent high profile wins have included:

- A discretionary fund for those businesses most severely adversely affected by the recent revaluation

- The removal of the rural rates anomaly

- The ending of the unfair 'staircase’ tax

Future work will include ensuring legislation is delivered to remove the staircase tax, and that the discretionary funding is indeed distributed in line with stated policy objectives. This work will involve close working with media, journalists and parliamentarians.

A critical aspect to the role will be both:

- Picking up on member insight and concern re: the practical application of the business rates system

- Cross business group research on the business rates system

The role

  • Act as lead point of contact for all policy work relating to small business issues in the Department for Communities and Local Government; as well as other departments on matters relating to the local growth brief (HM Treasury, BEIS, Cabinet Office etc.)
  • Maintain a keen awareness of political and legislative developments in the UK (and EU where appropriate), identify their impact on small businesses, and be proactive in responding to these developments as appropriate working with Public Affairs/EU and Media teams.
  • Through an in-depth awareness of the policy environment, identify the key policy issues potentially facing FSB and carry out rigorous research and analysis of the policy options related to the brief.
  • Using your in-depth research skills and understanding of policy, develop and promote FSB’s policy position both to members and to external stakeholders through a variety of channels.
  • Provide support, information and make recommendations to FSB’s internal Local Government Portfolio Holder and member-led Task and Finish projects, as well as to the Policy Director and Head of Policy regarding relevant policy issues and campaigns.
  • Support the Westminster Office’s aims and objectives to plan how your policy/campaign work can be promoted through all available channels.
  • Work closely with FSB regional field staff and regional activists in the UK to assist them to develop local policy positions and campaigns on relevant issues and communicate policy to local members.
  • Regularly represent FSB at events and roundtables on relevant policy issues.
  • Undertake other duties relevant to the department’s activities as directed by your line manager.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Skills -Analytical skills in relation to government consultation and research work. Statistical and numerical ability in relation to survey work. Excellent communication and writing skills in the production of reports, briefings and publications. Experience of designing survey questionnaires and or conducting empirical research is desirable.

Experience- Proven policy and research experience gained from employment in UK/local Government, a related agency (such as the LGA or LEP Network) or another relevant organisation (e.g. think-tank, trade association).

Qualifications- Educated to Degree level (class 2:1 or above) in a related subject

All applicants must be able to provide at interview stage their highest education certificates as listed on their CV and verification of their eligibility to work in the UK.

The policy of FSB is that all job applicants and employees shall be given equal opportunities in all the areas of employment. This means that job applicants and employees will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs or disability. Neither will they be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be relevant to the job.

Applicants are advised to apply early, we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email.