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Better Regulation Essentials 17th January 2019

  • Your trainer
  • Tony Cash

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Aims & objectives

Good regulation can protect consumers, society, the economy and the environment, but regulation can also have unintended consequences including unnecessary burdens on those regulated. This day is designed to help people understand what is meant by “better regulation” and the implications for the work of those designing policy and that of regulators. The day also provides useful insights on regulation in the context of the challenges of Brexit.

The course will be useful for those from independent regulators, civil servants, local government officials as well as anyone from the private and voluntary sectors who is involved in influencing government policy on regulatory issues.

Benefits of attending the course

  • Understand what is meant by “better regulation” and how they can contribute towards achieving it
  • Know why the UK Government aims to reduce regulatory burdens and how this can be achieved
  • Explore how regulation can be made more effective in terms of achieving its goals
  • Understand approaches that complement regulation and even replace it
  • Explore some of the regulatory challenges of Brexit


Tony Cash

Training Consultant

Tony is an expert on management, policy, regulation and strategy issues and has used this expertise working as a training consultant since he left the UK Civil Service in 2010. His government leadership roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit (a combined Department for International Development / Department for Business team) and Deputy Director of the internal training team at the Department for Business.

Since Tony became a freelance training consultant he has trained people in policy making best practice and better regulation across the UK and overseas (including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Guernsey, Ireland, Kenya, Malta and South Africa). His in-depth training has enabled many organisations to improve their policies and strategies. Tony also facilitates training on leadership and management e.g. he delivers training on coaching skills for managers in the UK and has provided it for people in Dubai. Other subjects that Tony covers include confidence and impact, economics, feedback skills, handling difficult people, speechwriting, strategic management, time management and unlocking potential. Tony has a Masters degree in organisation development and holds qualifications in coaching (Certificate in Executive Coaching), training (CIPD Certificate in Training Practice), project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


09.00 Coffee and Registration

09.30 Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day

09.45 Definition and Scope of Regulation

  • Rationales for regulation
  • The different types of regulation
  • What is “better regulation”?
  • How regulation might help or hinder growth
  • Examples of regulatory failure

11.00 Coffee Break

11:15 Minimising Burdens on Business

  • Options for keeping burdens on business (and other regulated entities) low, whilst still achieving regulatory objectives

12:15 Tools and Techniques for Reducing Compliance Burdens

  • Understanding how to base regulatory activities on risk
  • Approaches used in UK and elsewhere to monitor and reduce compliance burdens

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Achieving High Regulatory Standards

  • Ensuring that regulation protects those it is supposed to
  • Targeting regulation at the right stage
  • Principles versus rules-based approaches
  • Insights on effective enforcement

15:00 Coffee Break

    15:15 Alternatives to Command and Control

    • Discussion of alternative ways of achieving policy objectives

    16:00 Case Study: the Regulatory Challenges of Brexit

    • The key regulatory challenges raised by Brexit

    16:30 Review of the Day

    • Key insights about better regulation
    • Sources of further help

    16:45 Close of Day


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Central London