Online Training Course on Cutting Local Red Tape

Learn about the role local government governments can play in creating a business environment that is more conducive to small business development, innovation and economic growth.

Cutting Red Tape

Learn about the role local government governments can play in creating a business environment that is more conducive to small business development, innovation and economic growth. Develop tools and techniques for assessing the local business environment and reducing red tape, while enhancing the quality of local laws and regulations.

Two-week course: coming soon. 

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About this course

This course has been designed to give policymakers and development practitioners a sound introduction to the role of the business environment in promoting business growth, innovation and job creation. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the business environment and its influence on the decisions made by businesspeople and how governments can improve the business environment to achieved desired economic and social development outcomes.

Course objectives

The Cutting Local Red Tape course has been designed to:

  1. Introduce the key concepts related to business environments and business development and job creation;
  2. Provide a framework for assessing local business environments, prioritising reform needs and structuring a reform program; and
  3. Explain the concept of regulatory quality and best practice and its effects local investment and government efficiency.

What you will learn

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the contribution local business environments make to local economic development, innovation and job creation;
  • Know the main tools and processes required to assess local business environment;
  • Describe the elements of regulatory best practice and how governments can improve regulatory quality and effectiveness;
  • Understand how to improve the flow and stock of local regulation.

Target audience

The Introduction to Business Environment Reform course is directed at anyone with an interest in economic development, business growth, innovation and job creation. As an entry level course, the material presented will be of interest to a wide range of policymakers and development practitioners. This includes people who are government officials working at national, state or local levels, staff members of business representative organisations, such as a chamber of commerce or employers organisation, staff of a development program or institution, or involved in a civil society organisation, such as town team, placemaking association, business incubation or innovation centre.

Course: Cutting Local Red Tape
Dates: Coming soon
Length: Two weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours per week
Course type: Instructor-led on a course schedule
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Certificate: Certificate of completion


The course will be delivered in English. So, participants will have to be competent with verbal and written English.

While there are no formal requirements to be met before enrolling, the course will build upon an earlier PublicusSKILLS training course entitled Introduction to Business Environment Reform. While the completion of this course is not a form prerequisite, participants will be expected to be familiar with the theory and practice of business environment reform in general.

There will be recorded presentations, readings and online chats around specific course themes and topics. While this will be delivered in a friendly and informal manner, participants that invest the time and effort will get the most out of the course.

It is expected that about three to four hours per week will be required from all participants. This includes the time required to view presentations, read the essential reading material for each module (secondary reading material will require a little more time), and participate in group chats or webinars.

Your teacher

Dr Simon White has over 30 years’ experience as an independent policy advisor who helps national, regional and city governments, business organisations and development agencies formulate and implement strategies for economic growth, business development and job creation. He has provided these services in over 40 countries across Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as parts of Europe.

Simon has substantial experience in the design and management of local economic development policies and programs and has been at the forefront of business environment reform programming since his early assignments on this topic in the mid-1990s. He has published extensively on this local economic development and business environment and has taught and written curricula on private sector and development, local economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and business environment reform in graduate and undergraduate programs for universities, as well as for the International Training Centre (Turin, Italy) and for a wide range of international development organisations.

Since 2002, Simon has supported the Business Environment Working Group of the international Donor Committee for Enterprise Development providing technical advice and support on various knowledge management projects that improve the practices of these agencies in their support of business environment reforms. He has also undertaken a variety of curriculum design, training, and research assignments on private sector development, local economic development and business environment reform.

Go here for more information on Simon.

Course format

The course consists of the following components:

  1. Weekly recorded lectures. You will have access to recorded lectures, which introduce the course material in an interesting, accessible way.
  2. Forum discussions. You can ask (and answer) any questions you want in the forum and get answers from other participants and the course facilitator.
  3. Live seminars. Two live seminars will be conducted (Week 2 and Week 4). These will last around 60-90 minutes each. These seminars provide a good opportunity to share your experiences and learn from other participants and facilitators.
  4. Assessments. Each module involves an assessment that is designed to help you review the key information and to help us to assess how well we have performed in presenting.

You will receive a certificate at the end of the course.


Can I do this course if I have a slow internet connection?

Participants from all over the world can take this course. While you will need internet access, it does not need to be a high-speed network. If you have previously used skype, WhatsApp calls, or webinar software, you should be fine.

Can I do this course if I am on a field trip?

Course timings are very flexible, and if you are on a field trip for a week you can always catch up afterwards. However, if you are going to be away for most of the course, you might struggle to stay on top of the workload.

Do you cater for all time zones?

We ask for your time zone in the registration form, to ensure that we can cater to everyone’s needs. We coordinate the live seminars across several times, to ensure that all participants can join. While sometimes you might not be able to join all our presentations live, they are all recorded so you could listen later.

More information

Do you have more questions? Contact us here.

Course structure: modules and study areas

There are four modules to this course. These present major training themes. They are the building blocks to the course. Within each module are a number of study areas. These are more focused lessons that contribute to the overall module.

Syllabus: Cutting Local Red Tape

Welcome to the Course Course Introduction and Orientation
Module 1 Local Business Enabling Environments for Small Business Development
Study Area 1.1 Local Economic Development and the Business Environment
Study Area 1.2 How Regulations Affect Business Growth and Job Creation
Module 2 Red Tape and Regulatory Reform
Study Area 2.1 Regulatory Quality and Best Practice
Study Area 2.2 Identifying and Assessing Red Tape Constraints
Study Area 2.3 Red Tape and Regulatory Reform