The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey.
Join us as our Director of Policy
As the British Chambers of Commerce is recruiting for a Director of Policy, outgoing Director Mike Spicer reflects on his time after almost 10 years at BCC and gives insight to what potential candidates can expect from the highly regarded role.
Tell us about your role at the BCC?
I develop BCC’s public policy priorities. I present these to government and campaign for their adoption. Public policy has a huge impact on business. It determines the regulations they face and the taxes they pay. From education to infrastructure, climate change and international trade: the choices that governments make affect those that businesses make.
My team researches what businesses need from public policy. We run the UK’s largest private poll of business sentiment on the economy, the Quarterly Economic Survey. We spend a lot of time on the road, visiting Chambers across the UK and talking to business leaders. And then we meet with government officials, Ministers and other politicians to make the case for our priorities. We also work with other business and civic groups on campaigns for change.
What’s been your highlight of working at the BCC?
There have been so many! But visiting our sister organisation, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Delhi was one of the most enjoyable. The chance to learn from my opposite numbers there, talk to local entrepreneurs and politicians opened my eyes to the global impact that Chambers have.
What’s been your most challenging moment?
Putting together BCC’s Brexit information hub was, and is, a big challenge. But it’s also very rewarding when members tell us how they used our publications to plan ahead. My team and I need to understand the many policy changes happening across all areas of business life. This demands regular contact with officials, tapping into the expertise across our network and constantly asking questions.
What have you enjoyed the most about working here?
Making a difference. The nature of my work is that businesses across the country share our success. Members will come up to me at events and tell me how they are going to expand because of changes we campaigned for. This is when the value of what we do at BCC hits home.
I also get to indulge my passion for places and understand what makes them tick. At BCC you learn to see the UK’s towns, cities and counties through the eyes of the firms that call them home. You will make new friends and connections in every part of the country.
What surprised you most about working here?
The quantity of free chocolate, fruit and snacks!
Describe your team in three words.
Dedicated. Knowledgeable. Brainy!
Sound like you and interested in applying?
Find out more here.