There may be different reasons for wanting to engage with Parliament, policy-makers and officials but outreach needs to be planned. If you want to build bridges into Westminster then follow these practical tips.
There may some solid risk management reasons for engaging with Westminster, especially as various rulebooks face being ripped up post-Brexit. That is to say nothing of chequebooks, if they still exist, being put away and new budgets being allocated. There could be market opportunities to follow-up, funding streams to be bid for, or regulations to be seen off. Motivations for bridge building can vary.
As a general rule of thumb, the earlier engagement takes place the better. This is based on the assumption that the greater the level of knowledge that policy-makers have about you and your issues, the less likely they are to ignore you or impose policies without your knowledge or input.
This isn’t a fool-proof strategy on its own but it is better than allowing policy-makers to operate in a vacuum without any idea about what you do or what the impact of a policy might be.
But building a bridge can take time and there should ideally be a number of bridges between you and different parts of government. Why? Because government simply isn’t joined-up enough and don’t always know what other parts of government are up to. You have to make the connections.
So consider these 10 tips when building your bridges:
There will be a lot of change after Brexit and organisations need to be ready to take advantage or protect themselves. Now is the time to build bridges.