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Management and business skills

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business calculatorIf you would like to learn more about management and business skills at the RTPI, continue your CPD or would like to get involved, please see these links.



Starting your own private practice

New advice on starting your own private practice and top tips from our Independent Consultants Network. Highlights the support the RTPI provides for our private sector members.

Nick Wright, independent planning consultant

Discusses his experiences and top tips for setting up as an independent planning consultant, highlighting the importance of networking and being 'forever curious'.

Supporting local authority planners

Waheed Nazir from Birmingham City Council discusses the importance of positive culture change and the way the authority is supporting graduate planners.

Helping employers to grow their own planners

A blog outlining the value of the RTPI-CIC apprenticeship in town planning in tackling the planning skills shortage.

Independent Consultants Network

Our free to join network for independent consultants to discuss issues and share resources for planners working as or starting up as independent consultants.

Online directory of planning consultants

All of the 450 consultants and consultancies listed employ members of the RTPI. Firms can request entry into the directory.

Maximising staff career and professional development opportunities in the public sector

Looks at how local authorities have taken a positive attitude to the loss of staff to ensure professional development opportunities are not compromised.

Career development

A series of articles from The Planner on aspects of career development for planners. Covers everything from using twitter to time management.

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Highlights exceptional examples of planning and celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society. We have awards for Small Planning Consultancy, Planning Consultancy and Local Authority Planning Team of the Year.

Creating better places - skills and experiences

Interview series where leading planning professionals discuss their professional experience and highlight the skills and characteristiscs they have needed to progress in their career and deliver successful planning.

Robin Hambledon talks about place-based leadership

Listen to a podcast of Robin Hambledon discussing place-based leadership with Joe Kilroy at the RTPI Governance Symposium.

Who leads planning?

Kevin Murray and Vincent Goodstat reflect on who leads planning and how planners can respond to the challenges faced by societies.

Value in action - Councils getting value from the Planning Quality Framework

Martin Hutchings introduces the Planning Advisory Service's Planning Quality Framework (PQF), and explains how it is helping local authorities to evaluate and improve their performance.

Join the RTPI

Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Our members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. You will also access a huge range of member benefits from access to special interest networks to discounts on events, talks and at high street retailers.

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