Teignbridge Council hosts business conference
Companies from across the South West were brought together in a special business support briefing hosted by Teignbridge District Council and its partner authorities.
Teignbridge’s historic Old Forde House, in Newton Abbot, was the setting for the briefing where businesses could find out about how they can work more closely with local authorities in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to create a single source of consistent and authoritative regulatory advice.
Firms including Trago Mills, Mole Valley Farmers, Paramount 21 and Dainton Self Storage were invited by the Council to find out more about the Government’s Primary Authority scheme.
The briefing was hosted by Teignbridge in partnership with other Devon district councils, Devon County Council and Cornwall Council and focused on the Primary Authority scheme which is delivered by the Better Regulation Delivery Office.
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The scheme enables businesses to form a statutory partnership with a single local council. The aim is to help businesses that operate across two or more council boundary areas forge better relationships with their local councils and reduce the confusion created through different authorities offering different advice.
Partnerships can cover Environmental Health and Trading Standards legislation including food safety, health and safety as well as other matters. Under the scheme local authorities may recover costs in exchange for providing businesses with reliable regulatory advice.
The scheme enables primary authorities to develop positive relationships with businesses, sowing the seeds for a new way of regulating businesses that are committed to compliance. For businesses choosing to participate in the scheme, they are demonstrating a commitment to working in partnership with regulators.
The seminar was the only one of its kind held in Devon and was one of three in the West Country. Held in the Long Room at Old Forde House, local business representatives received a briefing from Graham Grey of the BRDO and were able to ask questions.
Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Environmental Services Cllr Kevin Lake said:
“The overarching aim of a Primary Authority agreement is to create a simpler more successful gateway to local regulation and build trust between councils and businesses.
“The agreement provides an effective means for councils to deliver support to businesses, increase the prosperity of communities and offer protection for consumers and traders who may face unfair competition.
“We were very pleased to be able to host the seminar. It gave all attendees the chance to learn more about the primary authority principle and how we may be able to make use of the agreement here in Teignbridge.
“Working closely with businesses and offering professional advice and support to help them achieve excellence is the way forward. It is good for the businesses but more importantly for consumers who can be confident that we are all working together to be the best we can be.”
The event provided some positive feedback with further talks taking place between Teignbridge and firms that are interested in exploring the scheme further.