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Better Business Regulation

Better Business Regulation

The Better Business Regulation (BBR) project aims to support businesses primarily by making business regulations easier to access and understand.

Regulatory services are those public sector organisations that carry out inspections, visits and investigations to check that businesses are compliant with the law. They also provide advice and guidance to businesses on how to achieve compliance. Click here for a full Regulations Checklist.

Better Business Regulation includes; Food Safety, Health & Safety, Environmental Protection, Waste, Licensing, Fire Safety, Trading Standards, Taxation, Employment Law, Business Continuity, Planning, Environmental Health and Trading Standards.

Need help with regulations affecting your business and not sure where to start? Call the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178.


Who is Involved in Better Business Regulation?

Better Business Regulation is a partnership between businesses, business support organisations and local regulatory services.

The organisations that make up the partnership includes:

Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency provides advice, research and enforcement of the food and drink industry.

Local Authorities

  • Local authorities also have an advisory, inspection and enforcement role within food and health and safety.

Case Study: Quick thinking and sharp communications saves the reputation of the humble banana

Case Study: Superior effort to comply with warehouse health and safety

Case Study: Food Safety Officers help local butcher sharpen his knowledge

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The Environment Agency (& WRAP)

Licensing

A number of business activities need a licence, from waste carriers to massage and special treatment premises, as well as aspects of business activity such as playing music or use of CCTV. It is possible to find out whether you need a licence for the activities of your business. Whilst some licences have online applications, you will be advised to contact the local authority in some instances.

Case Study: Trust, confidence and collaboration between regulator and manufacturer help innovation

Fire Safety

Fire Safety
Businesses are required to appoint a responsible person and to carry out regular fire risk assessments . The local fire and rescue authority provides advice for businesses on the level and appropriateness of fire protection measures as well as taking enforcement action to make sure firms meet their statutory and legal responsibilities.

More details are available at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service or Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Download case study

Trading Standards

Trading Standards aim to improve life for local people by supporting business, helping consumers and tackling unfair and unsafe trading practices. A list on the relevant Trading Standards websites is presented below:

Examples of how trading standards have supported businesses

Case Study: Improved communications and simple solutions reduce complaints for construction company
Case Study: Unsafe Imported Telescopic Ladders

Taxation

H M Revenue and Customs have both a supportive, education and enforcing role in a wide range of tax related issues for employers and businesses as well as individuals.

Employment

ACAS provide advice, training and mediation in employment law matters as well as publications and standard documents.

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commissioncarry out reviews, provide advice and guidance to license holders to ensure compliance with the Gambling Act 2005, regulations (statutory instruments) made under the Gambling Act 2005, the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) and any technical standards that apply to operating licences.

Business Continuity

For an individual business, a Business Continuity Plan is an essential part of any organisation’s response planning setting out how the business will operate following an incident and how it expects to return to ‘business as usual’ in the quickest possible time.

Business Continuity
Local councils have an emergency plan covering major incidents like flooding, flu pandemics and transport accidents.

Trade associations support, advise and promote companies within their industry and it is possible to search the Trade Association Forumwebsite for relevant trade associations.

There are a number of other business associations that offer support and information.


Making Compliance Easy

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Getting it right first time will help your business become successful and grow, protect your customers and your business reputation and enhance Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s reputation as good places to do business. A positive relationship between businesses and the services that regulate them is critical if we are going to succeed in reducing both the real and perceived regulatory burdens faced by business. The Better Business Regulatory Partnership meets quarterly to coordinate the work and approach of the services across the D2N2 LEP area.

  • Regulatory services have started to share data which will avoid businesses having to duplicate the information required.
  • Regulatory officers have undergone training including spending time in a business to gain an appreciation of what it is like to run a business and the pressures faced by small businesses.
  • Pilots have been trialled with certain sectors reducing the numbers of visits by regulators.
  • Piloting free health and safety reviews for businesses.
  • Remember that your local regulators are well placed to give advice and guidance. Use them! A list of organisations involved in Better Business Regulation is displayed at the top of this page. Alternatively, call 0333 006 9178 for advice and support.

Primary Authority

Primary Authority is a statutory scheme established by the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (the RES Act). It allows an eligible business to form a legally recognised partnership with a single local authority in relation to regulatory compliance. This local authority is then known as its “primary authority”.

A business that chooses to participate in the Primary Authority is demonstrating a commitment to working in partnership with regulators, and a desire to improve its experience of local regulation. The scheme enables primary authorities to develop positive relationships with such businesses, pathing ways for supporting businesses that are committed to compliance.


Competition and Markets Authority

The Competition and Markets Authority is the government organisation which has responsibility for promoting competition in the UK.

Sometimes they take businesses to task for breaking competition law, but another very important part of their role is to help businesses understand what anti-competitive behaviours are so that they can:

  • Spot anti-competitive practices amongst other businesses, such as suppliers colluding to drive up prices, or competitors price-fixing or market-sharing in order to gain an unfair advantage
  • Report anti-competitive practices to the CMA
  • Stay on the right side of the law themselves

Further guidance and advice on competing fairly in business can be found by clicking here.


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Better Business Regulation Resources

  • Regulation Checklist The Regulation Checklist is a valuable tool to help businesses navigate the range of regulations and helps to ensure you are on the right track to understanding the various rules of the regulations.

D2N2 Response to the Cutting Red Tape Review on Local Authority Enforced Regulation

  • Business Regulation Made Simple provides essential information on the regulatory areas that apply to all businesses at launch: fair trading, fire safety, health and safety, tax, waste, food safety and licensing.

  • Blowing the Whistle - a list of prescribed persons and bodies If you decide to blow the whistle to a prescribed person rather than your employer, this list provides details of the prescribed persons and bodies who you can make a disclosure to and the matters you can report to each.

  • The Regulatory Delivery website on GOV.UK presents resources previously provided by the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office. Stakeholders can now access the following content through the home page:

  • Local regulation: practice and strategy

  • Local regulation: Primary Authority

  • Local and national regulation: practice and context

  • National regulation: Weights and Measures

  • National regulation: gas and electricity meters

  • National regulation: enforcement services

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