Providing easier business services wins award for partnership

image004A county-wide scheme supporting business growth has won two national awards.

Blaby District Council is part of the The Leicester and Leicestershire Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership, involving LLEP Business Gateway, the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, regulatory services, the fire service and councils across the county.

The partnership was set up to help businesses cut through red tape and provide advice to grow, along with information on grants available. It has also raised standards, benefitting consumers and the public.

At the National Better Business for All Awards, the Leicestershire partnership picked up two honours, including the Judges’ Award for Leading the Way.

The Judges’ Award recognises the partnership’s work as it was the first of its kind in the country and led the way for others to follow.

The partnership has proved to be a pioneer, with at least 17 other areas of the country have adopting their own BBfA since initial setup.

A Special Contribution Award was also given to the chair of the partnership’s steering group.

Jon Wells, Group Manager for Regulatory Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“Being a part of this group has given us the opportunity to draw on the expertise of our partners, making not only the way we work more efficient but reducing demand on businesses within our district.

“The pack we have produced has made setting up a business easier, removing the regulatory burden. This, along with the training of officers, will ensure that the small and medium enterprises in our area will be able to flourish.

“I’m proud for our council to be involved with such a successful partnership.”

Alan Twells, Head of Regulatory Services at Charnwood Borough Council and chair of the Regulatory Services Partnership, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive national recognition for the partnership’s work.

“Regulatory Services are often seen as enforcers of the law, but that is only one part of the job. We have a lot of contact with businesses and in recent years we have started to use that contact very effectively to help them as well.”

Judges praised the Leicester and Leicestershire partnership for being instrumental to the success of other schemes.

They also said it had used innovation in developing awareness training and shown the significant impact the programme has had on businesses.

Examples of assistance from the partnership include the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, where partners have actively helped those who want to raise their standards and overall rating.

For more information on setting up a business or assistance with regulatory matters, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/business.

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