Who are my regulators?
Regulation covers many areas. It includes fire, environmental health, trading standards, licensing, planning and building control.
Benefits for businesses :
- save money (£££s)
- save time
- grow and prosper
- good reputation
- level playing field
It will save you time and money. It will make it quicker and easier to comply with the law. Complying with the law helps protect consumers and protect the reputation of your business. Skilled and experienced regulators have a wealth of knowledge that is available to you, often free of charge. Regulatory experts are also capable of providing valuable services to business at competitive rates.
What does the regulator want?
- business that complies with the law
- more accurate data / information
- time to focus on rogue traders
- to minimise risk to the public
- safe, happy consumers
Brett Holmes on partnership work with local regulators
Kent and Medway Growth Hub
December 2015 saw the launch of the Kent and Medway Growth Hub – a single point of contact for business, financial and regulatory support.
For further support and advice visit: http://kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk/
What do I need to do?
- talk to your local regulator
- seek advice on start-up / earliest stage possible
- feedback on your experiences – good and bad
- advise any barriers to innovation / business growth
- find the best, compliant solutions together
- establish/maintain a great reputation and flourish!
When do I need to do it?
Now! …plus at every stage of your business cycle:
- start ups: — early advice to get it right first time!
- surviving? — fresh ideas to help navigate issues and solve problems
- expanding? — your regulatory experts can talk through your ideas/options
- diversifying? — single point of contact to signpost you to the right service(s)
- booming? — share your experiences, promote your good practice!
Where do I find the right contacts?
- contact the Local Authority in which your business is located
- contact the service(s) that match your business type (eg food/entertainment/alcohol/H&S)
- fire and rescue is a good starting point as fire regulations apply to all businesses
Good practice – case studies:
Tell your story!
If you have a good example of how working with your regulator helped your business, please let us know. It may result in some good publicity for your business. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Regulators’ Code (what you can expect from your regulator)
Discover how local Food Safety regulators at Cornwall Council have supported this Michelin-starred chef with his many ventures in Cornwall, including a new pub in Rock, North Cornwall.
Pensions Regulator calling all businesses!
The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’. Whatever your business type, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties. Visit this link: www.tpr.gov.uk/employers.
Produced in Kent actively encourages all its members to build relationships with the various regulatory bodies, the correct advice can be crucial to businesses at all levels but it’s especially important for start-up.
In our recent post-General Election survey, ‘reduce regulatory burden’ came out top (53%) in a list of the top ten issues small businesses want the new Government to focus on in the next five years. The Better Business for All programme can help tackle duplication and improve relationship between businesses and regulatory inspectors.