In his own words: BRDO's Chief Executive, Graham Russell
Getting better all the time
Royal Assent for the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill has opened the prospect of many thousands of small businesses being able to benefit from the clarity and consistency offered by Primary Authority.
And the announcement by Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, that the Government plans to extend the scheme is further endorsement of how it has become established at the heart of changing the regulatory system for the better.
Following consultation with business and regulators, the Government will legislate to extend Primary Authority to:
- the age-restricted sale of gambling;
- the Housing Health and Safety Rating System;
- sunbed tanning;
- and Welsh regulations on single use carrier bag charging.
Primary Authority puts the needs of business at the heart of local enforcement, and BRDO has set itself the target of gathering 1,000 real life stories to illustrate in quantifiable terms how better regulation has driven growth. Primary Authority is likely to figure strongly.
Indeed, at the time of writing, our Representative Steering Group has just approved the winners of the new Primary Authority Awards, a process that has highlighted a lot of very good practice and positive benefits from the scheme
There are already 743 businesses in Primary Authority partnerships, and the 71 entries for the awards have come from across the spectrum.
They showed the power of partnership working between local authority regulators and their businesses to encourage growth enhance public protection.
The regulatory system is getting better all the time and it is regulators who are taking the lead in shaping it.