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Better Business For All (BBfA)

Regulation Services

What is Better Business for All (BBfA)?

What is Better Business for All (BBfA)?

Better Business for All is an action-focused partnership involving local regulators, economic and business development services and networks, with business representatives from the West of England working collaboratively to create a supportive and sustainable regulatory environment whilst ensuring public protection.

The aim of the West of England BBfA is to support economic growth by making it easier to do business in the region. We will do this by supporting compliance and removing regulatory barriers.

Your local regulators can help save you time and money, improve your competitiveness and help you grow your business.



























































BBfA — get advice!




Businesses — find links to the right type of regulatory service support to get assured advice and find useful information on each type of regulatory service and a general downloadable guide for business.

Area Served: Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Glos
Founded: 2015

BBfA is also about encouraging more businesses to seek advice from local regulators by highlighting the benefits of regulation to business, without fear of enforcement activity. And it’s about ensuring that regulatory staff better understand how businesses operate and the pressures you face.

BBfA is part of a national government initiative to reduce the regulatory burden on business. It is endorsed by Regulatory Delivery, which is part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

BBfA is not a short term project but a better way of working, which is mutually beneficial in times of austerity and beyond. The Partnership is passionate about making a culture change between businesses and regulators, which encourages the building of trust to establish good working relationships.

What does it mean to my Business?

  • BBfA is business-focused, using business-led improvements to create better regulation, support business growth and create a level playing field for businesses
  • A positive relationship between business and regulators is crucial to reducing both the perceived and real regulatory burden on business.
  • Listening to businesses’ needs and acting on it in an open and transparent way to help shape the way support is provided by local regulators
  • Making sure you comply with the law will help your business be successful while protecting your customers and your reputation.
  • We want to create an environment where businesses feel confident to seek advice from local regulators without fear of attracting enforcement activity.
  • Regulators are a source of free, impartial and up-to-date support and advice for businesses.
  • We recognise that compliant businesses can be at a disadvantage if a more formal enforcement approach is not taken with non-compliant businesses. It is important that regulators are consistent and continue to take enforcement action when necessary in a fair and transparent way. This ensures both a level playing field for businesses as well as public protection

You can find all of your regulatory information on:

  • Licensing
  • Health and Safety
  • Trading Standards
  • Business Rates
  • Planning and Building
  • Food Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fire and Safety
  • Business and Commercial Waste

 

 

 

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Licensing advice

Licensing advice Before you can start operating certain types of businesses you must obtain a licence. Your local authority’s licensing team can signpost you to the licences that are relevant to you...

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Health And Safety

Health and safety management can seem daunting but should be a straightforward part of managing your business as a whole. It involves practical steps that protect people from harm and at the same time...

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Trading Standards

Your local trading standards team assist businesses seeking information about their legislative duties and promote compliance with trade regulations on a wide range of matters. These include: • What ...

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Business Rates

If you are a business owner occupying a non-domestic property, you will be expected to contribute to local services. Business rates are charged on properties such as: • shops • offices • pubs • wareho...

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Planning and building control

If you are planning to carry out any building work on your business premises you will need to check and see if you need planning permission. Your local council’s website will have a lot of informati...

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Food Safety

Whether you're a café or restaurant owner, farmer or butcher, as a food business operator you are required by law to ensure that your business is producing and selling safe goods. Your local food s...

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Environmental protection

Businesses have a duty of care to ensure that they do not cause short or long term damage to our environment. Many business activities are carefully regulated to ensure this doesn't happen. Furthermor...

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Fire and safety

Avon Fire & Rescue service provide emergency and protection services to the communities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. While firefighting has trad...

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Business and commercial waste

Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste. You will need to contract your lo...

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