Better Business For All (BBfA) Regulation Services
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.
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Aims of BBfA
Reducing the impact of red tape on business is a priority for Councils in the West of England. That’s why Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils have set up a new project between local regulators, the West of England Growth Hub, and business representatives called 'Better Business for All'.
We want to save businesses time and money, and make it quicker and easier to comply with the law. Local regulation takes many forms. It includes trading standards, environmental health, animal health, licensing, planning and fire and community safety.
Advice from local regulators
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:
- 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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