Primary Authority

Primary Authority Partnership - Legally assured advice

Does your business trade online, across multiple local authority areas or only within one local authority boundary? If so, the legally assured advice you receive from Bath and North East Somerset Council has to be taken into account by other regulators and Local Authorities, and cannot be challenged without significant reason. This helps to cut down on red tape, reducing inspection times and reducing cost and confusion caused by conflicting advice.

A Primary Authority partnership is an agreement whereby the Council can assure your regulatory practices and procedures along with providing other essential advice and guidance. Currently, Primary Authority partnership agreements are available for business that have outlets across the UK. A Primary Authority partnership agreement can reduce regulatory burdens on your business and reduce your cost of regulatory compliance. By entering into a partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council, we will act as a single point of access for your company for regulatory matters.

For further information - https://primary-authority.beis.gov.uk

Businesses that have signed up to this partnership include Supernutrients, Buckley and Beale and Jamie's Italian.

Who is it for?

Businesses that have company bases and for industry trade associations, for example: 

  • shops

  • outlets

  • offices

  • manufacturing sites

How will it help you?

Primary Authority can provide the following benefits:

  • Simplify regulatory processes by providing a single point of contact.

  • Save you money by reducing your compliance costs

  • Reduce business risks

  • Improve standards

  • Improve competetiveness of your business

  • Help your economic growth plans

  • Result in fewer inspections, information requests and checks on your business nationally

  • Help you better manage relationships you may have with other Local Authorities across the UK.

For further detailed information visit  https://primary-authority.beis.gov.uk/.

If you are interested in setting up a Primary Authority Partnership please telephone 01225-396759 or email trading_standards@bathnes.gov.uk

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