Business development · 15 February 2017

Small businesses to receive improved access to local regulatory advice

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Businesses will gain greater assured regulatory advice via local UK authorities from 1 October 2017
The government has announced changes to its Primary Authority scheme, giving businesses greater access to assured regulatory advice via local UK authorities.

From 1 October 2017, the scheme will be extended and simplified to include businesses of any size as well as pre startups, and will be backed up by an improved Primary Authority Register the government’s online regulatory resource for business.

Regulatory Delivery, one arm of the newly-created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has been tasked with implementing the updated scheme.

It has recently launched a consultation, with the aim of unlocking the potential? of the Primary Authority.

It has sought views from UK business owners, groups and local authorities, to improve delivery of the scheme, which was first introduced in 2009.

New measures could include listing national regulators, given their ability to support Primary Authority partnerships, and a simplification of the definition of an enforcement action.

The consultation will also seek to update the definitions of functions within the remit of the Primary Authority in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and move to a system where a partnership covers all regulatory functions on offer from a given local authority.



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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