BUSINESSES are being urged to sign up for a scheme which guides them through regulation and helps them ensure they stay within the law.
East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team has begun providing Primary Authority Partnerships, which offer a ‘one-stop shop’ for tailored advice and support on complying with consumer protection law.
Under the Government-backed scheme, companies work with with one local council on regulatory issues, avoiding the confusion, time and cost involved in dealing with multiple authorities.
Advice offered under the scheme is assured, meaning businesses can rely on the accuracy of the advice given and are better protected against the risk of falling foul of the law or facing enforcement action.
Meanwhile, the council has teamed up with other south east authorities to launch the Business Advice and Support Partnership (BAASP), which works with business to provide advice, support and training on a range of compliance issues.
The move means businesses will be able to get assured advice on Trading Standards, licensing, environmental health and fire safety through a single point of contact.