Regulations

Regardless of the business you run, you are likely to have to comply with a wide range of regulations and some sectors will have more than most. To help ensure you understand your obligations, there is support from Government websites such as Business is Great and the Business Companion website.

However, help is also available from your local regulators based in the four Black Country Councils – contact the Black Country Growth Hub with any queries you have about compliance.

The purpose of your local Regulatory services, which includes environmental health, trading standards and licensing, is to protect the public, consumers, businesses and communities.

Amongst a wide range of services, they provide public protection in relation to a range of environmental health issues, such as improving air quality, controlling noise and protecting the integrity of the food chain.

They also play an important role supporting local businesses and boosting local economic growth by helping them understand and comply with controls. Their role also includes tackling the rogue businesses that undermine reputable businesses like yours and damage consumer confidence.

Some authorities also support the Primary Authority initiative, which offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority, to provide robust and reliable advice for other regulators to consider when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

Primary Authority Initiative

Some authorities also support the Primary Authority initiative, which offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority, to provide robust and reliable advice for other regulators to consider when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

This video from the Office for Product Safety and Standards offers a short explanation.

BBfA Black Country

Better Business for All (BBfA) works with the local business community to improve how regulatory services are delivered in the Black Country.

The BBfA initiative aims to show how working with your local regulators can save you time and money, improve your competitiveness and help you grow your business.

This video explains more about the different ways they can help.

Making Tax Digital

HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. We collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

Making Tax Digital is making fundamental changes to the way the tax system works – transforming tax administration so that it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers to get it right.

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More help

You can also keep up to date with all the latest regulatory developments by reading Trading Standards Business News.

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