The Better Business for All (BBfA) Partnership between Hertfordshire’s councils and businesses has become the only initiative of its kind in the UK to be shortlisted for two national awards.
Regulators from Watford Borough Council and all other councils in Hertfordshire joined business organisations and national regulators to form a Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership last year. There are only 26 similar partnerships operating across England.
The main aim of the partnerships is to help businesses grow their productivity and profit margins by complying with but not being restrained by regulations. The BBfA Hertfordshire group now operates from www.hertfordshirelep.com/Better-Regulation.aspx. Here businesses can learn about how regulators can help them and find contact details for everyone they might need to speak to using the helpful ‘Regulation Directory’. The team are now working on a variety of specific projects to support businesses, including investigating ways to help businesses check employees’ eligibility to work.
Judges praised BBfA Hertfordshire for making regulators more confident to signpost each other’s services to businesses and for understanding business challenges better. As a result other partnerships are now attending Hertfordshire’s regulator training to experience good practice to replicate in their own programmes.
Hertfordshire came second in the innovation and third in the partnership categories of the recent Better Business for All Awards.