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Better Business for All (BBfA) brings together businesses and regulators to consider and change how local regulation is delivered and received. It involves the creation of local partnerships to identify the issues facing local businesses and shape the provision of effective support services to them. It gives the businesses in a defined area access to help that is tailored to their needs, making it easier for them to ‘get it right first time’.
BBfA was initially developed in 2011-2012 by the Better Regulation Delivery Office - working with two pathfinder Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) - and is now endorsed by the Office for Product Safety and Standards. We support local partnerships, for example by bringing all stakeholders to the table and staging introductory workshops, and manage the toolkit of resources for them, drawing on good practice and material provided by LEPs and regulators. In essence, its elements grow from local activity and benefit from a national perspective, but can then be adopted for use in accordance with local needs.
The programme is growing, and there are now 220 local authorities involved, preparing and implementing action plans and sharing good practice. Six examples of the diverse work of local partnerships are highlighted in the first booklet, while the difference that BBfA is starting to make is explored in the review of progress (published in May 2015), which includes recommendations to inform activity going forward. In addition, there is a personal perspective from a business consultant on how his experiences of working with local regulators have changed over the years, and the winners’ booklet for the BBfA Awards 2016, which recognised good practice.