British Furniture Manufacturers

Primary Authority partnerships

14 December 2021

The Primary Authority plays the role of a 'partner' rather than the traditional role of regulator; it identifies, develops and delivers services that help the business to successfully grow and improve its goods and services. The Primary Authority works closely with the business to fully understand how the business operates and to understand its individual needs.

The scheme allows businesses to form a legally recognised partnership with one or more local authorities in order to receive tailored support in relation to one or several specific areas of law. Primary Authority works to make it easier for businesses to comply with the law, reducing the costs of compliance without reducing regulatory protections.

The Primary Authority often offers a dedicated officer and team as the first point of contact for other regulators, allowing the business to devote more of their time and attention to their day-to day-obligations.

Businesses can invest in products, practices and procedures, knowing that the resources they devote to compliance are recognised throughout the country. The advice provided by the Primary Authority carries legal weight and must be interpreted in the same way by other regulators when dealing with your business.

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