Martin Traynor OBE (Small Business Crown Representative), Kamal Dhutia (FSB member and B I Europe Ltd), Paul Uppal (Small Business Commissioner), Alan Twells (Charnwood Borough Council), Jennifer Thomas (FSB Development Manager).
Leicester and Leicestershire's Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership have been shortlisted as finalists for the Regulatory Excellence Awards 2019 in the category of BBfA Outstanding Partnership.
The Awards recognise regulatory organisations, individuals, businesses and trade associations that have achieved positive outcomes through good practice.
Leicester and Leicestershire's BBfA group is chaired by FSB member Kamal Dhutia, and has become an integral part of the business support landscape.
They have demonstrated real difference in protecting citizens and supporting the business communities, using better regulation tools and principles.
This year they provided valuable insights and information sharing to support small business procurement following a Q&A session by the newly appointed Small Business Crown Representative, Martin Traynor OBE.
Key achievements also include working with business support organisations to deliver different workshops, notably on food safety and a joint fire safety and environmental health project.
This is the third year of the awards organised by the government’s Office for Product Safety and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Winners will be announced at an awards reception on June 20 in London.
Alan Twells, Head of Regulatory Services, Charnwood Borough Council said: “It is great to be recognised for the excellent work undertaken here in Leicester and Leicestershire, providing regulatory support and advice to businesses in a collaborative way.
"Regulatory Services across all of the Districts, County and City have a positive approach to help businesses comply and prosper, working with partners such as the Business Gateway Growth Hub, Federation of Small Businesses, East Midlands Chambers, Food and Drink Forum and Economic Development colleagues to achieve this.
"I would also like to commend all of the Regulatory Officers who, on a daily basis, provide information to help businesses access the advice they need.”
Jennifer Thomas, Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The group has provided a valuable platform to ensure quality in regulation, one of the most critical areas of potential issues for small businesses.
"Those who may not necessarily make use of other business support locally (such as grants, networking, training, social media workshops) are able to benefit from good quality regulation delivery which they receive.”
Kevin Harris, Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the BBfA partnership has been shortlisted as a finalist for these awards. The influence of BBfA is most keenly felt in the food and drink sector where all businesses involved with food have to receive regulatory visits.
“BBfA worked very closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership on the Primary Authority pilot for our region, which helped shape regulatory guidance for the rest of the country.
"It has played an active part in the development of the Business Gateway growth hub website content about business regulation.”
FSB wishes the BBfA partnership group the best of luck at the awards.