‘Talk to Reg’ goes from strength to strength
One of the key tools available to regulators in Greater Birmingham is the Talk to Reg website – www.talktoreg.co.uk – a one-stop shop for advice on government services where expert help is available in business advice, trading standards, environmental health and more.
Developed by the ‘Better Business for All (BBfA)’ initiative, the site provides an online resource for firms to get expert advice and guidance on meeting legislation.
The portal features contact details and useful information for organisations responsible for food safety, health and safety, environmental protection, licensing, trading standards and fire safety.
It is part of a new approach that is being led by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), which focuses on effective regulation being a catalyst for business growth.
Companies logging on to the website should be able to find the relevant contact they’re after within a few minutes or, in some instances, two clicks.
Users enter their postcode in the search engine to find the relevant experts serving that geographic area. Telephone, email addresses and website details are listed.
Furthermore, the categories have been designed so they match what a business might be looking to find; for example food safety inspections, building regulations, tax and employment. There’s even a section on business advice.
Since the site was launched in 2012, six Local Enterprise Partnerships have signed up to use the resource.