Finding the way forward in regulation and growth

Path-finding work undertaken by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership on how local regulation can be better delivered to assist economic growth has been showcased to a national audience of LEP representatives, business organisations and senior regulatory officers.

The Regulating for Growth seminar, hosted by the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) in Birmingham, demonstrated what can be achieved when the delivery of regulatory services is put at the heart of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

It shares the work of the two regulatory pathfinder LEPs – GBS LEP and Leicestershire LEP – in creating and developing the Better Business for All and toolkit.

Chief executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, Jerry Blackett, said: “The relationship between business and regulators is crucial to growth, and the work of the pathfinder LEPs has demonstrated that it is possible to make significant improvements using simple, innovative tools.

“Tools and templates developed under the Better Business for All brand are available for anyone to use, and I would urge LEPs to consider putting them at the heart of their work.

“This is a real opportunity to transform the relationship between business and local regulators into a partnership that encourages business confidence and growth, and so benefits their communities through more jobs and greater prosperity.”

Following consultations, companies in the GBSLEP identified three areas on which regulators should focus:

  • the transparency of inspections,
  • accessibility to advice and support
  • stronger partnerships with businesses.

Its response is a regulatory charter setting out a new relationship between regulators and business. The charter features:

  • Businesses to have a single point of contact for local regulation via a web portal that has been developed and branded ‘Talk to Reg’ by Lichfield District Council
  •  Regulators to tailor advice and approach to match the business lifecycle, for instance, start-up, growth stage and mature
  •  Regulation made simple – a straightforward explanation of the ‘who, why and what’ of regulation.

To find out more about the GBSLEP’s work to improve regulation click here.