Ashfords' Business Regulatory Consultancy and Agriculture Sector Teams attended the Farm Business Innovation Show at The NEC, Birmingham on 8 - 9 November along with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute ("CTSI").
Ashfords and CTSI have a strategic partnership to deliver regulatory services to businesses, and have recently won an award for innovation for the firm's implementation of the Governments Better Regulation agenda through direct and coordinated primary authority and legal services to businesses.
At the Farm Business Innovation Show Ashfords had a joint stand with CTSI in the hall for the two day exhibition, networking with the various businesses that were attending and launching the new Business Regulatory Solutions ("BRS") online platform, which was well received by those farm-based businesses that were diversifying and now having to deal with multiple regulators such as fire, food, health and safety, licensing and animal welfare.
BRS is a central regulatory control system with advice and guidance covering:
- Health and Safety
- Product Safety
- Fair Trading
- Dealing with Customers
- Animal Health and Welfare
The platform is built bespoke for the user so that only they can see the content relevant to their business. It has templates to produce policies and procedures and an area to store them in. The site will be designed in the business' corporate colours and can include their company logo.
As well as exhibiting, Ashfords, presented a seminar on our new regulatory services for businesses. The seminar also covered the new Enterprise Act 2016 and the changes it will bring to farms, in particular those which are regulated by numerous regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and DEFRA.
Changes to the Better Regulation agenda that will be of particular interest to the agricultural community are:
1. Supporting Regulators
Supporting Regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") and The Food Standards Agency ("FSA") will be required to act consistently with primary authority advice.
2. Single Businesses
Primary Authority protections and assured advice will be available to business that operate from just one site. Previously businesses needed to operate across two or more Local Authority boundaries.
This means every business no matter how small can benefit from less burdensome regulation and reducing their risk profile to the regulator.