Torbay Council is working with other regulatory services in Devon and Somerset to better support businesses by creating a level playing field across the two counties.

The services currently working together are food safety, health and safety, licensing, trading standards, and fire safety.

By helping and supporting businesses to comply with legislation it is hoped that it will create a level playing field, promote economic growth and encourage businesses to invest in the area.

Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell, said: “The council understand regulation can be difficult to navigate so we want to simplify the process and develop better relationships between businesses and regulators. We have produced a survey which is aimed at any commercial business to capture their thoughts and views on regulators and regulation in Devon and Somerset.

“The feedback will be used to help to develop ‘Better Business for All’, a more focused way of working together that aims to support businesses by making regulations easier to access and understand.”
‘Better Business for All’ (BBfA) is part of a national government initiative to reduce the regulatory burden on business. It is endorsed by the Better Regulation Delivery Office, which is part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Torbay is fully committed to BBfA.

By giving a few moments to complete the survey, it will help to shape the future of Business Support and Regulation across Devon and Somerset. To complete the survey go to

This survey will close on 29 March 2015.

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