Councils help businesses beat the red tape

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Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils have launched a new scheme to help businesses get to grips with regulations and legal requirements that can potentially be a barrier to success.

The Business Regulatory Support Hub helps businesses understand the complicated and varying rules and smooths the way for them to succeed.

Broadland District Council’s Cabinet Member, Cllr Martin Booth, said:

“Customers know their rights, they read reviews and are much more likely to choose companies which align with their values.

“It’s important to get the regulatory side of your business in order if you want to inspire customer trust in what you do.

“Getting it wrong could mean you put the public at risk, attract negative publicity or even lead to enforcement action; these are pitfalls that can be avoided by tapping into good advice at an early stage.”

The Hub can help businesses think about areas they may not have considered, such as permissions for change of use, or disposing of commercial waste and health and safety regulations that they should adhere to.

As well as the Regulatory Support Hub, the councils also offer a range of other support services for businesses through their Business Builder Scheme.

South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet Member, Cllr Lisa Neal, said:

“Our experienced and dedicated team are on-hand to offer a wide-range of support whatever sector or size of your business. Whether you are a sole trader just starting out, or a large corporation, we are here to help you take your next exciting step in business and put you in contact with the right people to help you.”

The Business Regulatory Support Hub is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and welcome any questions. Tel: 0345 034 8691, email:

Find out more about the Business Regulatory Support Hub

Published: 18 August 2023