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Teignbridge win award for role in regional business growth

Teignbridge District Council and regional partners involved in the Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership are celebrating after winning the ‘Best Council Initiative Award’ at the Devon FSB Council Awards 2016.

The BBfA partnership is a government initiative aimed at local authorities to consider and change how local regulation is delivered and received in order to promote growth in small to medium sized businesses.

The Heart of the South West BBfA Partnership have successfully brought together representatives from 13 District Authorities, 2 County Councils, 2 Unitary Authorities the Fire & Rescue Services and a host of other regulatory and business support organisations, including Devon & Somerset Trading Standards.

The programme is led by a steering group which includes local businesses, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Federation of Small Business, regulatory delivery, economic development teams and representatives from a cross-section of regulatory services in Devon and Somerset including Environmental Health, Licensing, Trading Standards and Fire & Rescue.

After only two years involved with the partnership, Teignbridge were acknowledged for their successful role in its development and expansion. This has been achieved through initiatives including a bi-monthly newsletter to local business on behalf of the partnership and staff training.

The award joins recent success for Teignbridge at the Herald Express Tourism Awards, winning the Best Tourism Event award, and claiming the national title for 'Best Council for Self/Custom Builders' at the prestigious self build housing awards.

Cllr Doug Hellier Laing, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive for Economy, Skills and Tourism said: 
“This is great news and highlights our commitment to supporting the growth and success of local businesses. The award is testament to the time and work put in by our dedicated team, and the strength of the partnership they have helped form. Through initiatives such as this we are investing in prosperity, with a view to creating jobs and wealth within the district.”
The foundations of the partnership were built by Environmental Health Officers in Devon who successfully brought in other regulatory services, Economic Development Teams and Business Support Providers. This has led to the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) becoming an active member of the group and even a bid to run the new HotSW Growth Hub.

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