Slicing through the 'red tape' in a business-friendly borough

Local businesses gathered at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield to help de-bunk common myths around business regulation.

Business regulation event

Funded by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) grant, the free event was the first of its kind in the region and aimed to help Hertfordshire businesses understand how knowing the law makes smart business sense.

Organised by the council and Better Business for All, with support from the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, speakers outlined simple steps businesses can take to reduce risks in their workplace and where to go to access advice and support.

Experts from each organisation also hosted surgery sessions to answer queries ranging from fire safety and licensing to trading standards and building control.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Regeneration, Economic Development and Partnerships, said:

We want to build relationships with our businesses to help them better understand what they need to do to operate safely - and this includes giving advice and guidance to put them on the right track. It ultimately saves everyone a lot of time and money to work positively together and that way business owners can concentrate on what they do best - running a business!

Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Governance, Public Health and Climate Change, said:

We support many different types of businesses to operate safely and want them to know that they can pick up the phone to us whenever they need to. We recognise the role businesses play in creating opportunities for our communities which is why we want to give them every chance we can to succeed.

Chloe Hackney, who started Pawbakes, selling dog treat baking kits, with two friends while at the University of Hertfordshire said:

We've found that it's important to get advice as soon as you can. We had a lot of help to make sure we got things right. It was difficult to find anyone who had done something similar so it's definitely good to get involved.