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Primary Authority Partnership Scheme

Primary Authority offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

The scheme is a government initiative to cut red tape and support economic growth through better local regulation. It is one of the most effective ways for local regulators to improve protection and support their business communities.

What's in it for my business?

If you form a partnership scheme with us you will:

  • Get tailored advice which is respected by all local regulators.
  • Work more efficiently -  our dedicated officer will manage all contact with regulators on your behalf.
  • Save money by focussing resources where they are most needed.

Primary Authority is fast becoming the preferred way for a business to demonstrate its commitment to the protection of its workforce and safety of its customers. View the Primary Authority Register to see hundreds of UK businesses already benefitting from a Primary Authority Partnership.  

Is my business eligible?

Businesses of any size trading across local authority areas can sign up to a direct partnership with their chosen local authority.

Businesses that follow regulatory advice from their franchisor or trade association (alongside similar businesses) can access the scheme through co-ordinated partnerships.

More information

For further information and advice about forming a partnership for your business, please email

See the Background to Primary Authority for more information.