Better Business For All

A Better Business for All (BBfA) programme has been developed in East and West Sussex to help businesses easily access support from regulators.


This group was established for regulators to understand the support required and how advice can be delivered.



What is BBfA?


BBfA is a programme that brings together businesses and regulators - often for the first time - to consider and change how local regulation is delivered and received. It involves the creation of groups in specific areas that then shape the way support is provided to businesses by local regulators.


Membership of the East and West Sussex groups includes leaders from local business organisations including Sussex Chamber, local authorities, the Growth Hubs and local authority regulatory services - including Planning, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Health & Safety, Environmental Protection, Trading Standards, Waste, Care Quality Commission, and Licensing. Our aim is to extend the group to include national regulators with a regional presence.



What are the key objectives?


The objectives are to provide advice and support to business, increase business awareness of regulatory officers, ensure effective co-ordination across regulatory services, simplify the local regulatory system and processes, and establish partnerships between regulatory services and local businesses. While BBfA is aimed at all businesses, the focus is on smaller businesses, as these generally need the most help to comply with the law.


What are the main benefits of BBfA for me as a business?


Save time and money in finding out about regulations that affect your business


  • Quickly access support related to regulations
  • Be able to influence the local delivery of regulatory services
  • Enhance the profile of your business




What does BBfA mean for me as a business?


It means you can trust that your local regulators are keen to understand your business: what you are trying to achieve and how they can support you to be compliant with the law in doing this. Through BBfA your local regulators are committed to listening to your issues, working with you to resolve these and supporting you to do business in a productive way. If there is something you like about the way you are regulated please say and if there are things that don't work for you let's hear them and see what we can do to change these together.


The Better Business for All event will cover the following topics:

  • Cyber Security
  • Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • GDPR
  • Health & Safety
  • Resilience and Risk Assessments
  • Trading Standards



Useful links:


HSE: Information about health and safety at work

Advice, guidance, news, templates, tools, legislation, publications from Great Britain's independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness; HSE.


Business Advice & Support Partnership (BAASP)

BAASP is a partnership of regulatory services (Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Licensing and Fire & Rescue) across the South East that shares knowledge, resources and expertise to provide the best support and advice for local businesses.



Primary Authority Overview:

Business Advice and Support



COVID-19 Tool Kit

Considerations for restarting your business safely


The Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership has used their knowledge and expertise to bring together resources from trusted organisations to help guide you through the main considerations for restarting your business safely.


This Covid-19 Toolkit provides useful documents such as a risk assessment template and action plan, business checklists and useful guides to help you.