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Council’s Award-Winning Business Support Project Showcases in London

Published on Tuesday, 14th March 2017

The Council’s award-winning project to support smaller food businesses is being showcased at the Better Business for All (BBFA) national Learning Event in London today.

It was selected to represent the Midlands regional BBFA partnership in view of the innovative and highly successful way it supported local food businesses to improve their Food Hygiene Scheme Rating score. The improvement in the overall standards achieved in food premises locally now places the Borough amongst the best in the country. Local businesses are now using their improved ratings to bring in more customers, confident of the hygiene standards and practices at their premises.

The project won the prestigious Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Award for Regulatory Policy last year and helped to cement the excellent working relationships between the council and local businesses in support of business success and growth.

Barry Longden portfolio holder for Health and Environment said:

"Our food hygiene scheme is leading the way nationally and it's fantastic that we've been invited to share our good practice with others.  As a Council we understand the importance of working with businesses to drive improvement and boost economic growth."

Steve Moore, Head of Environmental Health, is addressing delegates at the event. He said:

“Officers in the Food Safety Team worked really hard to get the message across to smaller food businesses. The closer working relationships between the Council’s regulatory services and local businesses and business support agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce and the FSB are an important reminder of the role that many Council services can play in promoting economic development within the Borough.”