Holland and Barrett to Benefit from ‘Red Tape Cutting’ Partnership with Trading Standards

Holland and Barrett has formed a Primary Authority Partnership with Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, designed to cut red tape and support the Nuneaton based business with clear and consistent business advice.

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Holland & Barrett International Chief Executive Officer Peter Aldis said: “Establishing a Primary Authority Partnership with Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service cuts red tape for us, while our customers can be confident that we always strive for full compliance and the highest standards.”

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety added: “I am delighted that we have established a Primary Authority Partnership with Holland and Barrett, who will now be able to benefit from an advisory relationship with a single Trading Standards Service, reducing burdens on business.”

Many national and international UK businesses now benefit from Primary Authority Partnerships with their local Trading Standards Service. The partnership means that if the business requires advice on Trading Standards law, they only need to approach Warwickshire Trading Standards for guidance that will cover all their retail outlets across the country.

Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “This relationship will help ensure that inspection, advice and enforcement is consistent across the business’s entire retail portfolio, making it easier for them to comply with the law and reduces the cost of compliance.”

The benefits of Primary Authority Partnership

• Primary Authority allows businesses to be involved in their own regulation, making it easier for them to comply with the law and reducing the costs of compliance, without reducing regulatory protections.

• Businesses can invest in products, practices and procedures, knowing that the resources they devote to compliance are recognised throughout the country.

• New products and services can be planned with targeted clear advice on advertising, packaging and labelling.

• When a new regulation is introduced it allows businesses to quickly establish an agreed means of compliance.

• Primary Authority improves relationships with regulators, supports staff development and provides for consistent regulatory advice and guidance