Primary Authority Partnerships

Primary Authority Logo We operate a Primary Authority Partnership scheme for businesses that trade across council boundaries. This means that qualifying businesses can enter into a legally recognised partnership with us, receiving an agreed package of advice and support.

As a Primary Authority, we will provide businesses, or a group of businesses, with appropriate, assured regulatory advice on which they can rely.

The benefits of a Primary Authority Partnership are:

  • Assured advice − the advice given by a Primary Authority is nationally binding and other councils are required to take this into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.
  • Reduced cost of compliance - Primary Authority Partnerships can reduce costs by providing certainty to your business.
  • Simplified regulatory process allowing you to work with a single local authority.  As a Unitary Authority, we can offer both Environmental Health and Trading Standards support
  • Reduced risk of non-compliance.
  • A single point of contact with designated officers that get to know you and your business.

Further information about the scheme and a public list of registered primary authority partnerships is available on the Primary Authority website.

Charging under a Primary Authority Partnership is on a cost recovery only basis.

If you would like to find out more about forming a Primary Authority Partnership with us, please contact us by phone on 01332 640780 or email


Contact details

Post address:
Trading Standards
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640780
Minicom: 01332 640666