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Helping businesses stay the right side of the law

Date : 12 June 2019


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Businesses are being offered the opportunity to sign up to a statutory scheme which aims to help them meet their legal responsibilities over fire safety.

The Fire Service has teamed up with other South East authorities to launch the Business Advice and Support Partnership (BAASP) to provide Primary Authority Partnerships - a ‘one-stop shop’ for tailored advice and support on complying with Fire Safety regulations. 

The move means businesses will be able to get assured advice on Trading Standards, licensing, environmental health and fire safety through a single point of contact.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Andrews, said: 

“We have a role to play as a regulator in enforcing fire safety in businesses – in the most serious cases this can result in huge fines and prosecutions. The Primary Authority Partnerships scheme is something different – we help businesses get things right from the outset, rather than intervene when we have concerns about fire safety.”

A word or two from Eastbourne Hospitality Association 

“Our Primary Authority partnership gives us easy access to quality advice on areas which matter to our members and can be relied upon. We can confidently seek advice on regulation which our members may need clarifying but not wanted to ask the regulators directly.   Advice on fire safety, food standards and safety are areas of priority to over 100 of our members and getting this right from the outset helps keep our staff, visitors and guests safe and shows our commitment to promoting Eastbourne as a great place to visit knowing that we care take our responsibilities seriously and positively work with our local councils and fire and rescue service.” 

Find out more 

Any businesses interested in entering a Primary Authority Partnership, or in receiving support on regulatory issues, are asked to call 0345 60 80 197 or email baasp@eastsussex.gov.uk 

The scheme is offered at a cost of £1,500  a year, which includes 20 hours of business advice during the course of the year, which could include legal advice, advice on fire safety, review of policies and procedures or training.

Further information on the scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-regulation-primary-authority  

You can also find out more information about fire safety in businesses at www.esfrs.org/business  



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