We will work harder to make life easier for you, Herts firms told


A regulators’ charter signed by all Hertfordshire’s local authorities was officially launched at a business expo event in Hemel Hempstead.

The charter sets out how businesses can expect to be treated by regulators and aims to remove barriers to growth.

Often businesses will not approach regulators for advice because they are worried about enforcement action, and sometimes public sector staff don’t really appreciate the strains of life at the cutting edge.

The charter aims to establish clear guidelines which will reassure business people are there to help make their lives easier, and not to put obstacles in their way.

Often officers will be able to advise on best practice or may have seen examples of how to get better value for money, they can pass on these lessons and save businesses money.

Among the senior politicians who pledged their support at the launch event at Shendish Manor were Dacorum Borough Council leader Councillor Andrew Williams, who also looks after the regeneration brief at the Civic Centre, and Councillor Chris Hayward, from Sarratt, who is County Hall’s executive member for enterprise, education and skills.

Local Enterprise Partnership executive director Neil Hayes said: “We are working to build trust between the private sector community and regulators.

“Our regulators have an important role to play in supporting economic growth and creating a level playing field in which business can flourish.

“This charter is a significant commitment to future collaboration which will ensure the county remains perfectly placed for business.”