Successful Health & Safety Primary Authority Application

November 1, 2016

Churchill is delighted to announce we have successfully passed our Health & Safety Primary Authority partnership application and we are now in partnership with the City of London as part of the scheme.

Primary Authority enables a business to form a legally recognised partnership with a single local authority – its ‘primary authority’ – which can provide robust and reliable regulatory advice which other local authorities are required to take into account in their dealings with the business. Primary Authority promotes consistency and fairness in the way local councils enforce regulations and guides the way other local authorities carry out checks such as inspections.

Introduced by the government in 2009, Primary Authority addresses concerns raised by businesses about how they are regulated by local authorities in areas such as environmental health, licensing and trading standards regulation. It was extended in 2014 to include fire safety, with fire and rescue authorities actively participating in the scheme.

Following recent business growth and our dedication to continuous improvement, partnering with a Primary Authority ensures Churchill remains progressive and gives the business access to additional external guidance and advice.

City of London is a key local authority and we have an established relationship through our significant existing client base in the area. This partnership will allow Churchill to benefit from their highly skilled and knowledgeable regulators and we will be working alongside them to ensure our key safety policies and procedures remain in line with legal requirements and best practice. Part of this process will include challenging our policies and questioning what we do in order that Churchill remains compliant, can become a better business and a top competitor.

Looking to the future, we hope this will strengthen our relationship with the City of London and with our London client portfolio and will maintain continuous improvement as a focus within the business as a whole.

Angelina Sooren, Group HSEQ and Compliance Director, says: “I am extremely excited. This gives the Churchill Group an opportunity to continually improve our processes and procedures and gives the City of London an insight into real life operational activities through site visits. Our key policies and procedures will be assured, providing us with extreme confidence that we are compliant and industry-leading.”

Toby Thorp, Environmental Health Officer – City of London Corporation, says: “We are fully committed to work with businesses to help drive compliance and are greatly encouraged by the leading approach that the Churchill Group is taking.  This is our first Primary Authority type partnership with an organisation in the services sector and I’m confident we can learn from each other and help our partner to take a proportionate and sensible approach to health and safety compliance.”