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Press Release - Service named as key partner in award winning Better Business for All initiative
Posted on 18/07/2017

The Service has been named as a key partner in the now award winning Heart of the South West (HotSW) Better Business for All (BBfA) initiative. 

At the national Regulatory Delivery Awards in Birmingham, the partnership won the Government’s Better Business for All Award.  DSFRS are one of a number of active members of the partnership and are proud of not only the award but the group’s progress in working collaboratively with the regions business community.

HotSW BBfA Partnership is an amalgamation of local authority departments and business interest groups that have come together with the common goal of promoting business prosperity whilst making sure they keep their staff and customers safe. 

Paul Bray, Business Safety Lead for DSFRS, said: “The BBfA initiative has been a great opportunity for DSFRS to promote fire safety to the business community.  One of our key objectives is to make Devon and Somerset a safer place to live, work and visit and this forum allows us to help businesses make this happen.  For the group to receive national recognition for its work just goes to show how real partnership working can benefit all concerned."

Lee Taylor (HotSW BBfA Chair & DS&T Trading Standards) who received the award on behalf of the group said: “Thanks are extended to the management and individuals across our Local Authorities, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, our Economic Development colleagues, the HotSW LEP, the HotSW Growth Hub, and our business partners, local Chambers and the FSB.  They have got behind the BBfA vision and have all contributed greatly towards making our BBfA alliance a reality."

At the heart of BBfA is the drive to work with businesses with regards to regulation and to support them to meet their legal obligations and by doing so promote a confident and safe business environment.  DSFRS are continuing to work with the group and its partners to make fire safety a key priority for all businesses across the region and to help continue to make the community of Devon and Somerset safe from fire.

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