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Simplifying Regulation – “Get it right first time”

28th January 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm



This free event for businesses in the North East Region is arranged by ‘North East Better Business for All’ partnership and Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Designed to help businesses deal with a range of regulatory requirements it will give you the tools you need to ensure your business is compliant.

This safety focused event will bring well-respected professionals from a range of regulatory areas to offer business support and help your business succeed and thrive.

Health and safety has a reputation for keeping business owners awake at night. We hope to ease some of this stress and burden.

This event includes free buffet meal and opportunities to network.

Why you should attend:

  • Understand how to manage risk in your workplace more simply
  • Understand about some expected changes to fire safety legislation
  • Learn about the free business support available to your business
  • Learn about a wide range of Trading Standards issues.
  • Learn about changes for Trading Overseas from a Department of Trade, International Trade Adviser
  • Learn from ACAS about how to manage stress at work in your business
  • Learn how to tackle business to business burdens relating to ‘health and safety ‘rules’’

Who should attend:

Small to medium sized businesses based in the North East / North Yorkshire Region from Northumberland, County Durham, Sunderland, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Humberside.

  • Please remember to tell us if you have any special dietary or access requirements
  • Contact bbfa@durham.gov.uk or call 03000 261016


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your ticket with you.

Event Programme:

9.00 am Registration and refreshments

9.20 am Welcome and Introduction

Chair: NE Strategic Regulation Regional Network (BBfA), Gary Blenkinsop, Environmental Health Manager, Wakefield Council

9.25am North East Growth Hub Update

Helen Lee, Mentoring and Brokerage Manager, North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP)

9.30 am Simplifying Regulation Health and Safety: Keeping it simple

Jeremy Bevan, Policy Advisor, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

10.00 am Fire Safety for Business

Chris Hockaday, Business Fire Safety Manager, County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

10.20 am An Introduction into the Business Support Helpline

Joanne Gregory, Senior Knowledge and Relationship Manager, Umi: Helping businesses go further

10.40 am Refreshment Break – Coffee / Tea / Biscuits

10.55 am Trading standards: Reducing the cost of compliance

Graham Blount, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Durham County Council Trading Standards

11.15 am Managing Stress at Work

Pat Fairfax, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), North East

11.35 am Changes for NE Companies Trading Overseas

Jonathan Gamblin, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade

11.55am Exploring and Tackling business to business burdens: health and safety ‘rules’

Jeremy Bevan, Policy Advisor, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

12.25 pm Any Questions?

12.30 pm Free Buffet Lunch and networking

1pm Finish



To register for this event, please visit the Eventbrite page by clicking here





28th January 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Hardwick Hall Hotel
Sedgefield, TS21 2EH + Google Map

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