Pub partnership is council blueprintBy Linda Fort
February 10, 2011
Reading will be taking a lead in helping businesses to cut red tape through an initiative which will also bring in extra cash.
The project will be promoted through two seminars called Reading Means Business.
Last November the borough council announced that pub chain JD Wetherspoon had chosen Reading to lead on a Primary Authority Partnership which would see the council become the single point of contact for the whole company for important issues like food hygiene and age restricted sales across all its branches nationwide.
The partnership simplifies the system which would previously have seen the pub chain have to deal individually with councils right across the country.
The new approach will minimise unnecessary checks and tests for other local authorities, while adding some additional income to Reading Borough Council through the partnership agreement.
As a result, the council will host a seminar on Thursday, February 17.
Council leader Councillor Andrew Cumpsty and chief executive Michael Coughlin will be attending to address businesses.
An initial seminar was held last month to outline to other major Reading businesses the advantages of entering into similar Primary Authority Partnerships with the council.
Reading’s consumer protection team is providing JD Wetherspoon advice which other local authorities across the UK will then have to take into account when carrying out inspections.
This will include a national inspection plan to give guidelines to other councils on the way the company should be inspected.
JD Wetherspoon approached Westminster, Milton Keynes and Reading councils and the company chose to do business with Reading, where it has four of its 700 pub outlets, because of the borough’s well-established reputation on regulatory advice.