JDW links up with council to cut red tape

By John Harrington

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JDW: aims to cut red tape by linking with council
JDW: aims to cut red tape by linking with council
Reading Council could act as an advocate for JDW if its procedures are called into question by other authorities — in a scheme to cut red tape.

Reading Council could act as an advocate for JD Wetherspoon if its procedures are called into question by other authorities.

It's under a new scheme known as a primary authority partnership, which aims to cut red tape for businesses.

It will see the council study JDW's national policies over areas such as avoiding underage sales, food safety and health and safety.

If the council agrees to approve these policies, it will become a point of call if another authority wants to find out more about JDW's national procedures regarding question relating to an outlet in its area.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We believe that companies like ours are overburdened with red tape and the new partnership agreement should enable us to concentrate more on our business and less on red tape, whilst at the same time adhering to all the relevant legal standards."

A spokesman for the council said: "We will advise them on how best to comply with all applicable laws in all of their outlets throughout the UK. This will reassure other local authorities that the company is broadly compliant, is managing risks effectively, and these should reduce any enforcement burden on the business.

Primary authority partnerships are coordinated by the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO). There are now 424 partnerships covering 124 businesses and 29,000 premises.

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