Primary authority partnership scheme

Primary Authority Partnerships are a statutory scheme under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (as amended) for businesses that trade in more than one local authority (primary) area. A list of our current partners can be found on the Primary Authority Register.

Since October 2013 the Primary Authority Partnership Scheme allows trade associations to form co-ordinated partnerships with local authorites on behalf of their members.

Under the scheme local authorities can recover costs for providing businesses with reliable regulatory advice. This will reduce administrative burdens of regulation and protection from enforcement actions where inconsistent advice is provided.

The Primary Authority Partnership Scheme allows a local authority to provide the fullest range of support to businesses. Examples of services which we can provide under the Primary Authority Partnership Scheme are:

  • to review policy and procedues to make sure legal compliance
  • risk based inspections plans
  • comprehensive business advice
  • complaints and referrals from other local authority areas
  • co-ordinated advice to trade association members. 

If you would like to discuss forming a Primary Authority Partnership with us please call: 01753 475111 (Enforcement & Regulatory option) or email

More details on Primary Authority Partnerships can be found on the Central Government website.

Business advice fees

You can form a Primary Authority Partnership if you:

  • trade within two or more local authority areas
  • are an internet based company or
  • a trade assosiation.

A fee of £75.00 per hour (15 minutes minimum, then 5 minutes thereafter) is applicable.

Other business

If you are looking to start up a business in Slough or your business only has outlets within Slough, we will provide you with some initial advice for free. After that a charge of £75.00 per hour (15 minutes minimum, then 5 minutes thereafter) will be applicable. You can also discuss setting up a Primary Authority Partnership with us.

If you are not sure how these charges will affect your business, please contact us on 01753 475111 (Enforcement & Regulatory option) or email