11 Feb 2020

New partnership will help to ensure fire safety compliance

GreenSquare and Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service have officially entered into a Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) partnership for fire safety – the first of its kind for both organisations.

On Monday 3 February, Heads of Service and Directors from both GreenSquare and the Fire and Rescue Service met to sign contracts, discuss objectives and formalise the partnership. 

A Primary Authority Scheme allows businesses to form a legally recognised partnership with a single local authority in relation to regulatory compliance. 

The aims of the partnership are to:

  • reduce burdens on business through a partnership approach;
  • work together to achieve compliance; and
  • ensure that regulation is consistent.

Richard Hopkins, GreenSquare’s Property Investment Director, said: "We are delighted to be entering into this Primary Authority Scheme with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This partnership is a really positive step in our commitment to fire safety and promoting best practice. 

"Under the scheme, we will be provided with assured guidance from the fire protection team. This will mean that we receive robust and reliable fire safety compliance advice, which we can confidently apply across all three of the counties we operate in, helping us to provide a high quality service for both our customers and staff."

Grahame Mitchell, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said “By supporting GreenSquare through the Primary Authority Scheme, the Fire Protection team will be able to provide confidence in meeting compliance requirements.” 

Primary Authority Scheme partnerships operate on a cost recovery basis, enabling local authorities to recover the costs for the services they provide.

Grahame continued: “The advantage of costs associated with this service being recovered is that it enables the team to provide detailed, up-to-date, bespoke fire safety advice tailored to the business as a whole. 

“This in turn will improve fire safety standards in a greater numbers of buildings across the counties, and also supports Oxfordshire County Council’s vision for thriving communities and a thriving economy. 

“In the long term this will then free up our Fire Safety Inspectors to undertake regulatory activities where they are needed most."

Pictured: Richard Hopkins, GreenSquare's Property Investment Director with Grahame Mitchell, Deputy Chief Fire Officer.