City of Wolverhampton Council has developed its first Primary Authority Partnership with Marston’s PLC to provide national bespoke business support one of the largest employers in the city.

A Primary Authority Partnership provides businesses with the opportunity to receive assured and tailored advice from a chosen local authority to meet environmental health and trading standards regulations.

The new partnership will enable Marston’s PLC to benefit from:

  • a single point of contact at the local authority who knows the business
  • reliable and robust assured advice
  • consistency of regulation across Marston’s sites
  • a reduction in unnecessary checks and inspections for businesses
  • overall reduction of business risk

From a local authority perspective, the scheme:

  • supports local economic growth through stronger business relationships
  • improves the consistency of local regulation and target resources on high risk areas
  • protects front line resources through recovery costs

City of Wolverhampton Council has operated a successful home authority arrangement with Marston’s PLC for food hygiene for a substantial period, which has led to the new partnership.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “This is the first partnership of its kind for the city and I’m pleased to be developing our existing relationship with one of Wolverhampton’s largest employers.

“We have a fantastic relationship with Marston’s and I’m pleased to see the city council as their Primary Authority to support them on a national level.”

Richard Webster, Group Head of Health and Safety at Marston’s PLC said: “We have been working closely with Wolverhampton City Council for a long time now and have seen the benefit to having accessibility and valid business support on both a local pub and head office level. 

“To develop this to a Primary Authority Partnership with our local council is a great success story for not only Marston’s but also the City of Wolverhampton.”

All businesses can benefit from Primary Authority, to find out more information contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 0121 345 1201 or email