Where to find further information
Help with legislation
For further information on a specific area of legislation, contact the following organisations:
- Download a guide for business regulations.
Business support helpline
- The helpline provides a quick response service if you have simple questions about starting or running a business. It also provides a more in-depth service if you have more complex enquiries.
- Telephone: 0300 456 3565
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
- The Law Society is able to provide you with a list of solicitors within your area. Your local DMO may also be able to give you names of suitable local firms.
Independent financial advisors
- The IFA consumer website is able to forward you a list of independent financial advisors, accountants or solicitor in your area.
These include the following:
Gas Safe Register
- Tel: 0800 408 5500
- Gas Safe Register website
OFGEM (The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets)
OFCOM (Office of Communications)
Tel: 0300 123 3333
The economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales.
- Tel: 0300 034 2222
- OFWAT website
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
- Tel: 0808 100 2040
- WRAP website
These include the following:
Bed and Breakfast Association
Tel: 01749 814908
British Activity Providers Association (BAPA)
The BAPA monitors safety standards and quality within the activity sector throughout the British Isles. BAPA also provides a detailed consumer guide which is available on request.
Tel: 01746 769982
British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BHHPA)
The BHHPA is the representative body of the parks industry including caravans, chalets, tents and all types of self-catering park accommodation.
Tel: 01452 526911
British Hospitality Association (BHA)
The BHA represents hotels (mostly 10+ rooms), restaurants and catering establishments, and distributes guidance notes to members.
Tel: 020 7404 7744
British Destinations represents the interests of resorts and destinations throughout the UK.
Tel: 0151 934 2285 / 2286
English Association of Self-Catering Operators (EASCO)
The EASCO is a trade association for self-catering operators, from individual owners through to the agencies and associations.
Tel: 020 7078 7329
Farm Stay UK Ltd
Farm Stay UK Ltd is a co-operative of 1200 farmers throughout the UK who provide serviced and self-catering accommodation on working farms.
Tel: 024 7669 6909
Tourism for All
Tourism for All, a national charity, is the UK s central source of travel and holiday information for disabled people, older people and carers.
Tel: 0845 124 9971
People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality and tourism sector. It is the lead agency on all issues relating to education, training and qualification within the sector.
Tel: 020 3074 1222
National Caravan Council (NCC)
The NCC is the representative trade body for the UK caravan industry involved in setting standards and promoting quality. NCC operates the Product Approval Scheme for new caravans to ensure compliance with minimum health and safety standards.
Tel: 01252 318251