New Primary Authority Partnership with Houghton Hams

Published: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Northampton Borough Council’s Environmental Health team have signed a Primary Authority (PA) partnership agreement to provide tailored business advice to family run business, Houghton Hams.

A Primary Authority partnership allows businesses to establish a formal and legally recognised relationship with regulators, providing them with one point of contact and specialist advice to help them meet their legal and regulatory obligations.

The agreement with Houghton Hams, an approved supplier of Northamptonshire pork-based products with a regional and national customer base, will see the council providing advice on a number of regulatory fields including food safety and hygiene, infectious disease control, environmental pollution and licencing and will allow the business to tap into specialist food safety expertise.

Environmental Health team will be working closely with the company to provide assured advice that cannot be legally challenged in court, to assist their technical department in meeting food law requirements and further improve their food safety management systems.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “It is really encouraging and exciting for Environmental Health team to have secured a new Primary Authority partnership that will provide a local business and its clients with the certainty that systems (if followed) are legally compliant and suitably meet expected legal standards.

“This shows how our Environmental Health team continue to partner and work alongside commercial businesses, to improve compliance and reduce administrative burdens of red tape, as well as generate additional income,  while the business gains positive recognition within their industry sector.” 

Heather Conoboy, Technical Manager at Houghton Hams, says: “Houghton Hams is excited to have the opportunity to develop further our long-standing relationship with Northampton Borough Council.

"We are passionate about driving improvements through our business aligned with producing quality products to both the retail and catering sector.

"The new PA initiative will allow Houghton Hams to meet this challenge, whilst further underpinning our technical compliance and expertise.”