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A partnership between a Nottinghamshire exporter and a trading standards team that made labelling clearer has been recognised with an award nomination.

Anpario Plc, which manufactures and markets animal health products worldwide, has worked with Nottinghamshire County Council on labelling compliance.

It has helped it to export with confidence to about 25 European countries and has now been put forward as an example of excellence in the 2016 Primary Authority Awards, organised by the Primary Authority Register.

The Worksop firm has been part of a primary authority partnership (PAP) agreement with the county council’s trading standards team since 2013 – one of 27 agreements that have been established in the past five years.

It allows organisations and trade associations to form co-ordinated partnerships with local authorities, with councils able to recover costs for providing businesses with reliable regulatory advice.

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Reiner Saalmann, quality assurance manager for the company, said: “The PAP scheme provides us with real quality assurance that our labelling meets EU requirements and gives us the opportunity for a regulatory review of our labelling processes, giving us confidence across our supply chain as we trade across Europe and expand our business.”

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, committee chairman for community safety at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Primary Authority Partnerships help us to work with companies to offer guidance and training on regulatory issues such as weights and measures and labelling.

“It means companies can concentrate on growing their business, in the knowledge they are complying with relevant legislation.

“It also prevents any future issues with non-compliance – so it benefits everyone.”

The trading standards team carried out annual audits of feed hygiene processes at Anpario as part of their normal inspection regime before suggesting the company might like to enter into the PAP scheme.

Last year, Anpario won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in international trade – the UK’s most prestigious business accolade.

With more than 100 employees based at its UK manufacturing headquarters at Manton Wood and bases in the USA, Brazil, China and Malaysia, the firm exports high performance natural feed additives to protect and support the health of livestock animals to more than 70 countries.

The council has other PAP agreements with clients including Boots and Wilko.

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