The Government Connect Business Account allows local authorities to deliver private sector efficiency and value to the UK business community.
As part of the Government Connect programme to join up local and central government, it provides a framework to service businesses proactively, with time and cost savings for both business customers and councils and efficiency gains in line with the required 2.5% CPA linked reduction. As a required outcome under the Priority Service Outcomes, the Business
Account allows business a single point of authenticated entry in all business interactions with local authorities, statutory bodies and Central Government Agencies and Departments in England.
All council services are delivered and managed through the Business Account providing a focal point of contact, reducing the need for multiple applications, storing frequently used data sets and giving business customers the improved online tracking, information delivery and transactional services that they are used to from the private sector.
The account information is securely accessible online anywhere and at any time or via telephone, post, call centre or face to face. In most cases, businesses are able to carry out the online transactions and enquiries they need with their local councils on a 24 x 7 basis, creating real flexibility and added value.
Like the other primary Government Connect accounts, the Business Account can be adapted to meet the differing IT and policy requirements of local authorities and has set and adopted national standards for authentication, accuracy, consistency and security that will encourage cross boundary working and true joined up government.