Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses
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Business Companion provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation
The site delivers guidance by default for England, but if you are trading in Scotland or Wales, you should choose your location using the drop-down list at the top of the page. This is because some laws are different, or are differently enforced, in those countries
The guidance is divided up into 15 broad Quick Guides and each one contains a number of more detailed In-depth Guides.
There may be rules you are not aware of, so make sure you explore the site thoroughly.
If you don't know where to begin, or you're a new business, click Get Started above.
Leaving the European Union
The UK has now left the EU and we are in a transition period while the Government negotiates with the EU. The transition period lasts until the end of 2020 and existing laws continue to apply during it. More>
Information on changes to Business Companion In-depth Guides
In 2020 we will be introducing a new section to the In-depth Guides, which will briefly explain what changes have been made in the most recent update. More>