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Unsure of the law on trading standards or whether the rules apply to you? Find out how the law sees businesses that sell to consumers 

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Concise guidance

Want answers right now? Quick Guides are arranged by what, where and how you sell to help you find the information you need

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Detailed information

Know what you're looking for, or want to browse a list of specific guidance arranged by category? In-depth Guides deliver the detail

In-Depth Guides

Business in focus

Car traders and consumer law

Guidance for dealerships

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Care homes: complaints

Dealing with complaints in the care homes sector

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This bulletin is from Business Companion. Impartial, Government-backed information and guidance.

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Practical holiday law

A guide to practical holiday law

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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.

Recently published guidance

New Business in Focus guidance       New In-depth Guides
Car traders and consumer law       Alcoholic beverages, spirits and food
Care homes: complaints       Candles, diffusers, oil heaters, etc
Coronavirus   Novel foods (including CBD and hemp)
Practical holiday law       Refill shops
      Plastic cotton buds
    Units of measurement

Latest news

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Coronavirus & food: new Business in Focus guidance
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting lockdown has changed our lives drastically in a short time. Everyone has had to change the way they live, work and conduct their business. The closure of all pubs and restaurants has hit a UK industry worth over £40 billion, and many fear long-term damage. More >

New guidance to help people get safely back to work
The Government - in consultation with industry - has published guidance for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running, and workplaces operating as safely as possible, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >