Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses
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.
Government guidance on online delivery
HM Government has produced a short online delivery leaflet, which is designed to help businesses that sell online understand their legal obligations when it comes to delivery charges and delivery restrictions. More >
New laws in force on tobacco, e-cigarettes, etc
New laws come into force today (20 May) on the packaging of tobacco products (particularly health warnings and standardised packaging) and the advertising of e-cigarettes (which, generally speaking, is no longer allowed). More >