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.
Ban on charges for paying by card
From 13 January 2018, it will be against the law to charge consumers a fee for paying by credit or debit card. More >
New In-depth Guides published
We have today published on Business Companion a number of new In-depth Guides, some of which link to official government guidance. More >