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The basics

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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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

Alternative dispute resolution

A guide to the Alternative Dispute Resolution regulations

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Delivery charges

Best practice for business to consumer (B2C) trading

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Knives, bladed items and hazardous materials

Everything businesses need to know about knives, bladed items and hazardous materials

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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 apply to just one or two of the countries, while others extend to all three GB countries or the whole of the UK.

For guidance on the law in Northern Ireland, please see

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
Consumer vulnerability
Delivery charges
Knives, bladed items and hazardous materials
Renewable energy

New In-depth Guides
Botox and cosmetic fillers (England only)
Bovine viral diarrhoea (new for England)
Environmental ('green') claims
Exporting animals
High fat, sugar or salt (less healthy) foods (England only)
Importing animals
Knives, other bladed items and corrosive substances
Labelling of prepacked-for-direct-sale foods (England and Wales only)
Licensing of animal activities (England and Scotland only)
Sale of petrol and diesel from forecourts
UKCA marking

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