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.
CMA: 'Over half of businesses don't know unfair contract rules well'
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published research amongst UK businesses which reveals that 54% of those surveyed don't fully understand the rules on unfair terms, which directly impacts how they treat their customers. More >
Consumer Rights Act – first birthday
The Consumer Rights Act came into force one year ago today (1 October 2016) in the biggest shake up of consumer law in a generation. More >