Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses
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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.
Preparation for Brexit: Business Companion guidance
We are now publishing guidance on what the law will look like after we leave the European Union. More >
Preparation for Brexit: Government guidance
With the UK due to leave the European Union on 31 October, the Government has produced a checker to help businesses prepare. You will answer a number of questions about your business and will then be directed to the information you need. More >