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.
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Sales of acid & other corrosive substances to young people
Following the rise in acid attacks, the Government is encouraging retailers to sign up to a voluntary commitment aimed at restricting access to products containing acid and other corrosive substances. More >
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and trading standards teams across the country are re-issuing guidance to market traders and businesses after an investigation by London Borough of Bromley Trading Standards found real fur products that were labelled as synthetic by retailers. More >