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.
Business Companion: advice on the unexpected
Sometimes running a business can feel like exploring uncharted territory. Snags and traps lie in wait for the unsuspecting, a bit like the unpopulated parts of old maps that bear the legend: 'Here be monsters'. More >
Business Companion: guidance on food & drink
Eating and drinking are two of the great pleasures in life. Indeed, food and drink are so central to all of our daily activities and leisure time that often it can be easy to take for granted just how much goes into their preparation, distribution and sale. More>