Past events

4 - 10 November 2013 

National Consumer Week  

Buying a used car? Check it, don't regret it

Pictured: Jon Harris Principal Trading Standards Officer Dorset Trading Standards Service with Jo Swinson Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at the launch of National Consumer Week .

 

 

 

 

This year our National Consumer Week is part of a campaign we are running in partnership with Citizens Advice providing signposting to advice and guidance on used car purchasing. Local authority trading standards and Citizens Advice Bureau are running events across the UK throughout November to promote the campaign.

Used car buyers are being signposted to the Citizens Advice special website information page.

                               

The campaign was launched by Jo Swinson Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

Other guest speakers  

Leon Livermore chief executive  Trading Standards Institute

Mike Rutherford motoring correspondent The Sunday Times

Gillian Guy chief executive Citizens Advice

For further details or queries please contact TSI press office by email pressoffice@tsi.org.uk  

Earlier this year, Natasha bought a car from a mechanic for £1,100. She test drove the car but didn't do any checks. The clutch felt loose and the accelerator didn't work properly. Eventually, she tried to sell the car and leaned it was a Category C car, which means it had been written-off as result of damage or theft. Natasha's story highlights why the 'check it, don't regret it' campaign is so important. In educating consumers about the checks they should do before buying a used car, we hope to prevent others from having an experience similar to Natasha's.

  

The campaign was launched by Jo Swinson Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

Other guest speakers  

Leon Livermore chief executive  Trading Standards Institute

Mike Rutherford motoring correspondent The Sunday Times

Gillian Guy chief executive Citizens Advice

For further details or queries please contact TSI press office by email pressoffice@tsi.org.uk   


  

12 - 19 November 2012

National Consumer Week 2012, on the theme of Cold Calling - Don't Buy It launched on 12 November from the Age UK's London hub on Tavistock Square.

BBC personality Gloria Hunniford, of Rip Off Britain and Doorstep 999, consumer minister Jo Swinson MP, TSI's chief executive Ron Gainsford and Age UK's head of information and advice Lucy Harmer spoke to an audience of consumer organisation and police representatives about the huge problem caused by cold calling doorstep traders, in particular those offering home maintenance services.

Our clip of money saving expert Martin Lewis supporting the Cold Calling - Don't Buy It campaign, and the no cold calling 'super sign' was also shown.

Media coverage, which had started earlier in the day with a feature on ITV's Daybreak, continued with London Tonight filming the launch event and interviewing Ron Gainsford and Gloria Hunniford.

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Consumer minister Jo Swinson MP with TSI's no cold calling 'super sign', surrounded by Age UK's Lucy Harmer, Gloria Hunniford and TSI's Ron Gainsford.

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Gloria Hunniford tells the audience about the many victims of cold calling she has come across on her programmes Rip Off Britain and Doorstep 999.

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21 - 25 November 2011 

In November 2011 we launched our 2011 National Consumer Week 'Good Sports Don't Fake It' at the View Tube overlooking the Stratford Olympic Park.

 

 From left to right: Tessa Sanderson,Olympic javeline thrower, Teresa Perchard, Citizens Advice Director of Policy, Baroness Judith Wilcox, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Ron Gainsford TSI Chief Executive, Mike Roylance, Adidas senior brand protection manager and Ben Challenger,high jumper and 2012 Olympic hopeful.