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Royal Charter for the Trading Standards Institute

It may have been April Fool’s Day, but for the Trading Standards Institute the day was no joke – it turned a leaf in its 134-year history to join the eminent ranks of Chartered organisations.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) came into being on1 April, with the official handing over of the Royal Charter vellum, signed by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.
CTSI’s chief executive Leon Livermore said: “I am delighted and proud to be at the helm of this organisation at this historic moment.  Being granted the prestigious Royal Charter is a testament to our achievements and value as a professional body, and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been part of the long process that has brought us here today.
“This is a great day for the trading standards profession too, giving the competency of Chartered Trading Standards Practitioners added recognition and status, which is truly well deserved.
“We start this new era with a strong new vision for trading standards, to ensure a resilient a sustainable service that can continue to fight the corner of consumers and honest businesses despite continuing budget cuts in local authorities.
 “I look forward to revealing our new logo on 30 April, which will be a fantastic visual marker for our continuing work as the leading light for the trading standards profession.”

You can read our blog about this special day, listen to CTSI's chairman Mark McGinty explain what the new chartered status means to the trading standards profession, and to CTSI's finance director Roy Martin talk about the five-year process that has led us to acquiring Chartered status.

DATE: 1 April 2015