Learn by Trading Places
Getting to grips with stock rotation and check out procedures was all in a day's work for senior local regulation representatives as they traded places to promote a new mutual learning scheme.
Local Better Regulation Office's (LBRO) Trading Places was developed to foster understanding between regulatory services and the companies that they monitor.
The event hosted this week by Tesco and Sainsbury's enabled participants to find out first-hand how council inspections and enforcement operations impact the day-to-day running of businesses.
They received an overview of the stores' operations, spent time talking to staff, and familiarised themselves with routine regulatory issues such as check-out procedures and stock rotation.
This practical learning experience is open to all environmental health, fire safety, licensing and trading standards officers working in local authorities, who have the opportunity to spend two days at the premises of major companies.
The Trading Standards Institute was represented by its chief executive Ron Gainsford, the chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers Jacqui Kennedy OBE, and Board member Nigel Strick.
Mr Gainsford said: 'The LBRO Trading Places initiative provides a welcome platform for trading standards and other local authority regulators to be invited to see business in action at all levels.
'TSI is a long standing advocate of the importance of businesses and regulators understanding and appreciating each other's drivers, needs, challenges and practices.
'We are all in the business of success - these opportunities to exchange and embrace shared thinking can only be helpful in our collective aim to secure economic recovery and consumer confidence.'
Pictured from left to right: Store manager Tracy Hedges, LBRO chair Clive Grace, store manager Daniel Malyon, LACORS executive director Derek Allen, TSI chief executive Ron Gainsford, ACTSO chair Jacqui Kennedy