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Notice to consumer journalists

You are invited to attend:

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Annual Conference & Exhibition, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), which is set to take place between 24 June and 26 June at the Bournemouth International Centre

Photo opportunities and briefings arranged at the conference include:

Tuesday 24 June

10.30 Consumer Affairs Minister, Gareth Thomas visits the Loan Sharks Bus to launch a new regional helpline.

11.00 Who Rules - Business or the consumer? - Main conference session hosted by broadcaster John Humphrys

12.30 Launch of the TSI Pack It In award - A new award to recognise businesses which are trying to help the environment

13.30 Unroadworthy cars - The results of a survey into the second-hand car market

14.00 Counterfeit designer jewellery seized in Essex goes on show

14.30 Regulators - Who needs them?! - Main conference session hosted by broadcaster John Humphrys

15.00 Playsafe competition judging - Budding young inventors show how designing a new toy can be child's play

16.00 Consumer Challenge quiz winners - Students with learning difficulties take part in this fun and educational event

Wednesday 25 June

10.00 Underage sales alcohol survey - latest figures show pubs, off licences and supermarkets are still selling alcohol to under 18s

11.00 Fair Trade in Global Markets - Main conference session hosted by broadcaster John Stapleton

12.30 Hero Award, Patsy O'Keeffe - A grieving mother who has championed a campaign against potentially lethal counterfeit products is hailed as a hero

13.00 Buy with confidence scheme - how do consumers find a reputable trader? Trading Standards launch a new scheme to help identify the good guys

13.30 Video nasties briefing - The graphically violent 18 certificate video games sold to children through popular internet auction sites

14.00 Briefing on dangerous novelty cigarette lighters

16.30 Young Consumers of the Year winners - Schools from across the country do battle to be crowned winner of this popular consumer education quiz

Thursday 26 June

11.00 Protecting the Health and Welfare of Citizens - Main conference session hosted by TV presenter Lynn Faulds Wood

12.30 Hero Award, Barbara Skinner - A mother whose son died after inhaling the contents of an aerosol receives recognition of the work she has done to prevent further deaths from Volatile Substance Abuse

12.45 Food safety - the role of the Animal Health Officer

The Consumer Affairs & Trading Standards Institute's Annual Conference & Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and Trading Standards event in Europe and is growing in success and profile each year.

To register your attendance please email or call the TSI press office on 0845 608 9430.

The TSI conference press office will open at 08.00 on Monday 23 June.

The times listed above are subject to change. Please contact the press office on the day to confirm times.

Kay Robbins, TSI Press Office

Tel: 0845 608 9430
Fax: 0845 608 9431