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Regulators face crisis ahead

Picture for the Year Ahead event200 delegates came together at the annual Year Ahead conference on Thursday 10 February to hear a number of key speakers address the crucial issues facing regulatory services. Speakers from Government and business will challenge the concerns arising from the current economic climate, with subjects ranging from the consumer protection network to addressing crisis management in a time of staff cuts and reduced budgets.

In the wake of the coalition government’s spending review the past few months have seen the dawn of job losses and some of the most challenging cuts to public services. The Consumer Minister Ed Davey is recording a speech to be played during the plenary: From spending review to the consumer landscape-tackling the changes ahead.

For the second year the two day event, jointly organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) and Local Government Regulations (LGR), aims to address the issues facing the regulatory service in the coming year. Included is a practical workshop Change management – time to grasp the nettle, which is run by Mike Green and Jagjivan Matharu, the authors of Making Sense of Change Management.

The event, taking place at the Barceló Hinckley Island Hotel Leicestershire, will be opened by the President of TSI, Baroness Christine Crawley. Speaking in a recent publication of TSI’s membership magazine TS Today, Baroness Crawley said: ‘It is a time of great difficulty for all public services, as uncertainty gives way to the cold reality of cuts, but I believe more than ever that trading standards is a service that needs the wholehearted support of local authority decision-makers and budget-holders.’

The audience, made up of delegates from each of the four partners involved, will hear from LBRO’s Chief Executive Graham Russell, Citizen Advice’s Director of Policy Teresa Perchard and the Office of Fair Trading’s Chief Executive John Fingleton as well as many other key spokespeople.
A special business meeting has been organised on the first day when representatives from the LBRO business panel will be meeting with leaders from the partnership to discuss important issues that will impact the operation of successful business, which is vitally important to the growth of the economy.

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)
TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.
TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses.  We are also supporting the delivery of initiatives such as the advice services Consumer Direct, UK ECC and UK ECCS.