TSI's scams lead officer Graeme Preston is interviewed on Working Lunch,  BBC Two, at 13.30 on Wednesday 17 February about advertising scams targeting small businesses.
17 Feb 2010
New funding and initiatives were announced by the Consumer Minister in his key note speech, opening the first joint regulatory services Year Ahead conference with  a bang.Promises from last summer’s Consumer White Paper are beginning to take shape as Kevin Brennan MP made his commitment to trading standards clear and detailed a number of key developments:* New funding is to be made available to the Office of Fair Trading and trading standards services to create internet enforcement teams.   These cyber...
15 Feb 2010
TSI response (PDF 119KB). TSI supports the recommendations made in the Final Report of Lord Justice Jackson's Review of Civil Litigation Costs and welcomes the idea of a small claims track and a fast track (depending upon the monetary value of the claims being made), believing that they will benefit small and medium enterprises taking action.
11 Feb 2010
TSI response (PDF 147KB). TSI regrets that no direct reference to Trading Standards is made in the draft plan and points out that the Consumer Focus predecessor consumer organisations consistently championed the TS service. Indeed, in many ways, Consumer Focus and Trading Standards are striving for the ssame objectives.
9 Feb 2010
A Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation case concluded at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 8 February, finding that an online counterfeiter had benefited from his criminal conduct by £550,000. Mark Edwards, of Essex, sold on an online auction site from 2004 to 2007 fake goods including counterfeit Chanel sunglasses, Links of London jewellery, Jean Paul Gautier perfumes and other branded goods.He has been given six months to pay £38,600 – the value of his available assets.  If he fails to...
8 Feb 2010
The Trading Standards Institute has been joined by Andy Foster who took the new role of Operations Director on Monday 8 February.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: ‘This is a great development for TSI and I know Andy will be a fantastic asset for us, helping us grow and improve our commercial arm while strengthening our links with our membership and trading standards services across the country.’ Born and raised in Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire, Andy brings with him nearly 20 years...
8 Feb 2010
TSI response (PDF 131kb). TSI is encouraged to see several references and recognitions of OFT/Trading Standards interdependancy although there are some surprising omissions.
5 Feb 2010
Two car clockers have been jailed after an investigation by Leicestershire trading standards.Zubair Ansari and Sharif Uddin, who were PHD students at Loughborough University, have been sent to prison for a total of two and half years for conspiring to carry on fraudulent business.After trading standards received complaints from consumers who had purchased vehicles at various addresses in Loughborough and Sheffield, it was found that the men had purchased in excess of 40 vehicles from car auctions.  The cars were...
3 Feb 2010
Residents in London have been warned to be on their guard following reports of fake trading standards officers turning up on doorsteps to offer loft insulation grants.The alert comes from Redbridge trading standards who have received complaints of bogus callers visiting residents to discuss energy efficiency – a cash payment is then requested to enable the victim to get a loft insulation grant.Anyone suspicious about a cold caller should take down as many details as possible, including their vehicle registration...
3 Feb 2010
Angus trading standards department has been honoured at the first Scottish Policing Awards for their work to fight off doorstep crime.The commended award in the category of public reassurance and community safety was given to Tayside  Police  Eastern Division and Partners, which includes Neighbourhood Watch, Angus social work  and health, and Angus care and repair together with the trading standards  service .The gong was a culmination of four years of partnership working on the Doorstoppers initiative. Senior trading standards officer Brian...
1 Feb 2010