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TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI points out that most shops selling alcohol also sell other age-restricted products such as tobacco and maybe fireworks or butane gas. The impact of the measures put forward in this consultation may therefore be of wider benefit in improving public health within communities. Recent changes in the delivery of public health provide a very real opportunity for new ways of working, strengthening the links between public health and regulatory services such as trading standards and licensing...
29 Jul 2014
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is working with the UK Border Force to prevent the importation of illegal and dangerous products, including cancer causing cosmetics, at the Parcelforce International Postal Hub, located at Coventry Airport, Bagington.Warwickshire Trading Standards was awarded funding by the National Trading Standards Board to carry out this important work, protecting consumers, not just in Warwickshire, but across the UK. All parcels carried by Royal Mail and weighing between 2 kg - 30 kg, arriving in the...
25 Jul 2014
First-ever digital issue features special Conference highlights video and additional interactive contentTS Today, TSI’s flagship magazine for the trading standards profession, has officially gone digital.From the August issue, readers can view a new version of the magazine that is specially designed to look great on desktops, tablets and smartphones. A dedicated TS Today magazine app is also available in Apple’s App Store.The new version of the magazine features a number of interactive elements including videos, audio content and pop-up ‘read...
24 Jul 2014
Carol Brady has been appointed the new chairman of Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) Board of Directors. Taking over from former chairman Harold Gay on 19 July, Brady is excited to begin work on policy management and key business decisions.Brady said: “I am delighted to take up this chance of leading such a vital organisation at this challenging and exciting time. I look forward to working with the board and executive in representing the interests of the trading standards profession nationally...
23 Jul 2014
A new consumer redress scheme which will provide free, fair and an independent service for dealing with disputes between registered estate agents and home buyers/sellers, has been approved.The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has formally approved an application by HF Resolution Ltd to run a consumer redress scheme under the Estate Agents Act 1979.The Property Redress Scheme will join the two existing redress schemes that provide a free, fair and independent service for dealing with unresolved disputes between registered...
22 Jul 2014
Handy with a video camera? Fancy yourself as a budding Spielberg? A competition to produce a video short could put you on the right path – and land you a handy £1,000 prize into the bargain.Launched by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), the competition invites amateur videographers, media students, filmmakers and directors to create a 90-second Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders informational video. Each entry should encourage people to prevent neighbours, family and friends falling victim to exploitative doorstep traders. Councillor Mark...
22 Jul 2014
TSI response (PDF 166KB). TSI states that the draft ACOP provides clear guidance on the methods of compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations which should help petrol tanker operators, drivers, and site operators. 
22 Jul 2014
A trader in Romford has been fined nearly £2,000 after Havering Council received complaints that children were being sold cigarettes from a burger van.Mrs Karen Pardon (Heather Gardens, Romford) of K & P Foods, was fined £250 per offence, ordered to pay £1,000 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £75, a total of £1,825 at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 11 July.Mrs Pardon pleaded guilty to three offences, one for the sale of a tobacco product to an underage...
18 Jul 2014
The Trading Standards Institute supports the new Which? undercover investigation, revealing high street retailers fitting child car seats incorrectly as they expose the serious failings and potentially dangerous mistakes that could put lives at risk. Which? sent car seat fitting experts undercover into 42 stores across the UK to ask staff to fit two different car seats. Of the stores they visited, 90% failed to fit our car seats correctly. Only four managed to fit both our car seats properly and...
18 Jul 2014
Two men have been sentenced to three years each for operating a global import and export business which had an estimated £17m of counterfeit goods seized by Brent Council’s Trading Standards team in what is thought to be the largest ever haul by Trading Standards anywhere in the UK.   Nirmon Grover, 44, of Lady Margaret Road in Southall, and Ajit Arura, 36, of Commercial Road in Newport, who operated Grover International Limited from a storage unit in Alperton, pleaded guilty at...
16 Jul 2014