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TSI response (PDF 112KB). TSI considers that the content and presentation of the draft guide to compliance is clear and easily understood. 
15 Jul 2013
A Manchester firm ripping off traders to the tune of hundreds of pounds has come to the attention of Croydon Council’s trading standards department. Officers are warning local businesses to treat with extreme caution any advances from a company called MJP Design, based at 24 St Margaret’s Road, New Moston, Manchester. The trading standards team has learned that callers from MJP contact small businesses and offer advertising in what they refer to as a crime-prevention magazine. Enquiries by the team have revealed...
10 Jul 2013
The UK’s first extended warranties price comparison website has been launched today following action by the OFT.The new website will make it much easier to shop around and compare extended warranties for a wide range of domestic electrical goods. With providers on the site covering around 75 per cent of UK extended warranty sales, shoppers will have improved information on the choice of deals at their fingertips, helping them to find the best deal.  Household names Argos and Dixons, two of the...
10 Jul 2013
Lord Heseltine, author of the influential 'No Stone Unturned' report, has chaired an Independent Challenge Panel of trading standards professionals and stakeholders. The panel came together to develop a remit for the second National Trading Standards Conversation. The decision to hold a second 'conversation'* comes as local authorities and trading standards face further austerity cuts, whilst the work of trading standards remain crucial to the economy's recovery. Providing a huge opportunity for stakeholders and top trading standards influencers to have their...
10 Jul 2013
Government plans to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses from late 2015 need to be more clearly and tightly defined, says the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today.Launching the Wild Animals in Circuses report, Committee Chair, Anne McIntosh MP, said: "The Committee agrees with the Government that the days when it was appropriate to have animals like lions or elephants travelling with circuses are long past, but the ban proposed in draft legislation goes too far...
9 Jul 2013
A fraudulent gas fitter who operated in the Portsmouth area has been sentenced to 13 months in jail and handed a seven year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).  Keith Winning (42), formerly of Green Farm Gardens, Portsmouth, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court today (28 June), following a joint investigation by Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire Constabulary.He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud, and a further count relating to misusing the Checkatrade.com logo in his adverts, for which he received...
8 Jul 2013
An investigation by the Trading Standards department of Bridgend County Borough Council has led to the prosecution of a local man for possessing illicit and counterfeit cigarettes. Jamie Balint of Bron-Y-Waun, Garth, Maesteg was found guilty at Newport Crown Court of the possession of 79,180 illicit ‘White’ cigarettes and 101 packets of counterfeit Golden Virginia tobacco. He was prosecuted under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and Consumer Protection Act 1987 and received a 51 week prison sentence suspended for two years, 280...
5 Jul 2013
TSI response (PDF 128KB). TSI generally agrees with the proposed legislation.
5 Jul 2013
Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Police are joining forces to crack down on so-called legal highs being supplied in Cumbria.  The use of novel psychoactive substances or ‘legal highs’ can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families, yet many are sold in shops on our high streets or over the internet. Unfortunately the law does not provide a simple way to tackle the growing phenomenon of ‘legal highs’, but Trading Standards and the Police are working together to share...
4 Jul 2013
Baroness Crawley, President of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), has called for the government to protect local regulatory services in light of the recent round of spending cuts directed at local authorities.  In a debate held in the House of Lords on Thursday 27 June, Baroness Crawley claimed that while not always in the public eye, their 'behind-the-scenes' preventative nature makes them essential to economic growth."My Lords, this is an unashamed shout-out for those local services that protect our citizens across...
1 Jul 2013