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OFT REVOKES LICENCE OF LONDON BASED LENDERReddy Corporation Limited (Reddy) - a second charge lender based in Forest Hill - has had its credit licence revoked by the OFT. The licence was revoked after companies associated with Reddy and its owner, Mr Dharam Prakash Gopee (‘Mr Gopee’), were found to have engaged in widespread unlicensed trading.  They were also found to have engaged in unfair and improper business practices, including entering into credit agreements which were not in the correct...
28 Aug 2012
Following an eight week trial at Leeds Crown Court :Kirk Michael CLAUS  (Age 47) Slate Delf Farm, Cragg Vale, MytholmroydCraig FIRTH  (Age 51)18 Mossey Bank Close, Queensbury, BradfordMichael Barry ADAMS (Age 41)97 Crag Road, Windhill, ShipleyDavid Andrew INGHAM (Age 42) 45 Wallwood Avenue, HalifaxDavid Patrick KELLY (Age 28)3 Redbrow Hollow, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshireand Chequered Flag Car and Bike Sales Limited,were found guilty by a jury of conspiring to defraud customers of Chequered Flag Car Sales and other companies and businesses...
23 Aug 2012
The chief executive of TSI Ron Gainsford, the chairman of ACTSO Guy Pratt and and the chairman of NTSB David Collinson have issued the following joint statement in response to the Big Brother Watch surveillance report: “Trading Standards services within local authorities need access to communications data as a part of their essential work in protecting local communities and legitimate businesses.  “The Protection of Freedoms Act has now made it a legal obligation for local authorities to obtain an authorisation from...
23 Aug 2012
Suffolk has won a major bid to protect the UK’s borders from unsafe or illegal goods coming into the country from abroad.Over the next two years, Suffolk will receive almost £400,000 of government funding to host the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the UK’s border controls, monitoring non-food products arriving from outside the European Union.Suffolk Trading Standards secured the bid based on their extensive experience in this field. It means the Suffolk team taking a national role to ensure...
23 Aug 2012
An initiative to expose scam locksmith operations from the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has gained the support of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). To counter the lack of industry regulation - which has provided a fertile breeding ground for rogue traders -  the MLA’s two-pronged initiative includes funding the development of a nationally recognised locksmithing qualification and working to identify and report unscrupulous traders. The MLA has long been involved in bringing scam locksmiths to justice, with legal action being...
16 Aug 2012
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been successful in its bid to the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and will be receiving close to £215,000 in Lottery good cause cash to work with older people throughout Leeds and Bradford, raising awareness of scams, fraud and the hazards of doing business on the doorstep.  West Yorkshire Trading Standards is one of seven projects in Yorkshire and the Humber sharing over £1.8 million from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme, which aims to help those most...
16 Aug 2012
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) welcomes proposals to standardise tobacco packaging as the next logical and necessary step to help save lives.TSI has previously expressed support for a range of tobacco control measures where there has been evidence to demonstrate that regulatory interventions are necessary and proportionate to improve public health and protect children from harm.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “The harm to public health from tobacco use is so great that every possible means of reducing this harm...
15 Aug 2012
So you’re a shopaholic visiting another European country away from home? You’re desperate to know about everything from shop opening hours, when banks are open so that you can get your hands on your cash, shop pricing policies and your all-important consumer rights.But where do you look for help? Keen to soothe those shopping blues, consumer advice organisation UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) has launched a series of new European shopping guide leaflets to arm consumers shopping away from...
15 Aug 2012
A meeting of North Tyneside Council's Cabinet has confirmed the preferred bidders to take forward two packages of council services - delivering value for money for taxpayers and securing jobs.Balfour Beatty has been selected as the preferred partner for the business package which incorporates finance, procurement, revenues and benefits, ICT, Customer Services and Human Resources.And Capita Symonds is agreed as the preferred partner for a second technical package that incorporates property services, planning, engineering services and consumer protection and environmental...
15 Aug 2012
The Trading Standards Institute says consumers are entitled to compensation if they were sold tickets for seats which turned out to have a restricted view.The advice comes after media reports of premium tickets holders at the Aquatic Centre finding themselves unable to see diving events fully.Our civil law lead officer David Sanders said:  “Higher priced tickets in particular give rise to higher expectations – an unclear view of an event is more likely to constitute a breach of condition or...
13 Aug 2012