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The Value of Trading Standards - A showcase of excellence, innovation and best practice

The Value of Trading Standards - A showcase of excellence, innovation and best practice

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) presents The Value of Trading Standards - A showcase of excellence, innovation and best practice, a guide showcasing the diligent work of trading standards services to national and local authority decision makers.

It’s no small feat that, despite challenging cuts to finances and resources, trading standards services up and down the country continue to carry out extraordinary work to protect the public and advise businesses. The Value of Trading Standards – A showcase of excellence, innovation and best practice will feature examples and case studies of projects submitted by local authority trading standards services.

The guide, which is supported by the Local Government Association (LGA), launched at CTSI’s annual Symposium. A selection of contributing organisations and services also took to the stage during two bespoke Plenary sessions where they outlined their projects, the benefits brought, and offered advice to other authorities with similar projects.

Chief Executive of CTSI, Leon Livermore, said: “It is my hope that The Value of Trading Standards will demonstrate to councillors and decision makers the true worth of trading standards, enabling them to better understand the profession and its value. My gratitude goes out to the dedicated trading standards professionals who contributed.”

The Value of Trading Standards is produced with the support of the Local Government Association. Following the launch at Symposium, representatives from CTSI will showcase the guide at the annual LGA Conference in Birmingham, which will take place 3-5 July 2018.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “This new guide is an excellent reminder of the important contribution that trading standards makes to tackling a range of local and national issues. We hope this will be a useful tool for councillors to better understand the breadth of work Trading Standards undertakes and the role the service plays in both to support local businesses and keep the public safe.”

Both the guide and plenary will offer local authority trading standards services the chance to gain positive publicity for their authority at a national level, highlighting that their professional body recognises the excellent work that they’ve conducted.

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