Businesses and consumers set to benefit from scheme which promotes fair trading
Shared Regulatory Services has become the latest regulator to join the Buy with Confidence scheme, which tells consumers which local businesses have given their commitment to trading fairly
August 2nd, 2019
Business across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan will be able to apply to join the scheme, which is run by local Trading Standards Services in over 50 Local Authorities across the UK.
In order to successfully join, businesses are audited by SRS’s Trading Standards team and undergo a series of detailed checks before being approved as a member. Membership of the scheme is not given lightly, as each applicant undergoes financial checks, has their complaints history reviewed and good references are required from previous customers.
Businesses must agree to abide by the scheme’s code of conduct, which requires them to follow the letter and spirit of the law.
Cllr Eddie Williams, Chair of the Joint Committe for Shared Regulatory Services said:
“The major benefit of this scheme is that all Buy With Confidence members are verified by a Trading Standards professional as part of the application process, and continue to be monitored for their quality of service whilst members of the scheme.
“This gives consumers within our region and beyond the confidence to choose a reliable and trustworthy trader who is committed to trading fairly.“The scheme gives businesses a formal approval by Trading Standards, which has the potential to increase customer numbers. It’s a win-win situation, and we’re proud to be involved because the scheme has huge benefits for the local economy and it will give residents somewhere to turn when looking for a trader”.
The first business to join the scheme within the region is N.A.C Property Clearance, based in Porthcawl. The owner of the business, Mark Parry said:
“I consider myself to be a trustworthy trader with an open and transparent relationship with my customers, so I saw the Buy with Confidence scheme as a perfect way to be able to prove my credentials.
“The advice I’ve received from SRS’s Trading Standards professionals as part of the application process has helped me massively, and it’s reassuring to know that I can call an officer for advice when I need it.
“Having an ‘Approved by Trading Standards’ logo on my website and my documents has already had a really positive impact on my business.”
If you are proud of your business and want to apply to advertise as approved by Trading Standards, visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk to find out more.