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Trading Standards law

It's really important that you comply with Trading Standards law so you don't get into any legal difficulties with your business. However, it's not always easy to sort through all the regulations, so we're going to point you in the right direction for support.

You will learn

  • Why Trading Standards laws are important
  • How Councils can help your business

Trading Standards law protects the customer, but it is also useful to remember that compliance and a good understanding of your responsibilities and rights under the legislation will also help to protect your business. Compliance can also enhance your reputation as a business that has the interests of its customers at its heart.

How Councils can help your business

Trading standards legislation can be complex and consequently it is highly advisable that you contact the service for help. The trading standards service provides advice for businesses and is responsible for enforcing laws covering the safety, descriptions and pricing of products and services. Their aim is "safeguarding consumers, supporting legitimate trade".

What do they offer?

  • Comprehensive advice
  • Published guidance to advise businesses on a variety of topics.
  • Specialist trader advice
  • Advice to businesses on the Consumer Rights
  • Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses

Further information

Contact the appropriate Authority where your business is located:

City of York Council Trading Standards (City of York)

Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Phone: (01904) 551525 email:

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards (Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Selby, Scarborough, Craven Councils):

Unit 4-5, Thornfield Business Park, Standard Way, Northallerton, DL6 2XQ

phone: (01609) 534868 email:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Trading Standards (Covering - Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Pocklington and Skirlaugh)

County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA

Phone: (01482) 393939 or (01482) 887700 and ask for a specific member of staff


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Written by:

Simon King

Growth Hub Manager

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