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Trading standards legislation

Trading Standards
Simon King
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In this article you’ll learn

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

Trading Standards legislation 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) (Covering York area)

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


Further Information

Business Companion

Online and Distance Selling for Businesses

The National Measurement and regulation office

Call to action to download a free business regulations guide to help you meet trading standards legislation


Trading Standards legislation can seem like a complex topic to handle, but they're important to understand as they can protect both your business and customers. For guidance on legislation, you should speak to your local council.