Primary Authority Partnerships

We can protect you legally across the whole country by giving you ‘assured advice’ as part of a Primary Authority Partnership.

This partnership is an ongoing relationship between us and your business and if you follow the advice we provide on Trading Standards legislation, this cannot be challenged by another enforcement body. This provides protection from challenge by another enforcement body.

Many businesses dealing in complex areas of law find this a valuable guarantee and there are now over 2,000 individual businesses enjoying the benefit of a Primary Authority Partnership and more than 15,000 taking advantage of the scheme through trade associations. Also, businesses participating in the scheme do not have to deal with Trading Standards enquiries directly, instead we will receive all enquiries, many of which will be dealt with without you having to be involved.

We will develop a thorough knowledge of your business and can ensure that you are fully compliant with the law and have robust systems to ensure that this position is maintained. We are therefore able to confidently assure colleagues across the country that your products and services are legal and trustworthy.

If you choose to enter into a partnership, you can use this in your marketing as a demonstration of your commitment to high standards of legal compliance, quality products and exemplary customer service.

The Primary Authority Partnership scheme is administered by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Regulatory Delivery section, which must approve each partnership.

Registration on the scheme is simple and ongoing advice and support is competitively-priced.

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