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Business advice

We provide advice and support to assist businesses in complying with Trading Standards and consumer legislation.

Free guidance

The Business Companion website provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about Trading Standards and consumer protection legislation, including animal health and welfare. It includes information on the basics, as well as a series of quick guides each broken down into a number of more detailed in-depth guides.

We have also produced some information and advice sheets for businesses based on local need, around subject areas including food, product safety, weights and measures and age-restricted products.

Detailed advice, guidance and specific queries

If you require more comprehensive advice than that provided on the Business Companion website, or if you would like an officer to answer a specific query in regard to your business, our trading standards officers can be contacted as follows:

We can only offer advice to Nottinghamshire businesses and our Primary Authority partners, and only deal with contraventions that take place in Nottinghamshire. The above contact details cannot be used for consumer complaints.

If your query is relatively simple and we are able to answer it there and then, we may be able to do so free of charge. There will be a charge for more detailed advice.


We offer two options for chargeable advice and guidance:

  • pay as you go - you can ask for a quote each time and pay as and when you need the advice
  • Primary Authority Partnership - as part of a Primary Authority Partnership, we can offer a bespoke package of advice and support for businesses that operate in more than one local authority area, when you form a partnership with us.

Find out more about the business advice we offer and Primary Authority Partnerships, including charges, in these leaflets:

Business Watch

To help tackle business crime, Nottinghamshire Police, working in partnership with other agencies including Trading Standards, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing business crime and the fear of crime. The aim is to make Nottinghamshire one of the most prosperous, crime-free counties in the country.

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