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About Trading Standards

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What we do

Trading standards officers enforce a wide range of legislation to make Nottinghamshire a better trading environment. We use information received to focus our attention on the Trading Standards issues causing the most problems to our communities. We support legitimate businesses to help them trade well and act quickly to tackle issues compromising consumer safety. Our officers work with other agencies to target enforcement action against rogue traders and to protect our most vulnerable residents. We play an important role in managing the health and welfare of the county's livestock.

National Trading Standards

We work in partnership with National Trading Standards. National Trading Standards was set up in 2012 by the Government as part of changes to the consumer protection landscape. National Trading Standards' role is to provide leadership, influence, support and resources to local Trading Standards services to help combat consumer and business detriment nationally, regionally and locally. National Trading Standards bring together trading standards representatives from England and Wales to prioritise, fund and coordinate national and regional enforcement cases. Visit the National Trading Standards website for more information. 

For businesses

Do you need specialist business advice and help interpreting and complying with trading standards legislation? If so, we can help. We enforce over 60 acts of Parliament and over 1000 UK and European Regulations covering many areas of business.

Visit the business advice section for more information.

For the community

Trading standards officers undertake regular inspections, investigations, test purchases, surveys, verifications and sampling to ensure traders' compliance with trading standards legislation. Where necessary, serious contraventions are reported, which can result in legal action being taken by the service against the trader/individual.

We work in partnership with the Citizens Advice Consumer Service who provide free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. They can help if advice is needed about resolving an issue or a dispute with a retailer or trader. They can also provide advice before you purchase goods or pay for services.

Visit the consumer advice section for more information.

Approved Trader Scheme

Our approved trader scheme provides you with a list of reputable local businesses checked by Trading Standards.

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