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Trading Standards Accredited Checks 

Trading Standards Accredited is not a scheme where applicants simply pay their fee and are automatically allowed to join.

When a business applies trading standards check:

  • The business is based at the address given.

  • The business deals with customers who are ordinary members of the public. Businesses that trade exclusively with other businesses are not eligible to join.
  • The business has been trading for a minimum of six months or has a trading history with a previous business that we can verify.

  • Previous history to see if there have been any trading standards complaints about the business in the past two years. Any complaints are carefully assessed to see whether the applicant is suitable to join.

  • The name and home address of all the people involved in running the business. If the applicant is a limited company we check the information they have given us matches the records kept by Companies House.
  • If the business claims to hold any professional registrations or memberships we check with the relevant organisation to make sure the registrations are current and the claims are correct.
  • If the business claims to carry out gas or electrical work we check they have the required legal accreditations.
  • The business has current relevant insurance(s) – public liability insurance, employers liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance.
  • We ask the business to disclose any civil court judgements (CCJ’s) and previous convictions. They must also tell us about current legal proceedings which may be underway.
  • If the applicant has a website we check it complies with legal requirements and doesn’t make any misleading claims about the business.
  • Applicants must agree to abide by our Code of Practice and accept responsibility for any sub-contractors that they use.
  • On-going monitoring is carried out in addition to ‘spot checks’ on membership claims, insurances etc.