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Trading Standards for businesses

Primary authority

Businesses can partner with a local authority for advice on how to comply with Trading Standards legislation.

We provide tailored ‘assured’ regulatory advice through both direct and co-ordinated Primary Authority partnerships, making it easier for your business to comply with the law and reduce your compliance costs.

The benefits of entering into a Primary Authority relationship with us are:

  • access to legally recognised advice which must be respected by all other regulators nationally
  • a single-point of contact with a qualified Trading Standards professional providing expertise relevant to your business
  • your allocated officer handles all incoming regulatory enquiries and supports you to address them
  • payment packages offering reduced hourly rates (compared to our standard hourly rate) which are also VAT exempt
  • reduction in business resource and time spent on compliance activities

Partner with us

Email us at trading.standards@essex.gov.uk to find out how you can benefit from a Primary Authority relationship with Essex.

For further information, see Primary Authority: a guide for businesses.

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