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Advice for businesses

Useful advice and information to help traders and businesses stay on the right side of the law.

Laws applying to traders

A summary of the laws that traders should know about.

Offering consumer credit

Find out how to get authorisation so your business can offer credit.

Age-restricted goods

Find out how old consumers have to be to buy age-restricted goods and how to ensure you are not selling to an under-age customer.

Age restriction advice for alcohol retailers

Steps we suggest retailers take to prevent the sale of alcohol to under-age customers.

Advice for retailers about their customers' rights

A list of FAQs about common shopping problems for businesses.

Advice about selling fruits and vegetables

The law requires that fruits and vegetables are sold to consumers in a particular way.

The law applying to licensed premises

Laws you have to comply with when running a licensed premises.

Trading standards – advice for businesses

Useful advice and information to help traders and businesses stay on the right side of the law.

Safety of goods in let and rented accommodation

Under the Consumer Protection Act, goods supplied to consumers must be safe.

Trading standards inspections and your rights

Information about our powers to carry out a Trading Standards inspection and your rights as a trader being inspected.​

Entering into contracts with consumers

Rules you have to bear in mind when entering into contracts with consumers.