July 28, 2016
Rochdale Online reported on the scheme, which aims to “recognise trustworthy companies”, and businesses signed up to the national scheme can display the ‘Buy with Confidence’ logo on their products to “show they have been recognised as operating in a legal, honest and fair way”, while their products will also be found on a national database “approved by Trading Standards”.
The scheme’s website highlights that through membership, it can offer “detailed listings for your business on this publicly-available website, access to standard documentation, legislative advice and promotional materials (including your membership certificate and window and van stickers), access to feedback provided by the public about your service, and stats relating to the number of visits to your area of the site”.
Both consumers and businesses can search for other members of the scheme “by trade sector and/or geographical area”, with the scheme adding that “probably our biggest selling point is, you will be Trading Standards-approved and have the advantage of direct access to Trading Standards via the local authority based scheme operators. Buy With Confidence is administered by local authority Trading Standards Services directly, and is not outsourced”.
The first company to join in the Rochdale area, in May, was moving and storage company Littleborough Removals, with Kleen Strike the second company to sign up in early July. The remanufacturer has traded for 34 years now, with Director Laura Heywood said to have “welcomed wholeheartedly” the new scheme from the government body.
She added: “A scheme like this has been needed since I started the business; something to help know which companies to buy from and which to rely on. It’s important to buy locally and to know which new companies have been approved by Trading Standards.”
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