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Primary Authority - Protect your business

At Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards we understand the risks that businesses face. In particular, having another enforcement authority challenge you (even though you think you have done the right thing) can be worrying, costly and damaging to your public image.

The Primary Authority Scheme addresses these concerns by giving a statutory status to advice received from a local authority partner. Provided the business is in partnership with that authority and has followed the advice, the law now prevents other authorities from challenging that business. 

So, if for example you sell garden equipment and receive “assured advice” that a particular hedge cutter is not subject to age restrictions, you know you won’t face enforcement action from other authorities who decide to try and “test purchase” these items using a child.

In the same way, if you are manufacturing toys or cosmetics, you can receive assured advice on the processes that you use.  That way, if another enforcement authority challenges these processes you will have the assurance that you won’t need to spend time and money changing them because the processes will have been “assured” by us.

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards offer an award winning Primary Authority (PA) service across Trading Standards, Environmental Health and fire safety legislation. Your business doesn’t need to be based in Buckinghamshire or Surrey to enter into a partnership with us.

We have extensive experience in offering both ‘direct’ and ‘co-ordinated’ PA partnerships, (which allow participation to businesses in trade associations and franchisees). Our PA partners include both large and small businesses including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Shell, Esso, British Gas, Waitrose, Toyota and the Association of Convenience Stores.

Buckinghamshire and Surrey offer a range of partnerships to suit your needs. Please see our webpage: Fees, timescales and payments for business advice for more information.

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