Business Information & Guidance

The Business Companion website provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation.

Primary Authority Partnerships (PAPs)

If your business operates across several counties or your product is distributed around the country, you can enter into a Primary Authority Partnership. We have a team of experienced officers who are here to make compliance easier for you. We understand that legislation can be complicated and time consuming and can offer you a range of services to help and support your business. Please complete our Enquiry Form and an officer will contact you to discuss your requirements.

For more information please refer to the PA page

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)

EU legislation provides a system for the protection of food names on a geographical or traditional recipe basis. The scheme highlights regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. Under this system a named food or drink registered at a European level will be given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU.

For more information please refer to the PGI page or complete our Enquiry Form and an officer will contact you to discuss your requirements.


Weights & Measures

The Trading Standards Service provides equipment verification and is a Notified Body for the purposes of verifying non-automatic automatic weighing instruments and liquid fuel and road tanker meter measuring systems under the Measuring Instruments Directive.  See our fees document for prices