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Trading Standards for Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service advises and supports businesses to grow and develop, works to protect consumers and the economy by ensuring legal and honest trading, and offers services to other local authorities. We also support the agriculture industry to ensure good animal health and welfare.

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service is commissioned by Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay councils.

What is on offer

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service provides a range of services to help you develop your business and comply with regulations. To get you started, on their website you can find free, in-depth self-help guides covering a wide range of common issues. For advice tailored to your business, they offer paid-for services.

Buy With Confidence logoBuy with Confidence

Become trading standards approved. Are you a business that customers can trust? Find out more about our approved trader scheme and use our badge of approval to let people know you’re a business consumers can have confidence in.

Buy With Confidence is a scheme through which businesses are vetted by trading standards and, once members, can use the logo to show customers they are ‘Trading Standards Approved’. Tailored trading standards advice is included in the membership. 

Devon businesses can extend their Buy With Confidence membership to be part of Made in Devon.


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