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Advice to Business

Who can help?

The legislation governing trading in the EU is complex and lengthy. Therefore, a wide variety of self-help guidance and information is available from several sources:

  • For inclusive and ‘tailorable’ or ‘bespoke’ online business advice, try the national service called ERWIN or 'Everything Regulation, Whenever It's Needed' 

  • Business Link is a government funded organisation that provides practical advice and support for businesses.

  • The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) also had a section devoted to advising businesses about Fair Trading regulations.
  • The Trading Standards Institute (TSI)offers a wide range of self-help advice and leaflets.

If your questions cannot be answered through any of the above sources, please do contact us. Email: business@bedford.gov.uk

or telephone 01237 718099.

 

ERWIN

The ERWIN website has been created to ensure that you get the Trading Standards information that is relevant to your particular business. 

ERWIN is the national one-stop web site for all your Trading Standards business related information. Guidance on all aspects of Trading Standards issues can be found here and with links to a number of relevant resources on the web, ERWIN ensures that you can find all the information you need. The site provides interpreted, simplified and prioritised information, which covers all major Trading Standards legislation.

Let ERWIN do the hard work for you. Simply choose your business type and receive tailored advice or enter a keyword in the document search.

Additional regulatory services guidance for businesses will be available on the website, with Environmental Health related guidance coming soon . . . . .

 

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Business Link

To read about your wider legal duties, you can visit the Business Link website  (new window). Business Link is a government funded organisation that provides practical advice and support for businesses.

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Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

Understanding the laws that affect you is an important part of running a successful business. The OFT website offers a quick guide to the main rules covering how you sell, how you treat your customers and how you compete.

You can find out about:

 

For more detail, see the legal powers (new window) area of the OFT website. If you have any doubts about how the law applies to your business, you should seek professional legal advice.

Beyond the competition and consumer laws the OFT enforces, there are other regulations that might affect your business, for example, relating to health and safety, employment and the standard of your products and services.

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Guidance notes and leaflets

Guidance notes and leaflets on the various areas of Trading Standards law are available from the Trading Standards Institute website. (new window)

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Environment

Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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