Torbay Trading Standards along with, Devon & Somerset have been nationally recognised by the Government.
The recognition is for being the best Service of its kind in the UK for its support of local businesses.
Regulatory Excellence Business Support Award
The service was awarded the Regulatory Excellence Business Support Award by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in London.
The event took place on Wednesday 20th June and showcased the support local authorities give to local traders.
This support includes ensuring local traders don’t fall foul of regulations and have the support they need to grow, prosper and create jobs.
Working with partners
The Trading Standards Service works closely with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Torbay Trading Standards have built a growing reputation as a centre of excellence for business support.
Trading standards are also a key member of highlighted initiatives including the BBfA.
They also implement other schemes such as the Buy With Confidence and the local and national approved trader scheme.
Torbay Trading STANDARDS help consumers
Trading standards are also seeing a significant increase in businesses contracting them about specific areas of regulation.
As well as helping businesses, the service has not lost sight of its consumer protection role.
All Trading Standards teams across Torbay, Devon and Somerset retain a strong investigative capacity to deal with serious crime and breaches in legislation.
Paul Thomas, Head of Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards said:
I’m delighted that the service has been recognised for its work. We have built excellent working relationships across the region with colleagues both in local authorities and in the business community.
We put businesses at the centre of our service and the team has made a real impact by improving the way regulation is delivered, received and by changing the way that regulators are viewed.