Business Advice

We know it's a daunting task to run a business. There is a lot to think about - finance, business plan, employment laws, income tax, health and safety. The list is endless but don't forget trading laws.

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding one, Trading Standards is here to help you understand the legislation affecting the goods you produce or services you deliver, and to point you in the right direction.

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If you think your business might need assistance with:

  • Food labelling
  • Product safety
  • Pricing
  • Trade descriptions
  • Animal health and livestock moving requirements
  • Consumer Credit licensing
  • Weights and Measures, or
  • any other consumer protection laws

...then we can help. If you are a business based in Cornwall and would like further information, support or guidance, our specialist team is always on hand to assist. We offer free signposting advice. Specialist tailored advice is available on a cost recovery basis.

Please note we do not give advice on breach of business to business contracts, for this you will need to seek legal assistance.

Why not contact us today on 0300 1234 212 or businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk to discuss your business needs

We are always pleased to help you to get it right.

Please use the following pages which contain guidance notes, produced by both ourselves and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, that are designed to help you understand the legislation relevant to your business and ease your compliance burden. We trust you will find them useful.

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

The guidance is divided up into 15 broad 'Quick Guides' and each one contains a number of more detailed 'In-depth Guides'.

There may be rules you are not aware of, so make sure you explore the site thoroughly.