Business advice

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


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, we're here to help you understand the legislation affecting:

  • the goods you produce
  • or services you deliver,
  • and to point you in the right direction.

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 that we may not be able to advise on certain business to business contracts, and you may need to seek specialist legal advice. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements or visit our Business Regulatory Support website for more information.

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.

Business Advice Leaflets

Please use the links 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:

Chartered Trading Standards institute

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.

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