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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL TRADING STANDARDS DEPARTMENT

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From Accountants to Web Designers - We've Got Members You Can Trust
Buy With Confidence - Local businesses approved by Trading Standards

April, 2008 - Trading Standards South East (TSSE) today announced a promotional programme to help increase awareness and boost membership of their ground-breaking Buy With Confidence scheme. Consumers and businesses are set to see and hear a great deal more about the only Trading Standards approved scheme to promote and support good, reliable, local businesses; and to improve consumer protection by providing the public with a choice of local businesses they can trust.

Regional radio, press and online advertising along with a range of local promotional initiatives, will all feature the real benefits to consumers and businesses of using or becoming members of the scheme. From local endorsement, promotion and support for member businesses through to reducing the risk of rogue traders ripping off consumers, the Buy With Confidence scheme makes perfect sense.

"We've had great success in growing the membership and use of the scheme since it launched in the south east nearly 10 years ago," says Michele Manson, who heads up the Trading Standards team responsible for the Buy With Confidence scheme in Surrey. "But we hope this campaign will get us to the next level and increase the number of quality businesses involved and make our website and phone number the first choice for consumers looking for local contacts, whatever the job, big or small."

The Buy With Confidence scheme is the only one run by local Trading Standards Officers and includes a wide range of business types - almost 1,500 in the south east - from accountants to yacht charters, architects to web designers and a host of home improvement businesses and motor traders. That means all members are carefully checked and approved by Trading Standards.

The Buy With Confidence scheme has two primary aims: to promote and support good, reliable, local businesses; and to improve consumer protection by providing the public with a choice of businesses they can trust - and it doesn't cost consumers a thing.

More information on the Buy With Confidence scheme, for consumers or potential new members, is available by calling 08454 04 05 06 or online at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk where a searchable database of member businesses is available.

Buy With Confidence - local businesses approved by Trading Standards.

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Peter Denyer, Headley Village Website 2006