Tag: trading standards

It’s DIY time – so beware of doorstep sales and deals

By on 25/04/2017 in Blog with 0 Comments

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director of Place, urges people to be vigilant as rogue traders could be knocking on your door as the bank holidays – and DIY season – approaches. While many people look to make improvements to their homes over the spring and summer – be it gardening, double glazing or roof work – […]

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Trading Standards to vet traders for national scheme

By on 06/03/2017 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

A new partnership between Birmingham City Council and the approved trader scheme No Rogue Traders Here was officially launched today (6 March 2017). Under a new national partnership agreement, Birmingham’s Trading Standards team will now vet any traders in England who wish to be listed on the website www.noroguetradershere.com. Through this arrangement, No Rogue Traders […]

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Hajj travel firm boss jailed for 14 months for fraud

By on 01/02/2017 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

The director of a Hajj travel firm was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (31 January 2017). Birmingham City Council brought the prosecution following a joint operation between Birmingham Trading Standards and the City of London Police, in Tameside, Greater Manchester on 20 April 2015, assisted […]

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Beware: The 12 Cons of Christmas

By on 12/12/2016 in News with 0 Comments

Christmas is a time for giving, but people are being warned that for some unscrupulous individuals and firms it is a time for conning. To help shoppers avoid scams and tricksters, Birmingham City Council’s trading standards team is reminding them of the 12 cons of Christmas. Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing […]

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Are you ‘switched on’ to your consumer rights?

By on 25/11/2016 in News with 0 Comments

Trading Standards officers from Birmingham City Council will host a series of roadshows across the city promoting shoppers’ rights, as part of National Consumer Week, from next Monday (28 November). A third of all safety-related complaints Birmingham’s Trading Standards team receives are about electrical goods – from hairdryers to washer dryers, smart TVs to fridge […]

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Hajj travel firm ordered to pay nearly £45,000

By on 22/11/2016 in News with 0 Comments

A Birmingham-based Hajj travel company and its directors were ordered to pay a total of £44,484 at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (21 November 2016). Al-Hashmi Hajj and Umrah Tours Limited, based at 40 Trinity Road, Aston, was found guilty of seven offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (2008) at an earlier hearing (11 […]

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Trading Standards officers seize 17 cars in Birmingham operation

By on 15/11/2016 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham Trading Standards officers have seized 17 vehicles from a used car trader in the city. The inspection came as a result of an intelligence review of all used car complaints received by the service. A significant number of complaints related to a business operating from the Sparkhill area, which was offering for sale used vehicles suspected […]

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Suspected illicit cigarette factory smoked out

By on 14/11/2016 in News with 0 Comments

A suspected illicit cigarette-processing factory has been dismantled in Birmingham during a raid led by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The machinery is believed to be capable of producing 35 million cigarettes a month, at a potential cost to taxpayers of almost £138 million in lost duty and taxes a year. HMRC officers, working with […]

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Car dealer fined for selling unsafe vehicle

By on 27/10/2016 in News with 0 Comments

A Birmingham car dealer has been ordered to pay nearly £3,000 after admitting selling an unroadworthy vehicle. Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today (October 27), both CIA Motors Ltd, based in Warwick Road, Tyseley, and its director, Sohail Ahmed, 34, of Waverley Road, Small Heath, admitted five offences relating to a Skoda Superb, under the […]

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Officers seize over 120,000 illegal cigarettes in raids across Birmingham

By on 24/10/2016 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Illegal cigarettes worth £27,661 have been seized by trading standards officers in a series of planned raids on 12 shops across Birmingham. This was an intelligence led exercise where reports had been received that illegal tobacco and cigarettes was being supplied. Teams of officers targeted shops in Handsworth, Alum Rock, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath. Birmingham […]

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