Trading Standards to vet traders for national scheme

By on 06/03/2017 in News, Partnerships
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Kevin Croke, of No Rogue Traders Here, and Sajeela Naseer, Head of Trading Standards, launch Birmingham’s Primary Authority Partnership.

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 Here will inform the Trading Standards team of businesses looking to be registered in the scheme. These will then be thoroughly checked to ensure there are no issues relating to civil or criminal complaints made to trading standards about the business. No Rogue Trader Here also conduct comprehensive checks – including the trader’s identity and qualifications plus bankruptcy, credit and other background checks.

In doing so consumers using the website and telephone number will be able to search for relevant tradespeople, confident they businesses listed are reputable.

A Primary Authority Partnership Agreement allows businesses to have a single a point of contact for regulatory matters by forming a statutory partnership with a local authority or fire and rescue service.

Sajeela Naseer, Head of Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council, said: “Our officers already work closely with No Rogue Traders Here, but under this new partnership agreement they will be involved in vetting the business background of any tradesman or business in England that wants to be registered on their database.

“Rogue traders prey on vulnerable members of society, who can end up paying vast sums of money for work which is often substandard, unnecessary or overpriced – so we are happy to be working in partnership with No Rogue Traders Here to protect consumers across the country, not just the West Midlands.”

Kevin Croke, co-ordinator of No Rogue Traders Here, said: “We launched our database in 2012 and we’ve worked closely with Birmingham City Council from day one. Their Trading Standards service helped set us off in the right direction and we now work directly with five other local authorities.

“No Rogue Traders Here is not just a list of goods and services but more a consumer protection service, where we monitor jobs on an ongoing basis. Consumers know that every individual or company on our books has been through a rigorous background checking procedure and vetted by Trading Standards before they can join the scheme.”

Consumers can find businesses checked and verified by Birmingham’s Trading Standards team on the No Rogue Traders Here website – www.noroguetradershere.com

Traders wishing to be added this database can apply for a listing – call 0800 233 5000 or via the website.

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Notes to editors:

Primary Authority Partnership Agreements allow businesses to be involved in their own regulation – enabling them to form a statutory partnership with one local authority or fire and rescue authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other local regulators to take into account when carrying out inspections or addressing non-compliance.

The business can decide what level of support it requires, and the resourcing of partnerships is a matter for the parties concerned. A primary authority can recover its costs.

Primary Authority is administered by Regulatory Delivery, which exercises the statutory responsibility for its operation on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, nominating partnerships, issuing guidance, and resolving determinations.

These agreements can cover broad or specific areas of environmental health, fire safety, licensing and trading standards legislation. The aim is to ensure that local regulation is consistent at a national level and sufficiently flexible to address local circumstances.

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