Trading Standards for Business
Local Trading Standards services provide protection for businesses and consumers across
the UK through enforcement, intervention and advice. In Scotland, they are currently
delivered by small teams within local councils.
Trading standards work to maintain a fair trading environment by supporting legitimate
business and addressing non-compliance. They have a role in helping local business to
ensure their long term economic sustainability, by protecting legitimate trade from rogue
traders and providing advice and support to enable them to trade fairly.
They offer guidance to businesses that request it and proactively deliver business advice to
traders when officers are undertaking normal duties. Local authority officers within each
council area have a knowledge of their local trade, which means that bespoke advice can be
offered for their exact requirements.
If you a business owner in need of advice from trading standards, you can contact your local
Use the Find Local Advice search tool to find your local trading standards service.