Trading Standards scheme operators

Kent County Council (KCC) Trading Standards can carry out background checks on businesses that want to be part of the approved trader or business schemes, giving them Trading Standards accreditation.

This gives consumers in Kent a choice of businesses they can rely on to act lawfully and legitimately, particularly those who are more vulnerable.

Scheme operators or trade organisations can apply for their members to be certified by Trading Standards. The scheme operator must carry out minimum checks on their members, which includes:

  • their identity
  • their address
  • any accreditation and qualifications they have
  • that the business or trader has public liability and employers liability insurance

The scheme operator would also need to have a face to face meeting with members.

The scheme must meet certain standards and follow any recommendations that Trading Standards makes after an audit. We would also look to form a Primary Authority Partnership with the scheme operator.

KCC Trading Standards carries out a unique vetting process on members of a scheme to reassure customers and give them confidence. See the fees and charges for us to carry out the necessary checks on scheme members.

We partner with Checkatrade to run a successful recommended trader scheme in the home maintenance sector.

Becoming a Trading Standards scheme operator

To find out more or to apply to run a KCC Trading Standards Scheme please email tradingstandards@kent.gov.uk and we will contact you within 5 working days.