End of partnership with Checkatrade

Last year, on 31 March 2020, Kent County Council (KCC) ended the Trading Standards partnership with Checkatrade and launched our own Trading Standards Checked scheme for Kent businesses.

We continued to work with Checkatrade as memberships came to an end, meaning that some Kent members of Checkatrade were still able to display the Trading Standards Approved logo until 31 March 2021.

Trading Standards Approved logos can no longer be used

From 1 April 2021 there are no more Trading Standards Approved traders and all branding and logos, including vehicle vinyls, stationery, advertising materials and images on personal websites should have been removed.

The continued use of the Kent County Council Trading Standards Approved logo after 31 March 2021 is a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. This includes all variations of the logo in colour or black and white.

Should you see any of these logos displayed, please report to Citizen’s Advice Consumer Services on their website or call 0808 223 1133. Examples of the logos that can not be displayed any more are shown below.

Examples of Trading Standards Approved and partnership with Checkatrade logos

These are examples of the old Trading Standards Approved logos, and partnership with Checkatrade logos that can no longer be used.

Trading Standards Checked

Almost 600 Kent Traders have now registered with Trading Standards Checked - look out for the logo displayed proudly on their vans and other signage.

KCC trading standards checked logo and KCC trading standards officer

On the left is the logo Trading Standards Checked businesses display showing their Trader ID. On the right is our KCC officer, who you will see on leaflets, posters and online about the scheme.

Trading Standards Checked carries out more rigorous vetting and safety checks than any other scheme in Kent. Our aim is to keep Kent residents safe from rogue traders while supporting legitimate Kent businesses.

Visit the Trading Standards Checked website