New Businesses

Firstly, we wish you all the very best in creating a successful and legally compliant business!

If you are starting a new business venture or taking over an existing business in Devon, Somerset or Torbay, then you will want to make sure that you have everything you need covered, particularly when it comes to the law!

Here at Trading Standards we have a dedicated team of advice and enforcement staff who are available five days a week to help you get everything right from the beginning. We provide you with free, expert, practical and comprehensive advice on trading law.

Whether you are setting up a business in food manufacturing or as a used car dealer, we are here to help. To get in contact, simply fill in the New Business Enquiry and an officer will contact you directly to discuss your individual needs

Helping Yourself

Take a look at the rest of the Understanding Your Rights & Responsibilities section of the site, which offers an introduction to your obligations. Whether you are running a new pub or setting yourself up as a plasterer, you will find important information you need to know.

Once you have read the guidance relating to your business, please Get in touch and we can answer any questions you have. If necessary we can even arrange a visit to your premises to discuss your products and selling practices.

How We Can Help You – Buy With Confidence!

We want to champion honest businesses who care about their customers and do things by the book, so once you have been trading for six months, you can apply for our good trader scheme, Buy With Confidence!

As a Buy With Confidence member you can proudly display the BWC logo, which says your business’s customer service has been approved by Trading Standards – a real selling point when consumers are ever more careful where they spend their money. Find out more.