Our Key Projects

Devon & Somerset Trading Standards is always looking at emerging trends, as well as areas the public is most concerned about. In response to these, we come up with key projects where we focus our resources in particular areas, whether it’s helping young people to be smarter consumers or our popular Buy With Confidence programme. Find out more about our key projects below.


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Buy With Confidence

Devon’s Approved Trader Scheme! Find a Trading Standards approved business, and learn more about Buy With Confidence.

Scams Intervention

We are currently embarking on a number of key projects aimed at reducing the impact of scams on existing victims, as well as raising awareness and spreading the message about scams in order to help prevent future victims. To read all about our scams work this year, check out our Scams Intervention page.

Rogue Traders & Doorstep Crime

One of the areas that Trading Standards covers that is of most concern to the public is, understandably, rogue traders and criminals who prey on the vulnerable, taking their cash and often making them feel afraid in the own home. We’re working with others agencies, such as the police, to combat this, taking a proactive approach to drive down levels of these sorts of crimes in the local area and nationally. You can find out more about our advice for dealing with scams, rogue traders and doorstep crime in this section of the site.

Better Business For All

Find out more about our work supporting local businesses to acheive compliance. Better Business for All (“BBfA”) is a regulators alliance that includes Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Fire & Rescue along with Local Authority Economic Development Teams.

Primary Authority Partnerships

A Primary Authority Partnership allows a business to enter into a formal contract with one enforcement body, who then becomes their primary contact for advice, planning and help with trading law across the UK. For more information on how you can enter into a primary authority partnership with us please check out our Primary Authority page.

Age Restricted Products

Do you sell age restricted products? Are you concerned about underage persons? You can find out more about our work reducing the social disorder and damage to health which arises through the sale of underage products to children by clicking here.

Buy Wise Be Safe

The Buy Wise Be Safe website has been compiled by a working group with representation from Avonsafe, Bristol Lifeskills Centre and the South West Trading Standards Partnership (SWERCOTS) and received financial support from National Trading Standards.

Young Consumers

If you are under 18 and interested in what your rights are – check out our young consumers pages!

Trading Standards Farming Partnerships

Find out how we are working together with the Devon Farming Community on rural issues.