Many local authorities run assured trader schemes. They aim to give consumers a reliable way of finding trustworthy local businesses. Businesses that sign up to the schemes get support and promotion from their local authority Trading Standards Services, in return for a promise that they will meet their legal obligations and treat their customers fairly.
Most schemes have been developed separately, and vary in the details of how they work. But all the Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme Network (LAATSN) member schemes have the common aims of:
As the national champion of local authority Trading Standards Services, we are supporting a network of local authority local trader schemes which meet nationally agreed standards.
The Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme Network aims to bring greater consistency to local schemes, and to promote the value of local schemes to those who stand to benefit most - local consumers and businesses.
Empowering consumers to make informed choices when buying goods and services is a common aim across national and local governments. So there are several schemes designed to help consumers.
The schemes all aim to drive up business standards and boost customer confidence.
The primary aim of the National Standards and Support Committee (NSSC) is to provide leadership for LAATSN. This includes monitoring and overseeing the development of LAATSN. The NSSC members are:
The LAATSN Secretariat is managed by Diana MacDowall.
Details on the purpose, membership and conduct of business of the National Standards and Support Committee can be found in the Information and procedural guide for LAATSN scheme operators (pdf 64 kb).
The NSSC meets once each year to conduct an Annual Review of LAATSN. You can read notes from these meetings by clicking on the link below.
Download NSSC minutes - July 2008 (pdf 117 kb).
If you have any queries, require information or have feedback on any aspect of LAATSN, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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