TrustMark, working with Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards our Primary Authority Partner, to deliver another level of consumer protection & trade accreditation

Primary Authority offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for the other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

The scheme is a common-sense Government initiative to cut red tape and support economic growth through better local regulation.  It is one of the most effective ways for local regulators to improve protection and support their business communities.

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Rising consumer expectations mean they are seeking higher levels of service and looking for better quality workmanship. Tradespeople need to ensure that they retain an informed position and meet these changes head-on, delivering better standards of work, customer service and positively changing the face of their industries. This all works towards a future when consumers have confidence in the tradespeople they employ and that they see that 'rogue' traders are the exception, not the rule.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with TrustMark helping consumers find reputable traders to work in their homes. This is a groundbreaking example of how central and local government can work together, combining national recognition and local reassurance to both protect residents and support local businesses."

Steve Ruddy - Head of Service Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards


What makes this scheme different?

This scheme isn't just another 'badge' to add to your website and marketing materials. It's an investment with great benefits that tells potential customers that you comply with not just our Government Endorsed Quality for your workmanship, but understand fair trading practices and consumer protection is a key element of how you operate your business. Your customers will know that Trading Standards have completed Intelligence Requests.

Once approved, consumers will gain confidence from knowing that you and your business have been approved to use this accreditation. 

The cost of becoming Trading Standards Approved through TrustMark is £90 + VAT per year. This is in addition to any fee that your Scheme Provider may charge.


Additional benefits of the Trading Standards Scheme

'Trading Standard Approved' Status

Show your commitment and provide greater confidence to your customers through the successful completion of Intelligence checks.

Greater exposure from the start

Consumers will see on the search results Registered Firms that have attained the 'Trading Standards Approved' status.  Giving you greater exposure and the consumers greater choice.

Advertise your status

You will have access to the 'Trading Standards Approved' logo to use on all your documents, letterheads and marketing materials - let everybody know.




As a TrustMark Registered Business, applying for the Trading Standards Approved Scheme couldn't be easier. Simply search for your business using the postcode on your TrustMark profile. Confirm the details and you will be directed to our online application form.

Upon receipt of your application, we will email you and begin the process. You will receive an invoice for your first year's membership fees (£90 + VAT). We aim to complete your application within 21 working days.

If you have any questions, email us at or call 0333 555 1234




Before becoming Trading Standards Approved, you must first become a TrustMark Registered Business. 

The 'Join TrustMark' button will re-direct you to our online application form, where you can choose your trade and be presented with a choice of Scheme Providers who can support your TrustMark application.  

You can still express your interest in becoming 'Trading Standards Approved', so we won't forget about you!