About our service
Trading Standards plays a critical role in Cambridgeshire’s economy. It provides advice and support to legitimate business, helping them to interpret and apply the applicable legislation, thereby giving them the confidence to make informed trading and investment decisions. In addition it essentially ‘polices’ local trading practices, ensuring that dishonest, illegal and dangerous trading practices aren’t able to permeate our local economy, undermining confidence in local businesses. It has a statutory obligation to enforce over 80 Acts of Parliament, as well as numerous statutory instruments and regulations, ranging from ensuring the food we eat is safe for human consumption, to protecting Trade Marks; from ensuring all appropriate measures are in place to prevent and control an animal disease outbreak, to protecting consumers from unsafe products; and many more in between.
In addition to its economic impact, it plays a significant part in protecting vulnerable residents from rogue traders – career criminals who prey on the elderly, cheating them out of their savings, which in turn can jeopardise those victim’s health, independence and financial stability.
In April 2017, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards merged with Peterborough City Council’s Trading Standards Service to become ‘Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards. Our Service plan sets out what the Service is looking to achieve over the forthcoming year.