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Fife Council launch Trusted Trader scheme

Friday, 14th January 2011

Environmental Services are currently promoting the scheme to businesses to create a database of firms so that consumers throughout Fife will be able to make informed choices.

By making a list of local trusted traders, the scheme will also help to reduce trade available to itinerant and bogus traders, and help to safeguard community safety with respect to doorstep selling.

Cllr George Kay welcomed the scheme, “The Trusted Trader Scheme being adopted in Fife will improve community safety, improve local conditions for economic development, give targeted support for vulnerable people and improve trading standards.”

Geoff Bates, Consumer Education Team Leader explains, “Trusted Trader is web based where consumers can search for local members. Customers are given the opportunity to provide feedback to the scheme on how well the member has carried out their work.”

Trusted Trader is an innovative partnership scheme that allows consumers to assess the services provided by local traders in targeted sectors and empowers them to make better choices when making decisions on purchasing. Trusted trader was developed by Dundee City Council Trading Standards in 2005.

The Fife Council scheme can be accessed at www.fifedirect.org.uk/trustedtrader