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ECONOMY ISSUE WINTER 2013


THE LOCAL


Supporting Businesses in the Midlands


IN THIS ISSUE: Cosmetics changes ➜ Beat the scammers ➜ Winter-proof your business ➜ Have a fi re-safe Christmas


to this edition of Trading Standards News, which is compiled by 14 Trading Standards authorities in the Midlands. This issue is packed with information and guidance to help you run a tight ship and contribute to your local economy. We bring you news of the UK’s fi rst Small Business Saturday and how you can take part, and give you some direction on displaying food goods at Christmas markets. Plus, we detail the latest updates


on regulations affecting the production of cosmetics and expected amendments to the credit licensing law. We also explore the Better Business for All scheme.


SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE IT BIG


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), with 18,500 members across the greater West Midlands, is backing Britain’s fi rst Small Business Saturday, which will take place on 7 December 2013.


he UK’s fi ve million small businesses, which, between them provide 60 per cent of private sector jobs and nearly 50 per cent of private sector turnover, are to be the focus of the campaign. Championed by Chukka Umunna, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, the campaign will highlight small business success and encourage consumers to shop local and support small businesses in their communities in the lead-up to Small Business Saturday and beyond. The campaign follows the model –


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introduced in the United States in 2010 – which has taken place on the fi rst Saturday after Thanksgiving every year since. Last year in the US, $5.5 billion was spent with small businesses on the day. The Small Business Saturday UK initiative has already attracted the support of leading business organisations including the FSB, Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores, Northern Ireland


More information on Small Business Saturday, participating retailers and details on promotions and other incentives to shop locally can be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page at


www.facebook.com/ SmallBusiness SaturdayUK


Independent Retail Trade Association and Ingenious Britain – as well as large corporations such as American Express, O2, Aldermore Bank, Make It Cheaper – and prominent entrepreneur James Caan. There has also been support from many local authorities across the UK, which are critical in bringing local community activities to life. Karen Woolley, FSB Development


Manager, says: ‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Shopping locally in the lead-up to Small Business Saturday, on the day and beyond, will help our local communities to prosper, aid local economic growth and help bolster job creation.


‘We have been planning events in the


run-up to – and on – Small Business Saturday, including supporting a UK-wide bus tour, and small businesses have been encouraged to get involved and create special events themselves to mark the day.’ In the US in 2012, there was 67 per cent


awareness of Small Business Saturday. Of those people who were aware of it, almost half (47 per cent) went out and shopped locally on the day. It would be great to see this kind of take-up in the UK.


➜ For further information on the work the FSB is doing to support this initiative, contact Karen Woolley on 01332 517176 or email karen.woolley@fsb.org.uk


CEnTSA, Central England Trading Standards Authorities, is a partnership of the 14 local authority Trading Standards services within the Midlands. CEnTSA aims to support these authorities in providing consistent, quality services to local businesses and consumers.


ANDRESR / SHUTTERSTOCK


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