New Buy With Confidence Directory

Release date: 
Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The latest edition of the ‘Buy With Confidence’ Approved Business Directory is out now.

Once again, it’s bigger than ever after West Sussex joined forces with Brighton & Hove City Council to extend the directory.

It means the free publication will now reach up to 20,000 people across Sussex, who will have a list of nearly 500 of the finest businesses in the area at their fingertips.

The directory protects consumers by ensuring every business which appears on its pages have been thoroughly vetted by Trading Standards officers in West Sussex or Brighton and Hove.

Each business listed, whatever its size or trade, has agreed to provide a trustworthy and high standard of customer service. They are also regularly monitored to ensure these levels are maintained.

‘Buy With Confidence’ is also recognised by “Which? Local”, a recommendation website with around 650,000 subscribers.

All local members of ‘Buy With Confidence’ are listed on the website, www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk, with a recommendation from Trading Standards.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “The directory gives residents details of around 500 businesses that have been recommended by Trading Standards

“As well as benefiting consumers, it will also assist local businesses by giving them accreditation to a scheme that really carries its weight in the county.”

Pete West, lead councillor for consumer protection at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “The ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme is a well-regarded, practical guide that is useful for residents and businesses.

“Anyone looking for a reliable trader can consult the directory and have peace of mind that the services they are contacting have been independently checked by trading standards.

“It’s also a great way for businesses to advertise their services.”

In the Brighton area, copies can be obtained through council offices or by contacting Brighton Trading Standards on 01273 292523.

An interactive version of the both directories can also be viewed on the West Sussex website www.westsussex.gov.uk/bwc - click on the ‘Buy With Confidence Directory’ link.

Any business in the city interested in joining the scheme should call Brighton Trading Standards on 01273 642124 for an application pack or visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk