Buy With Confidence is supported by over 50 local authority Trading Standards services from Cornwall to Argyll & Bute. However, Buy With Confidence Trading Standards Approved status is now available to any businesses nationwide that can meet our vetting checks and entry criteria1.
To find out if your local authority is directly involved in Buy With Confidence, click here.
Membership starts from less than £21 per month – that’s 69p a day to be able to reassure your customers with Trading Standards approval*
The cost to be a new Buy With Confidence member varies depending on the size of the business. The current fee schedule is (correct as of 01/04/16):
Buy With Confidence
|No. Of Employees2||Application Fee3||Annual Fee|
Additional Premises: £187 pa per additional premises
Additional Trading Styles4: £125 pa per additional trading style
All prices exclusive of VAT. Local discounts may apply.
North Wales Offer: Until the end of March 2018, Buy With Confidence in North Wales is offering all Electricians and Plumbers in North Wales who want to join the scheme, 50% off the Application Fee and 50% off the Membership Fee for their first year. Applications must be received by March 31st, 2018.**
Buy With Confidence +Care
Note: Buy With Confidence +Care is currently only open to adult care related businesses in the Hampshire and Bath & North East Somerset areas.
|Turnover||Application Fee3||Annual Fee||Additional Premise Fee|
|Less Than £1m||£125||£250||£62.50|
|£1m to £5m||£167||£542||£83|
|£5m to £10m||£208||£708||£104|
|£10m to £50m||£300||£1000||£150|
All prices exclusive of VAT
Criminal Record Checks
If your business does work in or around your customers’ private residences, during the application process you will be required to show us a recent Basic Disclosure Certificate (formerly known as a CRB/Criminal Records Bureau check, and sometimes referred to as a DBS check) for all employees or unsupervised subcontractors you work with, who visit people’s homes.
The cost of this (around £25 per check) is not included in your application fee and you or your employees will need to source these certificates yourself. Please note that having a conviction revealed on a Disclosure Certificate does not automatically bar you or your business from Buy With Confidence membership, as each case is judged on its own merits. For more information about our Disclosure Certificate policy and how to apply for one, please click here.
1: If your local Trading Standards service does not directly run or support Buy With Confidence, membership can be offered either via a Regional Hub (a Trading Standards service that handles Buy With Confidence membership across multiple counties), or via the Central Hub (run by the Buy With Confidence Partnership). The same entry criteria will apply and your application will need to be approved by a Trading Standards service before membership (and therefore ‘Trading Standards Approved’ status) is granted.
2: No. Of Employees is judged on a full-time equivalent basis. E.g. Two part-time staff working 50% of full-time hours, would be classed as one employee for the purposes of judging fee levels.
3: The Application fee is a one-off fee paid during the application process to help cover the costs of the vetting procedure. After that, only the annual fee is due.
4: Trading Styles are where businesses are engaged in widely differing activities in terms of either what they trade in or how they trade. The Buy With Confidence scheme operator handling the application/membership will be the final arbiter of whether a business is engaged in multiple trading styles, and therefore whether Additional Trading Style fees apply.
*Annual fee equals £20.84 per month, or 68.5p per day for a business with a single premises and 0-5 Employees. Does not include cost of one-off application fee. Some scheme operators may only offer annual payment terms.
**North Wales offer includes a 50% discount on both the application fee and first year’s annual fee. For example, businesses with 0-5 employees that qualify for this offer would pay a £62.50 (+VAT) application fee, plus £125 as their first year’s Annual Fee. The offer is only available to eligible businesses based in Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, and/or Wrexham who apply for membership before March 31st, 2018. This offer is not currently available in other parts of the UK.