Buy With Confidence is supported by over 60 local authority Trading Standards services from Cornwall to Stirling. 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 £22.50 per month – that’s 74p 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 01/04/23):
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Additional Premises: For businesses that operate from more than one premises, an additional £85 per premises per year fee may be charged (more info on when this applies is available on request)
Additional Trading Styles4: £135 pa per additional trading style
All prices +VAT at 20%. Local discounts may apply.
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 (which cost around £18 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.