Coming up in 2016

With two national reviews into trading standards due to report imminently, and several pieces of new legislation that will directly impact the service set to reach Royal Assent this year, 2016 is already set to be a busy one for the whole profession. At CTSI, the policy team continue in our endeavours to represent members’…

Don’t cuddle up to a killer this winter

Winter is almost here and once the sun-cream, deckchairs and shorts have been stashed away for another year, people turn their attention to keeping warm. Electric blankets are a great way to stave off the cold; however national statistics suggest that faulty electric blankets are responsible for more than 5,000 fires a year. In an…

Is trading standards a toothless tiger?

In a recent interview with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Shane O’Connor Breakfast Show discussing the Workforce Survey findings, I faced a tough statement: “You [trading standards] are seen somewhat as a toothless tiger.” O’Connor unknowingly summed up the challenge trading standards faces: it’s not that we’re toothless, it’s that not enough people are aware of the work…