Stockton Market is the Real Deal

Cabinet Members Cllr Steve Nelson and Cllr Nigel Cook with market traders signing the ‘Real Deal’ charter.
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Stockton market traders have signed up to a national charter to keep stalls free of fake goods.

Every single trader at the 700-year-old market has signed the ‘Real Deal’ pledge, which gives shoppers an assurance that they can buy with confidence.

And joining them in signing up were Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Cabinet Members, Councillors Steve Nelson and Nigel Cooke.

Councillor Nelson, Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “We’re delighted to see all of the traders supporting the ‘Real Deal’ charter, which gives shoppers peace of mind and sends out a clear message that the sale of fake goods will not be tolerated.

“The Council has also signed the pledge, which will see Trading Standards officers working closely with traders to help the market stay fake free.”

Councillor Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, added: “Stockton is a proud market town and our regular market is a popular year round feature at the heart of our award-winning High Street.

“The Real Deal logo will be on display throughout the market, and can only enhance its reputation while encouraging people to spend with local traders.”

Recognition for Staffordshire Trading Standards as more market organisers come on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal

Left to right: Councillor Gill Heath and Trading Standards Officers Mark Wilson and Nigel Cotton with the Real Deal Award

15 November 2017

Five popular Staffordshire markets and two car boot sale events have now joined a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their events are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off.

In the run-up to Christmas Staffordshire County council’s trading standards team, which coordinates the Real Deal campaign locally, is urging more to get on board and give customers peace of mind.

The campaign aims to promote a fair and safe trading environment, including ensuring markets are free from counterfeit goods. The campaign brings together councils, market operators, traders, industry groups and copyright and trademark owners. Event organisers signing up to the Real Deal charter are demonstrating their commitment to tackling counterfeit goods sales and keeping visitors safe.

Markets in Cannock (indoor and outdoor), Penkridge, Tamworth, Lichfield and Burton are all signed up to the initiative in addition to car boot organiser at Ashwood near Kinver and Stourbridge Rugby Club.
Now the county council has received recognition from the national campaign organisers as a result of its successful running in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:
“The Real Deal campaign has been a huge success in Staffordshire thanks to the hard work and commitment of event organisers and our trading standards team. This is undoubtedly creating a better business environment at these events, making them more attractive places to go and giving customers peace of mind when they shop. Event organisers are working hard to ensure theirs are fake free and are sending out a clear message that they will not tolerate irresponsible traders.

“Counterfeit goods can cause real harm, for example if they are cosmetic or electrical items and they also damage our economy. It is in everyone’s interests to combat the sale of such goods and it is important we all work together to do this. We’re now asking other market and car boot event organisers across the county to get on board and sign up.”
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Armagh’s Shambles Market is the Real Deal

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has once again signed up to the ‘Real Deal’ charter with the Shambles Variety Market Armagh, following in the footsteps of Lurgan Market.

With both its markets now officially endorsing the initiative, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is proud to work alongside the Trading Standards to prevent counterfeits and other illicit goods being sold at its markets making them a safe and fair environment in which to trade and to shop.

Offering a variety of quality goods, bargains for shoppers and opportunities for family events, both the Shambles Variety Market and Lurgan Market provide a unique experience for visitors while showcasing first-rate local goods and produce.

Welcoming the ‘Real Deal’ launch at the Shambles Variety Market, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson said,

“Traders and customers are the backbone of our local markets, which is why we believe it is so important that they are afforded adequate protections from the potential dangers of counterfeit and illicit products. Continue reading

Hear ye, hear ye! Derry and Strabane join the Real Deal.


Derry City and Strabane District Council have joined the Real Deal initiative to promote only legal sellers and goods at its markets to help prevent members of the public receiving fake goods.

Derry City and Strabane District Council operates two markets, the Walled City Market and Strabane Market, which both showcase a variety of local food produce and craft design works. Nicolle Walters, Market Development Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, said market traders were supportive of the Real Deal campaign and are committed, alongside Council and its partners, to providing safe and legal goods at the markets.

She added: “Council is committed to eliminating the sale of fake, illegal or unsafe goods at its markets and continues to work with the relevant authorities to do so. As part of the Real Deal scheme, shoppers should be assured that goods and services purchased at any council markets are safe, genuine, reliable and legal.

“The Walled City Market operates in Derry’s Guildhall Square on the first Saturday of each month and the Strabane Market operates in the Courtyard of the Alley Theatre on the last Friday of each month. Both markets have been well received by local traders, local shoppers and visitors to both areas each month.

“We believe this new quality standard will further strengthen our offer to shoppers and provide a reassurance that the goods on sale at both council markets are the ‘real deal’. By setting this standard we also expect to encourage local traders, food producers and craft workers to get more involved with our markets and help set a standard for trading.”
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Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Launch Real Deal


Gloucestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is launching their ‘Real Deal’ agreement for local councils in the county.
The ‘Real Deal’ campaign is a nation-wide initiative that makes sure markets are run legally and have a working relationship with Trading Standards. The scheme is designed to promote legal sellers and goods in market places to help prevent members of the public being sold fakes.
The first agreement in the county will be signed by Gloucester City Council this week who regularly hold markets in the city centre.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for trading standards at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is important to ensure legitimate traders are protected and those who feel they can make easy money are deterred at the earliest stage.
“This is an exciting new venture for us, and many other authorities around the country have seen significant improvement in enforcement and relationships when it comes to making sure market traders are not selling fake goods.”
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “I’m delighted to be leading the way in the county by signing up to the Real Deal campaign.
“This is a great initiative that will see us working together with trading standards to protect consumers and local businesses from the harm caused by the trade in counterfeit goods.”
Patricia Lennon, of the Real Deal campaign, said: “We are delighted to welcome Eastgate Market and Kings Square Market into the ‘Real Deal’ scheme. By signing the Real Deal Charter, both markets can now display the Real Deal logo, giving an assurance to their shoppers and acts as a deterrent to any rogue traders.
“We would like to thank the city council’s markets team and Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards service for working together to protect consumers and local businesses from the harm caused by the trade in counterfeit goods.”


Today (5 July 2017) is British IP Day, celebrating the contribution that Intellectual Property (IP) makes to the national and local economy. Many of the UK’s most successful companies, from Marks and Spencer to fashion brand Superdry, started life on a local market. This blog by Eddy Leviten, Director General of the Alliance for IP, explains how a successful IP economy impacts all businesses, from the largest manufacturers to individual market traders. Read more here …. https://ipo.blog.gov.uk/2017/07/04/british-ip-day-2017/

Market organisers on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal in Staffordshire


More market and car boot sale organisers in Staffordshire are joining a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their event are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off.

The county council has signed its fourth Real Deal agreement with the management team of the district council-run market in Cannock town centre. The campaign aims to promote a fair and safe trading environment, including ensuring markets are free from counterfeit goods. The campaign brings together councils, market operators, traders, industry groups and copyright and trademark owners. Event organisers signing up to the Real Deal charter are demonstrating their commitment to tackling counterfeit goods sales and keeping visitors safe.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said: “It’s pleasing to see another market organiser sign up to the Real Deal charter. We’re asking other market and car boot event organisers across the county to get on board and sign up. The more we have signed up, the harder it will be for counterfeit traders to operate in Staffordshire. By signing up, they are making a commitment to tackle the problem of counterfeit goods sales and sending out a message that their events are safe and have responsible traders. Counterfeit goods can cause real harm, for example if they are cosmetic or electrical items and they also damage our economy. “It is in everyone’s interests to combat the sale of such goods and it is important we all work together to do this.”
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Moray Firth Radio Cash for Kids joins forces with Trading Standards in the Real Deal Scheme

MFR Cash for Kids Charity Car Boot Sale is the latest recruit to be signed up by Highland Council Trading Standards to join the Real Deal scheme. The scheme was launched six years ago in a bid to stamp out the illegal trade in fake goods at markets and to ensure businesses are fully compliant with the relevant laws.
Organisations throughout the UK have signed up to the Real Deal markets’ charter, a nationwide initiative that encourages local authority Trading Standards and market operators to work closely together and share information so that local markets and car boot sales remain free from counterfeit goods and are a safe environment in which to shop and trade.
The Real Deal logo is a sign for good practice and ensures traders selling counterfeit goods such as clothing, handbags, perfume, cigarettes and DVDs will not be allowed to participate at the venue. The logo will be displayed at the car boot sale on the 21st May at the Black isle Show Ground which indicates to visitors and the traders selling at the car boot sale that the charity abides by the terms of the charter and in agreement with Trading Standards. Continue reading

IP Crime Report

At the launch of its annual IP Crime Report (September 2015), the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) highlighted the Real Deal initiative as ‘one of the key operations and partnerships that have delivered great results in 2014-15.’ The IP Crime Report also noted that reports to Crimestoppers of counterfeit goods related to markets have fallen significantly, adding, ‘It is notable that ‘market’ is the only physical location to have seen such a significant reduction in reports, which suggests that the Real Deal campaign has had a major effect in encouraging market operators to actively look out for and prohibit the sale of IP infringing goods.’

ACG Conference 2015: IP Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe’s Keynote Address

In a video address to the Anti-Counterfeiting Group Conference, the IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe commented:

“[On reading the IP Crime Report] I was struck by the success of the National Markets Group, to seize over 30,000 counterfeit items is impressive. Combine with success in getting almost 400 markets to commit to the Real Deal Charter and you can see the great opportunity to deliver long terms change with our market operators. Consumers, local businesses and communities all benefit from reducing the level of counterfeits at markets.”
See the full address here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IwQJu2eqsk&feature=player_embedded