Protecting shoppers from fake goods this Christmas – Eastleigh Market signs up to Real Deal Charter



Shoppers at Eastleigh Market can rest assured they won’t be buying fakes this Christmas, after traders signed up to the Real Deal Campaign to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards and Eastleigh Borough Council have teamed up with local traders on the Real Deal Charter, to prevent fake, illicit and potentially dangerous goods being sold to shoppers.  Continue reading

Welcome to Leighton Buzzard Market and Central Bedfordshire Trading Standards

In the run-up to Christmas, Leighton Linslade Town Council has teamed up with Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team and local traders to launch the Real Deal charter at the historic Leighton Buzzard market, which has been a feature of the town since c1086. The market is the first in Central Bedfordshire to sign up to the Real Deal charter which works to prevent fake, illicit and potentially dangerous goods being sold to shoppers. Read more here . . . 



National Youth Market Shows Young Traders the Way

Ross Ballinger, 16, from Stone Staffordshire was named National Young Trader of the Year for his business Phoenix Engravers

Ross Ballinger, 16, from Stone Staffordshire was named National Young Trader of the Year for his business Phoenix Engravers

Setting out on the right foot in retail business means being aware of the legal responsibilities of trading including intellectual property law. Read more about how the NMTF’s National Youth Market initiative is helping young traders on their first steps . . . Continue reading

Awards Recognise Trading Standards Officers for Tackling Counterfeiting and Piracy at Markets, Car Boots Fairs and Social Media

At the recent CTSI National Conference in Telford, the National Markets Group (NMG) announced the winners of their 2016 awards which recognise the significant impact that the recipients have made in tackling counterfeiting and piracy at markets, car boot sales and on social media.

The recipients of the awards were:

Team award
Winner: Rhondda Cynon Taf Trading Standards, Community Protection and Enforcement Team

Individual awards
Winners: Lesley Jenkins, Walsall Trading Standards and Ceri Martin, Wrexham Trading Standards

Certificate of excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement
Lincolnshire Trading Standards

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Social Media Anti-Counterfeiting Operation Expands Across Borders

In June and July this year, Operation Jasper, the biggest and longest enforcement action to tackle counterfeiting and piracy on social media, extended its reach into Eire and Scotland as officers from Trading Standards and the Police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are joined by their Scottish and Irish equivalents in the fight against social media counterfeiting. The move is part of the latest phase of Operation Jasper, which was launched in May 2015. Continue reading

Advice on How to Spot a Fake

Want to know how to spot a fake? Gavin Terry, Lead Officer for Intellectual Property at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute explains what to look for in this informative piece for BBC 5Live  [watch here]

IP Legal Info SheetYou can also download this Real Deal leaflet by Gavin Terry, which sets out ‘the 4 Ps’ on how to spot a fake and provides helpful advice to market operators and traders on How to Stay IP legal.


New Watford Market is the Real Deal

New Watford Market is the latest in the county to sign the Real Deal charter with Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards Service.

Andrew Sparrow, executive director of WMC Retail, operators of New Watford Market, said: “By signing the Real Deal Charter we are giving an assurance to customers that they can shop at the market with confidence. We are also able to offer advice to traders together with a strong message that we will only allow stalls selling safe and genuine products.”

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

Mark Wilson TS and Matthew Roberts Ashwood

Staffordshire county council has now signed its third Real Deal agreement with the organisers of a car boot event in South Staffordshire. Ashwood Car Boot Fair has joined the campaign, which aims to clean up the sale of counterfeit goods. The campaign brings together councils, market operators and 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.

Photo caption: Principal trading standards officer Mark Wilson (left) with Ashwood Car Boot Fair organiser Matthew Roberts.

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Angelsey is the Real Deal

Real Deal launches in Angelsey at LLangefni Market

Real Deal launches in Angelsey at LLangefni Market

In the first joint-initiative of its kind in the UK, Anglesey has joined forces with the five other North Wales authorities to support the Real Deal Charter.

The Real Deal Charter has been introduced at markets across the North Wales region, including Llangefni. The project is being co-ordinated by Trading Standards Officers from the six North Wales authorities and will provide Real Deal market procedures and advice for traders.

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Better Camden Markets with Real Deal


Camden Market has joined Camden’s Council run markets in signing the national ‘Real Deal’ campaign charter. Residents and visitors to Camden’s iconic markets can shop with confidence following the signing by both organisations committing to combat the sale of counterfeit and other illegal goods. Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet member for Community Safety said: “Camden’s markets are a big attraction to both residents and visitors and help contribute to the borough’s vibrant atmosphere.  “Unfortunately markets are not uniformly regulated and can offer opportunities for those who wish to trade illegally, particularly in counterfeit and pirated goods, undermining the reputation of the venue.” Continue reading