Introduction to the Tradewell in Sandwell Scheme
The Tradewell in Sandwell Scheme is a register of businesses in the Sandwell area. It is promoted by Trading Standards and its partner agencies for consumers to help them find a reputable trader.
We are primarily concerned about how traders conduct their business. We do not assess the individual background of any applicant or participant organisation. The main purpose of the Scheme is to provide reassurance to consumers that if things go wrong you will work with us to resolve their problems.
In order to be registered with the scheme you will have to demonstrate a commitment to fair and honest trade, provide good customer service and work alongside trading standards. Traders also need to have a minimum of £2million Public Liability Insurance and £5million Employer’s Liability, if applicable.
You must also agree to abide by our code of practice, a copy of which is available to download.
If you do join our Trader Register scheme you will be able to use the logo in your advertising for as long as you remain a member.
Membership currently cost £100.00+VAT which is less than 30p per day. This is an administrative fee and all the costs go back into the scheme.
Traders can either apply online by going to the New Trader Registrations page above or contact Trading Standards for an application pack by post.
If you are a trader interested in joining the Register you may wish to have a look at the Code of Practice which stipulates exactly what is expected of Traders signing up to the Register.
From time to time Trading Standards may notify member businesses of legal developments or particular areas of law where non – compliance is giving cause for concern. Keep an eye on the ‘News’ page for more information.
‘To find out what you legal responsibilities as a trader are you can visit the Business Companion website (http://www.businesscompanion.info/) There you will find all you need to know in both a ‘quick guide’ form and also more in-depth guides. New businesses applying to join the scheme who are not legally complaint at the time of their application will be given time to become complainant during the vetting process which will be undertaken by Trading Standards.