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Scottish Borders
Trusted Trader

The Scottish Borders Trusted Trader scheme

Trusted Trader was launched by Dundee City Council Trading Standards in 2005. Its simple aim was to encourage local businesses to sign up to a code of practice that will give consumers confidence in the standard of service they expect to receive. The success of the scheme in Dundee has seen it become adopted across many different local authorities, all of which conform to the same standard Code of Practice.

Scottish Borders Trading Standards started the Scottish Borders Trusted Trader scheme in August 2023, joining the purpose built Scotland Trusted Trader platform, which incorporates many Trading Standards Trusted Trader Schemes.

The Scottish Borders Council Trusted Trader Scheme is a local business partnership with all members fully vetted by Trading Standards, and the scheme is supported by Police Scotland.

The aims of Scottish Borders Trusted Trader are to:
  • increase consumer confidence
  • promote good practice within local businesses
  • help prevent doorstep crime.
Applications are invited from Scottish Borders based businesses or businesses who can demonstrate that a significant proportion of their work is conducted in Scottish Borders.

The elements of the Scottish Borders Trusted Trader scheme

The Scottish Borders Trusted Trader scheme is made up of Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Trading Standards Service and Trusted Directory Services (TDS).

The Council back and oversee the scheme, with the vetting process carried out by Trading Standards Officers. Trading Standards also ensure Traders adhere to the Code of Practice and will intervene in disputes when required, providing dispute resolution advice.

TDS is responsible for scheme administration, customer service, assisting in dispute resolution and website development.