Business advice we can give

Advice we can give

Businesses, large or small, are subject to a wide range of legislation designed to protect the consumer, and promote a fair and safe trading environment. In addition, we offer the following services.

Primary authority partnerships

A national scheme which gives businesses, who trade outside Milton Keynes Council's boundary, the right to form a statutory partnership with the local authority. The provision of robust, bespoke advice through the primary authority partnership is taken into account by other councils when carrying out inspections or dealing with compliance. This serves to prevent inconsistent enforcement actions against the business, Find out more about  primary authority partnerships.

Buy with confidence

The Buy With Confidence scheme is an initiative supported by Milton Keynes Council's Trading Standards Service. It helps businesses comply with the law whilst improving consumer protection through a partnership approach. Use this link to find out more about buy with confidence.

Age restricted sales

Advice and guidance for dealing with the sale of age restricted products can be found here age restricted sales.

Explosives licensing and registration

If you store and/or sell fireworks or other similar explosive items, you will probably need to be licensed by or registered with us. Find out more here explosives licensing and registration.

Poisons licensing

Information about storing and selling poisons can be found by following this link to poisons licensing.

Food labelling and allergens

Advice on providing allergen information to consumers is available here food labelling and allergens.

Online sources of information

Business advice factsheets on many trading standards subjects can be found on the Trading Standards business companion website.

Citizens Advice Consumer Service put together a useful guide if you operate an online marketplace - you can view the guidance here.

Trading Standards Team

Trading Standards Team contact information

  • 0808 223 1133 (freephone) - Consumer advice and complaints

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ