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GGF Strengthens Relations with Trading Standards

 

The GGF exhibited at the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) Conference in Brighton in June to further strengthen the ongoing relationship the Federation has with Trading Standards.

At the conference, the Federation increased its profile to hundreds of Trading Standards Officers and public sector professionals, not only through the presence on the exhibition floor but also by presenting at the theatre sessions.

In addition, Brian Smith, GGF Home Improvement Manager met with Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs as representatives of the Federation attended the Minister’s speech at the conference, where she outlined the importance of the role Trading Standards has in preventing fraud and acting on criminal cases.

To gather more information and opinions, the GGF attended key seminars and plenary sessions on the upcoming Consumer Rights Bill and CE Marking. Aligned to this the GGF also networked with key media and developed third party relationships with consumer facing organisations such as Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Which magazine.

Brian Smith, GGF Home Improvement Manager delivered a strong presentation to Trading Standards Officers and public sector managers, underlining the GGF’s position on consumer protection and highlighting how the GGF helps, informs and protects consumers. Brian also explained why the GGF is becoming part of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and how it would benefit both consumers and the industry. After the seminar, Brian commented, “It was an excellent conference and a great opportunity to communicate to Trading Standards Officers how they can easily approach the GGF for expert assistance on consumer and CE Marking advice. I very much enjoyed being introduced to Jo Swinson MP with reference to the GGF being one of the new prospective code sponsors for the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme which will benefit GGF Member companies considerably in the eyes of the consumer”.

As the GGF goes through stage one of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme the Federation will automatically become Corporate Affiliate Members of the Trading Standards Institute. In anticipation of this development progressing, the Federation has already booked to exhibit and present at the TSI conference 2014 in Harrogate, Yorkshire next summer.

 

 

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