Special offer: annual membership for £99 (+VAT)



Membership fees and benefits

Membership fee

Supporting businesses through the cost-of-living crisis

The cost-of-living crisis is affecting everyone.  As your County Council we are here to support businesses as well as protect residents, especially at a time when residents are more vulnerable than ever to criminals and scammers trying to cash in on the situation and people’s vulnerability.

We are offering a special reduced fee for Trading Standards Checked membership of £99 + VAT for 12 months membership.  That is a saving of 75%. You still receive the many benefits we offer as part of your membership.

This fee of £99 +VAT (£19.80) covers the cost of vetting and therefore is non-refundable, regardless of whether the application is successful or not.

Member benefits

Membership of Trading Standards Checked entitles you to a suite of benefits that adds value to your membership and your business.

  • Help to stop rogue traders Be a part of helping to stop rogue traders and criminals and assure your customers that your company is checked and vetted by KCC Trading Standards.
  • Trading Standards paperwork Access to Trading Standards compliant paperwork from your account, giving you peace of mind that your business is protected from rogue consumers.
  • Online profile A dedicated business profile on the Trading Standards Checked website displaying your own business logo, accreditations and photo gallery.
  • Networking events Join our in-person networking events, for scheme details, feedback, Q&A sessions and more.
  • Welcome pack Free welcome pack that includes unique vehicle vinyls, a Trading Standards Checked notepad and pen, a carpenters pencil and calling cards to leave with your customers.
  • Printed directory Every quarter your business name and contact number will feature in your local edition of "The Net" business directory.
  • Trading Standards Checked Facebook group Access to the exclusive Trading Standards Checked Facebook group to keep up to date with news about the scheme as well as advice and top tips to help your business.
  • e-Learning Free eLearning with accreditation badges that are added to your business profile.
  • Podcast The Trading Standards Checked: Traders for a Safer Kent podcast covers issues such as Covid-19 best practice, consumer rights and vulnerable consumers.

Promotional benefits

We promote your business to over half a MILLION residents every month!

As well as the tangible benefits on offer, our marketing team work tirelessly to promote our members as safe traders across the county.

Local publications

The Net Magazine is a Kent-wide magazine for local communities. We partnered with The Net to share advice about doorstep crime and rogue traders. We also publish a list of all Trading Standards Checked traders to help residents find a safe trader. The magazine is published and delivered to over 400,000 homes every month.

We use the Community Ad to reach other areas of Kent for better coverage. This magazine continues to be published bi-monthly and reaches approximately 150,000 every 2 months.

Local newspapers have featured alerts and information about the scheme within their papers. We are working with more and more community organisations to help increase awareness about Trading Standards Checked.

Digital media

Seasonal Tips videos starring our very own members reach 350,000 Kent residents with 15,000 website clicks to the trader profiles.

Doorstep crime alerts regularly reach 50,000 Kent residents per post and are picked up by local organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Parish Councils and Kent Police.

Over 117,000 Kent residents were reached using Facebook, with 48,000 video views and 4,000 link clicks to the website.

Welcome posts for new traders on our Facebook page to over 10,000 Kent residents

Other campaigns and events

‘No Cold Caller’ campaign to stop the increase in rogue and criminal traders targeting Kent residents. We reached 68,000 Kent residents in this partnership with Kent Police, Citizens Advice, Neighbourhood Watch and KCC Community Wardens.

Kent Police Open Day - We joined the Kent Police open day hosting a stall for visitors to find out more information about doorstep crime. Over 20,000 visited the event across the weekend with us handing out lots of leaflets and promotional items.

Radio - A recent campaign with Heart Radio targeting Kent residents reached 330,000 to tell them about the scheme.

Other benefits

In addition to the benefits listed above, membership to Trading Standards Checked also entitles you to discounts on professional legal advice and support.

Legal services at competitive rates

Invicta Law is able to offer legal advice and assistance at extremely competitive rates.

Advice in relation to company law, commercial contracts and undertakings including technology, construction, consultancy (including contract disputes), employment law advice for small business and advice on all types of commercial property law relating to offices and other business premises.

The work is carried out by experienced solicitors and legal staff. Invicta Law is fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under registration number 631355.

Invicta Law legal advice

20% discount on Trading Standards pay as you go business advice

Trading Standards professional advice and support will reduce risks to your business whilst allowing it to grow with confidence. Whether you want clarity on a specific issue or a solution to a complex problem, Trading Standards can provide the help you need.

20% discount will be applied when you pay.

Trading Standards business advice

50% discount on KCC's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme

Alternative Dispute Resolution is available to customers who are unable to resolve a dispute with a trader. It helps to resolve disputes quickly and reduces the need for costly and time-consuming court proceedings. All members of Trading Standards Checked (TSC) agree to enter into ADR if the customer wishes to use it. Members of Trading Standards Checked can benefit from a 50% discount on KCC's accredited ADR scheme.

Kent County Council ADR

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