Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards helps to maintain an environment in which local businesses can compete on equal terms and the safety and economic interests of consumers are not compromised by unfair or illegal trading practices.
We use a range of techniques, including educating both consumers and businesses on their rights and obligations. The Service fulfils a number of the statutory obligations of the local authorities and carries out certain enforcement responsibilities.
Following the merger between Somerset and Devon’s Trading Standards services in 2013 and Torbay Trading Standards in 2017, the Service now covers both counties, with a fully shared operation comprising staff from both authorities and offices in both counties. The Joint Service allows significant cost savings while maintaining frontline services at a time of public service cuts, as well as a pooling of expertise from both Somerset and Devon to form a stronger service overall.