Louth market gets the all clear from Trading Standards

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Louth market is the real deal - it’s official!

The popular thrice weekly market has been praised after a visit by Trading Standards officers.

The market was visited by Trading Standards as part of the Real Deal scheme which aims to rid markets and cat boot sales nationwide of counterfeit and illegal goods.

As a result of being given the ‘all clear’ the Louth market and the East Lindsey District Council run markets in Horncastle and Spilsby have all earned all the Real Deal accreditation and signed up to a Markets’ Charter, recognising East Lindsey’s commitment to safe and fair trading at its local markets.

Coun Craig Leyland, Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, including Markets, said: “Markets are a great British tradition and the traders on our markets pride themselves in providing visitors with an exciting range of good quality products and produce.

“The Real Deal accreditation shows local people and visitors that when they buy an item from our markets they can rest assured they are buying from a market that does all it can to uphold the highest standards in trading.

“We work closely with Trading Standards and welcome their visits to our markets at any time.”

The Real Deal campaign is a cross-sector partnership initiative involving local authority Trading Standards and local market operators – in this case Lincolnshire Trading Standards and East Lindsey District Council.

At the heart of the Real Deal campaign is the national Markets’ Charter, which has been created in consultation with all the partners in the initiative and which sets out key principles for market operators, local authority trading standards services, industry and trademark representatives to sign up to and abide by.

Part of the charter is to monitor the markets and share intelligence police, Trading Standard and market operators on how to identify illegal products.

East Lindsey District Council’s Markets Manager Esther Belton came together with market traders Gary Turgoose and Debbie Wordley to celebrate the news.

Both Crimestoppers and Consumer Direct support this initiative.

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