Penygroes company sign up to Gwynedd Trading Standards campaign

Date 23/09/2016
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Owner of the Lock up Self storage company with John Eden Jones from Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Unit

Penygroes company sign up to Gwynedd Trading Standards campaign

A Penygroes firm is the first self-storage company in Gwynedd to sign up to a national campaign that aims to tackle the storage of illegal goods.

 The ‘Lock Up Self Storage’ company from Penygroes have signed-up to the ‘Tick Box: Keep it Real, Keep it Legal’ code of practice. It is a national initiative run by the Trading Standards Institute and administered locally by Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Unit. 

 In order for the company to be considered for the scheme, the company has gone through a detailed audit process where they have agreed to prohibit the storage of illegal goods including counterfeit items and non-duty paid alcohol or tobacco. The company have also been able to show that they have robust ID checks in place requiring those looking for a self – storage facility to show a photograph ID and proof of address.  In order for the company to be considered for the scheme they will also have a system in place for reporting suspicious activity to enforcement bodies such as Trading Standards, HMRC or the Police.

 The code of practice has been introduced following a series of visits by Trading Standards Officers in Wales to self–storage facilities, resulting in the seizure of counterfeit perfume, clothing and tobacco.

 Chris Jones, owner of Lock up Self storage said: “I’m pleased to be part of this code of practice and look forward to working closely with Trading Standards in addition to other enforcement agencies in Gwynedd.”

 John Eden Jones from Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Unit added: “Our Unit has long worked with local businesses in order to assist them in complying with trading regulations.  The Tick Box campaign is another excellent example of a partnership between Trading Standards and a local business which will offer protection to both the trader and customers alike.” 

 Further information on the Tick Box code of practice, including the application process is available by calling Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards team on 01766 771000 or emailing: safmas@gwynedd.llyw.cymru