Free directory of approved traders on offer from ESCC

SHOPPERS in 1066 Country can pick up a copy of a directory listing approved traders at a series of supermarket events.

Officers from East Sussex Trading Standards will be out and about in St Leonards and Battle promoting its Buy and Support With Confidence directory.

They will be at Budgens in Battle today (Friday), from 10am to 2pm, at Tesco Extra, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards on Friday, May 30, from 3pm to 6pm and at Asda, Battle Road, St Leonards, on Friday, June 13, from 3pm to 6pm.

Buy With Confidence allows people to engage the services of trusted traders, while Support With Confidence offers those who need care and support details of approved providers.

Shoppers will be able to obtain a free copy of the directory, which lists members of the schemes who have been vetted and meet a range of criteria.

People will also be able to pick up a free ‘Super Sticker’, which they can display at their front door warning doorstep traders to stay away.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) lead member for economy, said: “Visiting supermarkets is an ideal way for our Trading Standards officers to meet the people they serve face-to-face, in an informal setting.

“These events will also allow people to make sure they have a copy of the sticker, which sends a clear message to cold callers, and directory, which allows people to be confident they are engaging the services of traders and care providers they can trust.” A free copy of the directory can also be obtained by calling the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 or emailing