BUSINESSES are benefiting from a Buy With Confidence scheme, according to West Sussex County Council.
The Trading Standards stamp of approval, which protects consumers from rogue traders, has become a marketing tool for all manner of businesses, said a council spokesman.
Nearly 400 businesses across the county, from financial advisors to waste recyclers, have been comprehensively vetted by Trading Standards experts.
They all appear in the 2012 West Sussex Buy With Confidence free business directory, which is out now.
Buy With Confidence is open to all businesses, from one person operations to major employers.
Ashley Dawe, of Ashley Dawe Property Maintenance in Steyning, said: “If I am going to be accredited, I want to be accredited by something that has some weight.
“I felt that Buy With Confidence was brilliant.
“The people who use me know why they use me – this just reaffirms their choice.
“I get thousands and thousands of pounds worth of business from it.”
Each business has agreed to be regularly monitored by Trading Standards to make sure they maintain standards, and where applicable under the terms of the scheme criminal records checks have been carried out on their staff.
The Buy With Confidence directory is available from libraries, register offices, help points, tourist information centres, district and borough council offices, doctors and dentist surgeries and selected DIY stores across West Sussex.
The directory can also be ordered by calling 01243 642124.-