October 2019

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Published on 3 October 2019

Putting the brake on goods that are fake

Front row, Mike Walsh and Dolores Riordan from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards sign the charter. Back row, Councillors Nina Jeffries, Jackie Hook (Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot North) and Councillor Rufus Gilbert.

Newton Abbot Market signs charter against unsafe and counterfeit goods

Newton Abbot Market is committed to fake-free trading and has signed the Real Deal National Markets Charter with Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

By signing the charter, the market and its stallholders are reaffirming their commitment that fake and other illicit goods are not welcome.

The Teignbridge District Council-owned market includes both the indoor and outdoor town centre markets and the weekday food hall.

Currently there are more than 500 markets across the country have signed the voluntary charter.
It provides guidance, information and promotional support to trading standards and market operators to ensure that markets are free of counterfeit and other illegal goods.

Trading standards has a statutory responsibility to protect consumers from the sale of illegal goods.
Counterfeit and illicit goods are often of inferior quality and in most cases unsafe, as they have not gone through the same rigorous safety checks that legitimate goods go through. 

Their sale can damage consumer confidence and legitimate businesses because they infringe existing intellectual property rights.

Mike Walsh, Market Manager, said: “It’s important for our customers to know that they are purchasing good quality products that are safe and reasonably priced. When the opportunity arose to be part of the Real Deal Campaign we welcomed it. The sale of fake and illicit goods can have an adverse impact on business and reputation and it’s important that customers can shop here with confidence”.

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for economy and trading standards, said: “Counterfeit goods damage legitimate businesses and are often poorly made. Counterfeit toys for instance are often unsafe and particularly dangerous to small children. By signing the charter Newton Abbot Market is standing up for the consumer and protecting businesses who play by the rules”.

Stallholder Diane Smith, from Newton Phone Cases and Repairs, said: “The Real Deal status reassures our customers that the quality of our goods is of a high retail standard and they can shop here with confidence”.

Councillor Nina Jeffries, Portfolio Holder for Business, Economy and Tourism at Teignbridge District Council, said: “We are delighted to sign up to the charter and would like to thank Trading Standards for their ongoing help and advice.  Newton Abbot is the first market they worked with to achieve this quality standard and we are making great strides.  “This is part of our continued commitment to delivering Teignbridge Council’s Strategy for our markets and is part of the wider Newton Abbot regeneration plan, to make our places even better to live, work and visit”.

Patricia Lennon, Real Deal National Campaign Manager, said: “By signing the Real Deal Charter, the market and the councils are demonstrating their joint commitment to protecting shoppers and legitimate traders from the harm caused by counterfeit goods. It also sends out a strong warning to any would-be traders in fakes and other illicit goods that they are not welcome at this market. We are grateful for the work that both trading standards and the market management have put in to adopting the charter”.