Brighton & Hove City Council is conducting a survey of retail premises and has so far found that 75% of traders are not compliant with the requirements of the Business Names Act 1985. Those at fault include a number of major chains as well as many independent retailers.
The Act requires businesses to display a correspondence address in the trading area. The reason for this legislation is to ensure that anybody with a problem or complaint can write to the business easily and without having to approach a member of staff first.
This initial survey has been limited to convenience stores and clothing retailers. However, there is no evidence to suggest that other retail sectors are any better.
Businesses failing to comply with this Act could be liable for fines of up to £1000. Furthermore these businesses may find that civil law contracts that they have entered into could be invalidated.
For full details of the Business Names Act 1985 please click on the link below.
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