Spilsby market gains top accreditation

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Markets in the area have been given the thumbs up after a visit from Trading Standard officers.

Officers visited Louth market as part of the Real Deal scheme which aims to rid markets and cat boot sales nationwide of counterfeit and illegal goods.

As a result of being given the all clear, three East Lindsey District Council-run markets in Horncastle, Louth and Spilsby have all earned all the Real Deal accreditation and signed up to a Markets’ Charter – recognising East Lindsey’s commitment to safe and fair trading at its local markets.

Councillor Craig Leyland, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, including Markets, said: “Markets are a great British tradition and we pride ourselves in providing visitors with only top quality, often locally produced, items. The Real Deal accreditation shows these visitors that when they buy an item from our markets they can rest assured that the item will not be counterfeit, illegal or dangerous.”

The Real Deal campaign is a cross-sector partnership initiative involving local authority Trading Standards and local market operators – in this case Lincolnshire Trading Standards and East Lindsey District Council.

At the heart of the Real Deal campaign is the national Markets’ Charter, which has been created in consultation with all the partners in the initiative and which sets out key principles for market operators, local authority trading standards services, industry and trademark representatives to sign up to and abide by.