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Now you can buy as well as fly with confidence at Gatwick

CONSUMERS can now buy as well as fly with confidence from Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick, which serves more than 33 million passengers a year, has become the first airport in the UK to be approved for Buy With Confidence membership.

The Buy With Confidence scheme run by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service in conjunction with other local authorities around the country, recognises and approves businesses both big and small.

It is intended to support businesses and give confidence to consumers that members of the scheme have been thoroughly vetted by Trading Standards officers.

Graeme MacPherson, Head of Trading Standards, said: “We are pleased to have accepted Gatwick Airport in the scheme and will be working in partnership to further develop its membership to the benefit of the airport, its customers and the other businesses that operate within and around Gatwick.”

Despite its size, Gatwick Airport did not receive any special treatment and was robustly and thoroughly audited by County Council Trading Standards officers.

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Gatwick Airport notching up this UK ‘first’ highlights our Buy With Confidence scheme is open to all businesses – from one person operations to major organisations and employers.

“We are always keen to hear about businesses that have given a good service.  So we urge people in West Sussex to let us know about them. As Gatwick has shown, it doesn’t matter whether they’re big or small.”

Vicky Wyatt, Business Development Manager for Retail at Gatwick Airport, said: “Being the first airport in the UK to be accredited by Trading Standards is a great achievement and joining the Buy With Confidence scheme will encourage our passengers to do just that.

“Making sure our passengers have the best possible experience whilst travelling through our airport is very important to us. Shopping at Gatwick is a big part of that experience and the great savings that they can make at Gatwick will encourage our passengers to continue to shop with confidence.”

The Buy With Confidence Approved Traders Directory is available from traders who are members, Libraries, Register Offices, Help Points, Tourist Information Centres, District and Borough Council offices, doctors and dentists surgeries and selected DIY stores across West Sussex or by calling 01243 642124.

The directory can also be viewed on line at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Businesses wishing to join the Buy With Confidence scheme can find more details online at www.buywithconfidence.info  or by calling 01243 642124.