Friday, 1 August 2014

Saltcoats Market signs-up to 'Real Deal' quality charter

North Ayrshire Council has teamed up with Spook Erections, operators of Saltcoats Market, to make sure the public get the ‘Real Deal’ when it comes to bagging a bargain.

The ‘Real Deal’ initiative is a national campaign aimed at signing-up market operators to the National Markets’ Charter, an agreement that sets-out safeguards and standards for stallholders and customers.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson explained, “Markets that follow strict Charter guidelines are easily identifiable by the distinct ‘Real Deal’ logo on display at trading locations. The mark affirms that stallholders do not sell illegal items or try to ‘rip off’ customers.

“Spook Erections has signed-up to the Charter and is now working in partnership with the Trading Standards department of North Ayrshire Council to protect consumers. Trading Standards will make sure standards are upheld and, if necessary, enforced.”

The Markets Charter also acts to prevent the sale of dangerous, counterfeit, pirated or stolen goods.

North Ayrshire Council Leader Willie Gibson said, “I am delighted that Saltcoats Market has signed-up to this charter.

“The market has been popular among local people and visitors since the 1960s and has built up a good standing in the community. It is good to see that stallholders are absolutely committed to ensuring shoppers can be confident that anything they buy is sourced legally and is safe to use.”

The SNP councillor for Saltcoats & Stevenston noted, “By signing-up to the Charter, local markets are making an effort to show that they are still a place for a bargain, but not at the expense of quality and safety.”

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