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Updates, News & Interesting Snippets about our Artisan Markets in Northern Ireland

Real Deal

Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market is delighted to announce that it has

been presented with the 'Real Deal' Charter.

This self-regulatory code aims to create a fake free, fair, and legitimate shopping

environment at markets.  The campaign is a cross-sector, partnership initiative,

bringing together local authority trading standards services, market operators and

traders, industry groups, and copyright and trademark owners, all of whom are

united with a common commitment to ensure fake-free and fair shopping


Welcoming the development, Shauna McFall of Naturally North Coast & Glens

Community Interest Company, said:

"Our Trader Product Standards and Code of Conduct naturally meet the requirements of the Real Deal Charter, so this is a fantastic additional standard for safe, fair markets. It gives shoppers that extra confidence that goods purchased are safe and legal"

“As well as counterfeit items, the Real Deal charter covers all laws and regulations

that would be enforced by trading standards including copyright infringements,

weights and measures and product safety.”

Offering his congratulations, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough

Council Councillor Richard Holmes said:

“Council is very proud to work with Naturally

North Coast and Glens Artisan Market at many events in our Borough. The local

produce and crafts made by the stallholders are second to none, and the market is a

great asset for the area. I am very pleased that its commitment to upholding the

highest trading standards has now been officially recognised in this way, and I would

like to congratulate all those who have contributed towards this.”

Patricia Lennon, National Manager of the Real Deal campaign, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Naturally North Coast and Glens into the Real Deal. It is

fantastic that the market’s organisers, their traders, and the Trading Standards

Service in Ballymena are uniting under the Real Deal banner to keep this event fake-

free, protecting shoppers and supporting legitimate, hard-working businesses.”

Damien Doherty, Chief Inspector of the Trading Standards Service, added:

“Fake items may appear attractive, but consumers should be aware of the wider

implications and the risks to their own safety. There has been a worrying increase in

potentially dangerous fake goods being sold to consumers such as electrical

equipment, toys, personal care products and medicines.

“Counterfeit goods are big business, a drain on the economy, cost jobs and are

closely linked to organised crime both in Northern Ireland and abroad. Counterfeiting

and piracy also cause considerable damage to legitimate businesses.”

“This partnership with Naturally North Coast and Glens is a positive example of how

organisations can work together to promote law-abiding market activity providing

benefits for customers, traders and communities and reducing opportunities for

criminal activity.”

You can find out more about the Real Deal Campaign


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