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Apply to be a Trusted Trader

Anyone with a business based in Derbyshire or who does at least half their work in the county can apply to be a Trusted Trader, you could be a trader or retail business.

Unfortunately, we can't accept applications from businesses that only trade with other businesses. This is because the scheme is designed to bring businesses and customers together and different rules apply to business to business contracts.

To apply to be a Trusted Trader you can download and complete an application form and post it to:

Trusted Trader
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

We have list which sets out all the additional information you need to send with your completed form.

We’re not able to process your application and make business checks until all this information is received so please check you've included it all.

To request a starter pack:

  • email: (please include your personal and business names, postal address and telephone number)
  • tel: 01629 536148 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday


We don’t make a profit from Trusted Trader so our fees are low - less than £2 a week. Our fees are lower than most similar schemes set up in different parts of the country.

What you pay varies according to the size of your business. The application fee, which includes your first year's membership, is:

  • £70 (including VAT) for sole traders and social enterprises
  • £100 (including VAT) for all other businesses

If your application is unsuccessful, this fee is not refundable.

The fee you pay contributes to the costs incurred in checking your application, so the money is spent regardless of whether or not you are subsequently granted membership.

After your first year as a member of the scheme you will need to pay an annual renewal fee which is:

  • £70 (including VAT) for sole traders and social enterprises
  • £100 (including VAT) for all other businesses

For larger businesses running more than one outlet, there will be an application and renewal fee for each outlet.