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Apply to be a Trusted Trader

Anyone with a business based in Derbyshire or who does a significant amount of 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.

Businesses must have been trading in an unchanged capacity for 6 months or more, unless the trader can provide satisfactory details of previous trading history.


We do not make a profit from Trusted Trader so 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 is:

  • £75 (including VAT) for sole traders and social enterprises
  • £110 (including VAT) for all other businesses

This fee includes your first year of membership. After your first year as a member of the scheme you'll need to pay an annual renewal fee. The application fee and the renewal fee are set at the same level in any given year.

If your application is unsuccessful, the 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.

For larger businesses running more than one outlet, there will be an annual fee for each outlet or a combined fee agreed by negotiation.

Apply to be a Trusted Trader

Or you can complete the application form attached to this page and post it to:

Trusted Trader
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

We have a 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