A Real Deal Charter was signed on Saturday 30 May to reinforce the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s commitment to working in partnership with local market traders at Portobello and Golborne Market.

The Council became the latest authority to sign the Real Deal Charter designed to assure shoppers and market traders that trading standard’s officers and market officers are on the lookout for fake products.

The charter was signed by Markets Manager Nick Kasic and Trading Standards Manager Sanju Manji during the celebrations to mark Portobello and Golborne Market’s 150th anniversary.

Commenting on the charter the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the markets Cllr Tim Ahern said:
“Portobello and Golborne Market is one of the oldest and most popular street markets in London and we want to maintain its well deserved reputation. By signing this charter the Council is reaffirming its message that we have a zero tolerance attitude to anyone who will tarnish the market’s reputation by selling counterfeit or illegal goods.”

The Real Deal scheme, which was launched in 2009, now has 83 local authorities and over 372 markets signed up.

Campaign Director for the Real Deal, Patricia Lennon, said:
“All the stakeholders in the Real Deal campaign are delighted to welcome the council-operated market, managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, into the Real Deal scheme. Portobello and Golborne Road Market is renowned for its vibrant, diverse offering, which shoppers enjoy. By signing the Real Deal Charter, the Council can now display the Real Deal logo at the market, giving an assurance to shoppers and to market traders that this is a fake-free zone.”

The Real Deal national charter is designed to keep traders in counterfeit goods and other illegal products out of UK markets and car boot fairs. Its slogan  ‘a safe, fair, place to shop and trade’ aims to encourage closer working between market operators and local trading standards teams with the aim of protecting consumers, local businesses and communities against the harm caused by the trade in fake products.

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L to R – Chairman of Portobello and Golborne Management Committee, Mark Barr; Senior Trading Standards Office, Ash Shah; Portobello Trader Dolly Stallard; Victoria Borwick, MP; Trading Standards Manager, Sanju Manji; Market Manager, Nick Kasic; Mayoress Elizabeth Freeman and Mayor of Royal Borough Cllr Robert Freeman.