Powys council wins award for tackling trade in fakes

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A council has won a UK award for its work in tackling the worldwide trade in fake goods.

Powys trading standards won the department of the year prize from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).

Members of the team were presented with the award at an event in Cheshire.

ACG campaigns against the trade in fakes on behalf of consumers and businesses, in partnership with government and the police, said the council.

Councillor Graham Brown, who is responsible for public protection, said: "Achieving national recognition is always a special achievement and our trading standards service fully deserves its Department of the Year award from the ACG.

"I would like to thank all the staff who have made this success possible."

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The work they have been carrying out in the field of counterfeiting and piracy is excellent”

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"The work they have been carrying out in the field of counterfeiting and piracy is excellent and for them to receive national recognition is a tremendous success.

"This award also recognises the support we give to legitimate businesses and consumers by targeting illegal shadow economy activities such as product counterfeiting which only seek to further destabilise our economy, particularly in times of recession. We also support the intellectual property rights of our businesses and the wider business community."

The Powys service's award application was sponsored by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Ken Yorston, the council's trading standards manager, said: "Our service works to make local communities better and safer places for people to live in and make markets competitive for businesses to trade in."

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