Here are links to some of the information sources that you’ll need when setting up and running your complementary therapy or alternative medicine business.
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media. They apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP). Their work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking the media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertising. Website: http://asa.org.uk/
Government Services and Information – a great source of information with all government departments, public bodies and agencies under one website: www.gov.uk
Office for National Statistics (ONS) – is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every ten years. ONS plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. It is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority and although they are separate, they are still closely related. Website: www.ons.gov.uk
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – provide a regulatory framework for health and safety within the workplace. You are responsible for health and safety in your business and the laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers. If you have under five employees you don’t have to write down your risk assessment and health and safety policy but it is good practice to have them whatever the size of your business. Website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) – this was set up to uphold information rights in the public interest also known as data protection. If you are handling personal information, you are required to sign up to and maintain strict data protection guidelines. Website: https://ico.org.uk/