Summit Roofguard directors sentenced in case brought by Trading Standards
The directors of Summit Roofguard Ltd, trading as Status Glass, have been sentenced to custodial sentences in relation to more than 20 charges of unfair, misleading or aggressive commercial practices. They tricked customers by offering them a ‘discount’ on a significantly inflated price, which still resulted in the discounted price being well above market rate. The ‘offer’ was for that day only to add pressure to the decision-making process. The company were also charged with two counts of displaying on a website the Secured by Design logo without having the necessary authorisation to do so.
Secured by Design worked closely with Dudley Trading Standards to bring charges against this company and provided information and witness statements to support their prosecution. The case was pursued over a four year period, which is the longest Trading Standards case in UK history.
Secured by Design take unlawful use of our trademarks very seriously and support Trading Standards where their trademark has been used by companies without SBD approval. The only companies that are permitted to use the SBD logo on their products are those listed on this website under Member Companies.
Alan McInnes, General Manager of Secured by Design, said: “We will continue to support Trading Standards and will protect the value that our member companies derive from using our logos from those who wish to devalue the brand by fraudulent use of our trademarks.”
Sentencing in this case took place on 10 March 2016 and the directors of Summit Roofguard were sentenced to jail terms of 2.5 years each. Trading Standards have expressed the hope that this case will serve as a warning to traders who use aggressive and misleading sales tactics.