Trader convicted of unfair trading practices

Andrew Scott and his company Premier Interiors Ltd have been convicted of breaching the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The offence relates to a project for a Derbyshire couple who had ordered a kitchen which was to be installed by Premier Interiors Ltd. They signed a contract and paid a £1000 deposit, believing that the balance was due to be paid on completion of the work.

Andrew Scott of Premier Interiors Ltd rang the customer just as his van and workmen were pulling up outside their house. He demanded that the couple pay £7,300 immediately, otherwise his workers would not fit the kitchen.

The couple contacted Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards department following the incident who began an investigation and brought the prosecution against Mr Scott and his company.

Derby Crown Court were told that Mr Scott had sold the couple the kitchen a day after he and his previous firm, Concept Interiors, had been sentenced in court for a similar offence.

Mr Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in unfair trading practices and the Court fined him £1,000 and his company £15,000.

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