The Tick Box campaign has been developed by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) with the support of the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK), National Trading Standards (NTS), Trading Standards Scotland (TSS), Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS) and Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service (NITSS).


The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. The IPO educates businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities, supports IP enforcement and grants UK patents, trade marks and design rights.

The Self Storage Association (SSA UK) is the principal trade association representing both self storage operators and industry supplier members’ interests in the UK. The association seeks to promote best practice and facilitate the growth of one of the fastest growing alternative asset based industries in the UK.

National Trading Standards delivers national and regional consumer protection enforcement. Its purpose is to protect consumers and safeguard legitimate businesses by tackling serious national and regional consumer protection issues, organised criminality and protecting food supplies by ensuring the animal feed chain is safe.

Trading Standards Scotland is a national team managed by COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities). They are funded directly by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and HM Treasury, to provide a cross border service to combat scams, national consumer issues, and illegal moneylending, across Scotland.

The Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Its members are professional trading standards managers representing every Scottish local authority trading standards service. The Society liaises with local council colleagues across the UK, and engages with government and others around the operation of the consumer protection landscape, providing leadership and consistency to Scotland’s 31 trading standards teams.

In Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy’s Trading Standards Service (NITSS) is responsible for promoting and maintaining a fair-trading environment, protecting consumers and enabling reputable businesses to thrive. NITSS is committed to providing a fair and impartial service.