Policy & Advice

We advise on a diverse range of issues, including importing, exporting, due diligence, labelling, CMO guidelines, licensing questions and issues with HMRC.




Global Exports


Social Responsibility

We have commissioned our Primary Authority Partners at the Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence (GMCRE) to help provide answers to some of your technical queries for a trial period. We will still see all questions and take a view about which could be dealt with by GMRCE and which would be better managed in-house.  You should be aware that if a query reveals significant issues of non-compliance, GMRCE may be bound by their statutory obligations to refer that for regulatory action. As many questions are about future proposals, we assess the prospects of such referrals are low. We will, of course, be alert to that when identifying the questions to send to GMCRE and if members have any concerns please raise them with david@wsta.co.uk

We have the largest and broadest membership base of any trade association in our sector;

multi-channel, multi-category, national and international, start-ups through to global brands, the full length of the supply chain. We therefore have a better understanding and are able to represent more of the industry.

With former Cabinet office, Defra, HMRC and Fleet Street staff working at the WSTA, we have good, established communications with and contacts in Government, in Parliament and in the media.

Some of our services include:

Discounted services

Have a voice with the government

Participate in our committees and events