Businesses selling products, such as shops and petrol stations

Equality law applies to every business that provides goods, facilities or services to the public or a section of the public.

This includes any business, large or small, that is selling goods. This could be anything from somebody who sells cosmetics door-to-door through to a large supermarket or electrical retailer.

It also includes you if you sell something alongside another service, for example, you are a garage that sells cars as well as servicing cars for customers.

It doesn’t matter whether your service is free, for example, a stall handing out free newspapers, or whether it must be paid for – it will still be covered by equality law.

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Last Updated: 02 Aug 2010