National Consumer Week 2012, on the theme of Cold Calling - Don't Buy It launched on 12 November from the Age UK's London hub on Tavistock Square.
BBC personality Gloria Hunniford, of Rip Off Britain and Doorstep 999, consumer minister Jo Swinson MP, TSI's chief executive Ron Gainsford and Age UK's head of information and advice Lucy Harmer spoke to an audience of consumer organisation and police representatives about the huge problem caused by cold calling doorstep traders, in particular those offering home maintenance services.
Our clip of money saving expert Martin Lewis supporting the Cold Calling - Don't Buy It campaign, and the no cold calling 'super sign' was also shown.
Media coverage, which had started earlier in the day with a feature on ITV's Daybreak, continued with London Tonight filming the launch event and interviewing Ron Gainsford and Gloria Hunniford.
Consumer minister Jo Swinson MP with TSI's no cold calling 'super sign', surrounded by Age UK's Lucy Harmer, Gloria Hunniford and TSI's Ron Gainsford.
Gloria Hunniford tells the audience about the many victims of cold calling she has come across on her programmes Rip Off Britain and Doorstep 999.
Watch Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis interview about why he is supporting the Cold Calling Don't Buy It campaign:
In November 2011 we launched our 2011 National Consumer Week 'Good Sports Don't Fake It' at the View Tube overlooking the Stratford Olympic Park.
From left to right: Tessa Sanderson,Olympic javeline thrower, Teresa Perchard, Citizens Advice Director of Policy, Baroness Judith Wilcox, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Ron Gainsford TSI Chief Executive, Mike Roylance, Adidas senior brand protection manager and Ben Challenger,high jumper and 2012 Olympic hopeful.
Below is a video from our 2010 launch event when our theme was e-consumers and safely shopping online.
We were delighted to be allowed to kick off the week from the top of the BT Tower with support from Junior Apprentice of the Year, Arjun Rajyagor.