I am not a vendor and so claim zero expertise or deep knowledge on the details of running a successful business, but as a consumer directly influenced by their current and future viability these thoughts are directed towards them.
I do not propose to rake over the sad history of how and why TPD2 evolved as it did, or bleat about how the MHRA is implementing this
But rather concentrate upon what was said in these tweets via ECF
The disturbing reality is that out of 2000 vendors,equipment manufacturers,juice vendors....etc there exists only a tiny number who are involved or members of a trade association
whilst some of the big players are contained here,there are vast numbers who are not involved whatsoever. Again, I don't want to now start a long script extolling the virtues of belonging to a trade association other than saying 'strength in numbers, helps to protect your business', 'helps to guarantee the quality of the product to avoid rogue traders'.
Maybe controversially, I shall advance a thought that all vendors should belong to a trade association (of their choice ), on a compulsory basis. I am a libertarian by nature, but something along these lines has to be at least considered, before regulators decide that for you.
The same circumstances exist in the US(and elsewhere), with the same unwanted outcome expected so fgs. Get yourselves organised NOW!