If you are pestered by cold-calling telesales and junk faxes you can easily do something about it these days. It is unlawful for businesses to make sales or direct marketing calls to anyone who has registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) or with the Facsimile Preference Service (FPS). This has effectively finished some companies research' methods of trawling the telephone book for likely candidates to flog their services to. Almost every retailer I know has been canvassed in this way in the past, being offered something free', such as a grant, a directory listing or a business rates appeal, and the vast majority are con tricks. Increasingly people are registering with either TPS or FPS and I can verify that it really works. I no longer get junk faxes. Companies that don't screen their lists and keep on making unwanted calls, now face fines of £5,000 per infringement, plus compensation. So make a resolution to get the cowboys out of your hair this year. Register with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707 which will stop nuisance calls after 28 days and similarly ring the Fax Preference Service on 0845 070 0702 (or fax them on 0845 070 0705). {{GROCER CLUB }}