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Aug
1
2012

Sincere Apology

We mistakenly posted details upon our site with the words ‘DUPLICATE DO NOT USE’ next to Mr Jolly Chimney Sweep in Tunbridge Wells. We sincerely apologise for any distress this may have caused, we confirm that no harm was meant. We understand Mr Phil Byrne and his business are not duplicates and we have no reason to believe that they should not be used.
Jul
13
2012

Warning Website Scam - PLEASE READ

We have just been made aware of a scam whereby our website pages have been copied and rebranded under the name of Business Trade Check – they have not been given permission to do this!
Feb
27
2012

Kent pensioner conned out of £80,000

A pensioner in Kent lost £80,000 over three years after conmen repeatedly used well-practised tactics to exploit him, a BBC investigation has revealed.
Feb
25
2012

Suffolk/Essex: Rogue trader gets 30-month jail term

A ROGUE trader who was part of a gang which “ruthlessly exploited” vulnerable householders in Suffolk and Essex and conned them out of £40,000 for poor-quality work has been jailed for 30 months.
Feb
13
2012

Leamington boss jailed for fraud Paul Henstone put in spotlight by TV show Cowboy Builders

A NOTORIOUS builder from Leamington who left a trail of destruction has had his work exposed on television.
Feb
13
2012

HMRC turns the screw on builders in latest crackdown

Builders could see their bank balances subside as they have moved to the top of the taxman’s targeted campaign list
Feb
8
2012

Watch out for rogue TV aerial companies in Hampshire’s digital switchover

ROGUE traders are using the confusion over the digital television switchover to try to dupe residents into handing over cash for work that doesn’t need doing.
Feb
6
2012

Rogue Purbrook electrician who conned Hampshire residents is given an Asbo

A ROGUE electrician who conned people out of cash and left one home at risk of burning down has been stopped from trading.
Feb
1
2012

BMF urges Ministers to extend 5% VAT rate to Green Deal

Paying a builder or cleaner in cash, allowing them to evade VAT or income tax, will result in even deeper Government cuts to public services. That is the message from the most senior tax collector at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Dec
15
2011

Yorkshire Copper Tube calls for change to scrappage laws

LIVERPOOL: Yorkshire Copper Tube's commercial director, Neil Overton, has called for the Government to review its laws on metal scrappage to help plumbers across the UK.
Dec
7
2011

Rogue trader cons elderly Market Drayton resident

The warning follows an incident yesterday at Market Drayton where an elderly woman was approached by a man in the street who said she owed him £300 for replacing several roof tiles.
Dec
6
2011

Cowboy Roofers fined

Trading standards were ordered by Wandsworth Council to investigate a roofing company
Dec
5
2011

Drains scam hits pensioner for £7k

Trading standards officers have warned householders to beware of a Rogue Traders-style drainage scam after a Cambridge pensioner was conned out of £7,000.
Dec
2
2011

Electricians become target of latest HMRC crackdown

Electricians could be in for a shock after becoming the focus of HM Revenue & Customs' latest tax crackdown
Dec
1
2011

Rogue plumber cons pensioner

POLICE have renewed appeals for elderly people to beware of rogue traders after an 88-year-old pensioner was conned on her doorstep.
Nov
30
2011

Warning after tree surgeons convicted

A PAIR of rogue tree surgeons have been convicted of harassing a victim into paying for unauthorised work at his home in North Yorkshire.
Nov
29
2011

Rogue trader convicted

A rogue trader who conned an 80-year-old Melton man into having his driveway resurfaced has been sentenced after pleading guilty to fraud.
Nov
28
2011

Rogue trader’ trial resumes

OXFORD: The trial of a former Swindon Town footballer and two tradesman accused of swindling elderly Oxfordshire residents out of thousands of pounds will resume today.
Nov
25
2011

Court told of £6,000 bill for unfinished work

A WOMAN who came home to find builders had left her toilet dumped in her kitchen said she was charged more than £6,000 for an unfinished bathroom.
Nov
24
2011

I'd be a less shoddy builder, says OAP

A disabled woman in her 70s who was allegedly conned by a rogue trader told jurors yesterday: “I could have done a better job myself.”
Nov
24
2011

Rogue trader warning from Halton Trading Standards

TRADING Standards in Halton and Warrington are warning residents about a rogue trader operating in the area
Nov
24
2011

Beware septic tank scam

From West Sussex Trading Standards
Nov
23
2011

'Heartless' workmen con Eastbourne woman

Detectives are searching for two men who carried out a heartless theft from an Eastbourne woman.
Nov
22
2011

The war on building sites has opened up new fronts

Protests on construction sites across Britain turned into mass stay-aways last week. Groups of other construction workers have united with electricians to walk off the job.
Nov
22
2011

Police appeal after attempted deception

A ROGUE trader attempted to deceive a 92-year-old man in Banbury when he demanded more money than agreed for work.