4 August 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Check out tradesmen to avoid taking on a cowboy
Published in Hertfordshire Mercury
An anti-rogue trader business has promised to stamp out cowboy builders and other rogues across Hertfordshire after expanding into the county.
Checkatrade provides a free, transparent and impartial directory of more than 6,000 vetted tradespeople across the UK.
Self-employed agent Gordon Bunday, who was born and bred in Hertfordshire, is now returning to offer the Checkatrade standard to a wide range of trades in his home county. He said: "Checkatrade is an effective and worthwhile service, which has saved customers thousands of pounds against rogue traders and provided peace of mind across the South of England.
"I am excited to bring the service to Hertfordshire and ensure the safety and confidence of customers. Through the website checkatrade.com people can find the best possible tradesmen quickly and efficiently , and rest safe in the knowledge that the individual or company will provide an honest, fair and high-quality service.
Over the next few weeks, Herts businesses will be invited to register for approval to join, with joining fee's based on the firms turnover.
Founder and managing director of West Sussex based Checkatrade, Kevin Byrne, added; "Every year more than 1m UK home owners have to spend time fixing work carried out by tradesmen without the correct qualifications or training."
Ware-based electrician Eddie Rowlings said he was looking into registering. He said:"Maybe this will help seperate my business from those who are only in to make a quick buck."
For more information visit www.checkatrade.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ