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Promoting Recommended, Vetted and Monitored tradesman since 1998. en-gb Copyright 1998-2014 Vetted Ltd Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT 1440 Checkatrade Press Releases 88 31 announces partnership with Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade benefits from and announces partnership to offer low cost card acceptance services to its 8,500+ Members Dipping into your pocket Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT With banks firmly closing the doors and venture capital firms becoming increasingly risk averse, GrowthBusiness speaks to entrepreneurs and business owners who are going it alone How I Made It: Kevin Byrne Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT On his success with Set-up: 1998 | Y1 Turnover: £35k | 2012 Turnover: £6.4m Best iPhone Apps 2012: Free and paid apps for iPhone Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Whether you're after the latest free iPhone apps or the App Store essentials, T3's app experts pick the best iPhone apps to grab in 2012 WAYS TO SORT OUT THE JOKERS Sat, 28 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Rogue Builders are everywhere ROSS Clark Reveals how to avoid falling victim to them New Checkatrade App Combats Cowboy Builders and Rogue Traders Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Architects Datafile (online): Building Construction Design (online): Your Show Home: Your New Home: Advice to prevent people being hit on by rogue traders Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Rogue traders are putting vulnerable residents at risk, a company which monitors contractors has warned. Dulux Trade Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Dulux Trade has unveiled the regional winners of its hotly contested Most Trusted Decorator competition. After receiving over 1,000 nominations for painters from across the UK, the paint manufacturer has selected its top decorators from 10 regions who will go on to compete in the national final next month. Flooding Cowboys Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Householders in South Tyneside are being warned to beware of Cowboy Builders Bespoke Landscapes Mon, 02 Jul 2012 23:00:00 GMT Hampshire landscaper Ben Johns is celebrating this week after winning his first medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. Ben- who is based in Hedge End- was awarded a coveted Silver medal from the RHS for his first ever show garden ‘The Poets’ Retreat’ at this years Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Suffolk County Council Trading Standards Accredited Trader Scheme Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT Suffolk County Council Trading Standards and have partnered to make Suffolk a rogue trader free county. Norfolk & Waveney Skills competition Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade member Wayne de Wet has recently been Head Judge. House Fixer:How to put up a fence Fixer.html Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT Putting up a fence is not rocket science but you need to know what you are doing to avoid costly accidents, Investing in your future Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT Guide to finacing your startup Locals warned to expect rise in rogue traders. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT TRADING Standards officers were this week giving out advice to people in St Ives and Hayle following a dramatic increase in reports of rogue traders. Littlehampton Gazette Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT ROGUE traders who have preyed on some of the victims of last week’s floods in Littlehampton have come in for scathing criticism from Arun District Council’s deputy leader Dudley Wensley. New Legislation on vetting companies Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT The Government has proposed neww assessment measures to protect people from cowboy builders. Business owners delay retirement Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT Entrepreneurs are delaying retirement far beyond 65, a new report has suggested. Switch over to Digital television this month Thu, 17 May 2012 23:00:00 GMT Television viewers in West Kent and East Sussex are reminded to prepare for the digital switchover this month. House & Home Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:00:00 GMT The Visitor is a monthly, general interest magazine for the local community, covering South Somerset, North Dorset and West Wiltshire. The circulation is 29,000 And for Selsey businessman Kevin Wed, 11 Apr 2012 23:00:00 GMT Leading local businessman Kevin Byrne has been selected by the London Organising Commitee of the Olympic and Paraolympic Games to take aprt in the Olympic Torch Relay. Green tax encourages trade cowboys Wed, 11 Apr 2012 23:00:00 GMT Trade cowboys or rogue traders will offer a way around the new green tax on home improvements, warns an industry expert. Helping to grow a better future Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:00:00 GMT A new social enterprise gets young people back into work through gardening, finds Sally Newall Check a trader Mon, 26 Mar 2012 23:00:00 GMT TRADING Standards are cracking down on rogue tradesmen and women. Homeowners can now get an accredited list of tradespeople as part of a partnership between Suffolk Trading Standards and Female traders registering with Checkatrade set to rise Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Currently there are more men working in industries such as building, plumbing and electrical engineering than women, but this is a changing trend says Checkatrade, which helps people avoid cowboy builders by providing a free transparent and impartial directory of vetted tradespeople and service providers across the UK. CIO vs CFO: Five ways to ensure the IT leader role wins out Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Even though many finance chiefs seem to think the days of the CIO role may be numbered, IT leaders still have a number of options to strengthen their hand. Rogue traders could be foiled by inspection plan Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Chartered surveyor e.surv has launched a property inspection service aimed at elderly or vulnerable homeowners who may be in danger of failing prey to cowboy builders and workmen Have a go’ Homeowners Resort to Own Roof Repairs Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT According to new research from - the UK's most trusted website for monitoring the reputation of tradespeople – almost half of UK homeowners are tackling their own roof repairs, despite potentially lethal consequences (remember Rod Hull!). Can You Spot Cowboy Builders? Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT In cashstrapped Britain more and more homeowners are doing it themselves but are putting homes at risk from botched jobs. Sussex entrepreneur bags prestigious gong Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Kevin Byrne, the founder of Selsey-based, has been honoured at the 2011 Sussex Business Awards. Take your time and leave the place tidy.... Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Tidiness is what homeowners expect most from trades people, according to a recent survey. Award win for boss of Checkatrade Thu, 08 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Kevin Byrne, founder of slesey-based scooped Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Sussex Business Awards held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton. Sussex celebrates it business success Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The winners of the 23rd Sussex Business Awards and the seventh Brighton & Hove Business Awards were announced last night at The Grand Hotel, Kings road, Brighton. Daylight shrubbery - Checkatrade on cowboy gardeners Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Following a recent news stroy about cowboy gardeners being on the up, Kevin Byrne, Managing Director at Checkatrade, which vets and monitors trade companies to help people avoid rogue traders comments: Women claim to do more DIY than men Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Women habe long suspected that men do very little "doing" when it comes to do-it-yourself jobs around the home. Half of homeowners ripped off by rogue traders Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Half of homeowners in the UK have been ripped off by a rogue trader or cowboy builder, according to new research. How To Not Get Ripped off By a Rogue Trader Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Half of UK Homeowners Have Been Ripped Off by Rogue Traders – Survey reveals Wayne de Wet and Great Yarmouth College Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Having won a host of awards being able to give something back gives Checkatrade member Wayne de Wet so much pleasure. Cancer Research UK Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Wayne de Wet presents cheque to Cancer Research UK A tradesman to trust Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Many of us at some stage in our lives will probably have an emergency in or around our home that needs attention quickly. Brits Rely on Their Mates Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Happy customers are the most powerful form of marketing, according to new research from - the UK's most trusted website for monitoring the reputation of tradespeople. Leaders set for award Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The county's leading business figures are in line for a major award. Choosing a Tradesperson Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Happy customers are the most powerful form of marketing, according to new research from – the UK’s most trusted website for monitoring the reputation of tradespeople When choosing a Tradesperson Brits rely on their mates Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Happy customers are the most powerful form of marketing, according to new research from – the UK’s most trusted website for monitoring the reputation of tradespeople. Brits rely on pals when choosing a tradesperson Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Happy customers are the most powerful form of marketing, according to new research. We do more DIY than men. Sun, 06 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Published: So who does the DIY? Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Published: Homeowners risk putting homes at mercy of cowboy builders Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Home owners in the South East are putting their homes at risk from botched jobs and spiralling building costs. Checkatrades' latest press coverage Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Published Housebuilder & Developer, Architects Datafile & Building Construction Design How to spot a cowboy Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Kevin Byrne, founder of explains how to avoid falling foul of cowboy builders and rogue trades. Weymouth building firm boss pays for false claims Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:00:00 GMT A director of a failed building firm has been prosecuted by Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards Women claim to do twice as much DIY as men Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:00:00 GMT Published 21 October 2011 Playing it safe to protect your home from cowboys Mon, 10 Oct 2011 23:00:00 GMT Martin Roberts, TV property expert, author and presenter of Homes under the Hammer offers advice and guidence on all things property related. Fiona & John Campbell of Aerial Fix Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:00:00 GMT Husband and wife team John and Fiona Campbell of Aerial Fix, Chandler's Ford have been recognised for their excellent work and voted runners-up in the first national Best TV Installer of the Year 2011 contest. Is the Green Deal a good deal Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:00:00 GMT Published in British Builder and Developer, & Don't Take Their Word for it Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:00:00 GMT How can you be sure that your tradesman is reputable and reliable? Premier Motorhomes & Leisure Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:00:00 GMT Based in Birdham, Premier Motorhomes is pleased to be sponsoring the Best Youth category. Outing the cowboys Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT Published in Ascot News; Brackenll News;Reading Chronicle:Bracknell News(Wokingham,Crowthorne & Sandhurst); Woodley & Earley Chronicle; Royal Borough Observer; Business Review (Reading Chronicle) New Life for your old Kitchen Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT Its not just changing the door and drawer fronts that Dream Doors offer...they can bring new life and purpose to your existing kitchen units. New Directory Fights the Rogue Traders Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT Published in The Advertiser (Newbury) 23 Aug 2011 Check out tradesmen to avoid taking on a cowboy Wed, 03 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT An anti-rogue trader business has promised to stamp out cowboy builders and other rogues across Hertfordshire after expanding into the county. Anti-rogue trader organisation licenses business in expansion drive Wed, 03 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT The Uk's first and leading vetting company for tradespeople and service providers is licensing it's business in a move to help stamp out the problem of rogue traders and cowboy builders across the UK. Trading up for a better job future Mon, 01 Aug 2011 23:00:00 GMT There are more men working in industries such as building, plumbing and electrical engineering than women, but this is a changing trend says Checkatrade. Checkatrade in the news Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:00:00 GMT Published in Surrey & Hants News: Godalming Messenger:Bordon Messenger On the case Mon, 11 Jul 2011 23:00:00 GMT No job is too small for the team at On Tap Group Property Services UK's top anti-rogue trader business expands into Hertfordshire Mon, 11 Jul 2011 23:00:00 GMT The Uk's first and leading vetting company for tradespeople and service providers today officially expands into Hertfordshire. The Business Magazine Fri, 01 Jul 2011 23:00:00 GMT Currently there are more men working in industries such as building, plumbing and electrical engineering than women, but this a changing trend, according to Checkatrade. Five-minute guide to avoiding DIY disasters Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:00:00 GMT British people love a spot of DIY, but sometimes our reluctance to call in the professionals causes more harm than good. The average home DIY disaster cost £145 for a tradesperson to rectify. New life for old kitchens Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:00:00 GMT If you can't justify splashing out on a brand new kitchen but you still want to freshen up the most hardworking room in your home, Dream Doors in Northgate Street is the place to go for a stylish new look that makes the most of your budget. The Argus Fri, 24 Jun 2011 23:00:00 GMT Why the UK needs Checkatrade and how it works. Chichester Observer Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:00:00 GMT Kevin Byrne comments in the Chichester Observer - also published in Horsham & Billingshurst Advertiser, Canterbury Times, Hampshire Chronicle, Bognor Regis Observer, Brackley & Towcester Advertiser, Bicester review, EN Magazine Tue, 31 May 2011 23:00:00 GMT Thinking of refurbishing your office? Or moving into a new shell? EN asks what you need to know about office fit-outs. Croydon Advertiser Thu, 12 May 2011 23:00:00 GMT Tree care scam Women signing up to skilled trade change Tue, 26 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT Article published:- Kent on Sunday, Frost Magazine, Your,,,,,, Malling Chronicle Sovereign FM interview Kevin Byrne Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT Sovereign Radio broadcasts Checkatrade interview Interview with Kevin Byrne MD of Checkatrade Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT A contemporary/gold station for Worthing in West Sussex. Spruce up your home with New Windows Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:00:00 GMT Let a ray of sunshine into your home this spring courtesy of G and S Windows. Business bearing fruit for Mango Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:00:00 GMT Celebrations are taking place at Lilliput-based company Mango Property Maintenance after a highly succesful year in business. Choose A Tradesman You Can Trust Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT As published in The Surrey & Hants News, Peterfield & District Messenger, Haselmere & District Messenger. Ideal Window Solutions Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Ideal Window Solutions have traded solidly from their base in Fareham since 1996. Award for watchdog Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Selsey firm has won the overall Rave Award in the 2011 Rant & Rave Awards. Press Release Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Published:-,, The Chichester Observer Award for Checkatrade Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Published:- Bognor Regis Observer & The Meon Valley News SO Brighton & Hove Magazine Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Featured Article on Checkatrade founder & MD Kevin Byrne Checkatrade Sponsors ITV Meridian Weather Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade are proud to announce that from 28th February 2011 that they will be the proud sponsors of ITV Meridian Weather for a 16 month period. The impact of the VAT rise for the building trade Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT The increase of vat to 20% will have a disastrous effect on the building trade. Checkatrade Member wins Dulux Select Decorator of the Year 2011 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade member Wayne de Wet is in high spirits after scooping the national award for Dulux Select Decorator of the Year 2011, Grand Winner. Checkatrade Wins National Award for Best Customer Focus Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT have been awarded "Best Customer Focus" The Best Business Awards are one of the UKs highest profile awards and winning this accolade says a lot about the quality of an organisation and the strength of a management team. Checkatrade MD and Founder runs 100 Kilometers for charity Sun, 17 Oct 2010 23:00:00 GMT Founder and MD of Checkatrade Mr Kevin Byrne completes a 100 Kilometers run and raises nearly £5,000 to help 3 year old Erin walk. Checkatrade Member wins major award at the Southern Business Awards 2010 Sun, 05 Sep 2010 23:00:00 GMT Justwood Flooring win Southern (medium size) Business of the Year 2010 Sussex Businesses Scoop Awards. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT The end of the year invariably heralds in the Award Season for businesses up and down the country: 2009 was no exception. Sussex-based companies The Creative Woodworking Company and Justwood Flooring have both been recognised in recent local awards. LITTLEHAMPTON CONTRACTOR RECOGNISED FOR LANDSCAPING PROJECT Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT Littlehampton-based Arun Driveways, has scooped a top award at this year’s prestigious Brett Approved Installer Awards. The company picked up Gold in the category of Best Small Patio for its work creating a sympathetic courtyard in a property in the historic location of Petworth Park. They were presented with a heavy duty digital camera as part of their prize, to help capture future prize-winning projects! Beware Rogue Traders About Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT The recent spell of bad weather and high winds has left many householders with damage to their properties, from broken roof tiles to fallen fences. Such extremes of weather are predicted to continue into the weekend, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Unfortunately, weather conditions like these present an opportunity for the unscrupulous to prey on people wanting to get repairs done quickly. They will go door to door offering their services. More often than not, they will charge an extortionate fee, demanding payment in cash, for what invariably turns out to be substandard work. Kevin Byrne, founder of vividly remembers the chaos rogue traders caused after a devastating tornado ripped through his former home town of Selsey, West Sussex. The Key to Success is Service Plus Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:00:00 GMT It is a time of celebration for the owners and staff of Farnham based plumbing company Service Plus. Over one thousand of their satisfied customers have submitted feedback to, the place to find a trader. Bright Sparks Keep Safe Wed, 19 Aug 2009 23:00:00 GMT A recent study from the NICEIC, the leading UK regulatory body for the electrical industry, shows that 74% of the population are unaware that electrical work done in the home is subject to law under Part P of the Building Regulations. Despite the fact that over 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths every year are caused by unsafe electrical repairs, a massive 63% of householders are still willing to undertake such work themselves, without having the necessary skills to do so. Checkatrade, the household name to find a vetted and monitored trade, is backing the NICEIC “Don’t Take The P Out of Your Home” campaign, highlighting the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations to householders. Dorset Tradesman Wins Britain's Tradesman of the Year Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:00:00 GMT Hi-Q Installations, a window, door and conservatory specialist of Poole in Dorset, has been named as Britain’s top tradesman in a competition sponsored by Budget Van Insurance and The lucky owner, John Chaloner, scoops the top prize of £2000 and a year’s membership to – the household name to find a vetted and recommended trade – as well as the coveted title of “Tradesman of the Year 2009”. Is It All Rubbish? Wed, 05 Aug 2009 23:00:00 GMT Walk around any city, town or village this summer and you are bound to see several skips, full of the debris from home improvement projects. But is it all really rubbish? Is it absolutely necessary for a perfectly re-useable kitchen sink, for instance, to be thrown away, adding to the UK’s waste mountain? Is there another way? is the answer. DO TRADERS GET A RAW DEAL? Sun, 02 Aug 2009 23:00:00 GMT On almost a daily basis it seems, the public are bombarded with stories of rogue builders, plumbers, roofers, landscapers and so on. The honest trader in Britain is being smeared unjustly with the same brush as those whose sole aim is to make a fast buck at someone else’s expense. How can an honest tradesperson set themselves apart from these rogues?, the place to find a vetted and monitored trader, provides the solution. Ukrainian Children Thrown Transport Lifeline Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:00:00 GMT What do you do when a dozen needy children and their helpers from the Ukraine need transport for a week and you only have enough for half of them? The answer for Selsey resident Sarah Phillips was simple – you ask your boss for the use of the company mini-bus for a week. Checkatrade founder Kevin Byrne’s reply was equally simple – a resounding “YES!” The Time Is Up for Rogue Traders Thu, 04 Jun 2009 23:00:00 GMT A little over 10 years ago, a Selsey business man had a dream – to isolate rogue traders by giving householders the ability to check out and source vetted tradespersons such as builders, electricians and so on. Today that dream is a thriving reality called Checkatrade. ( Businessman Declares "No Recession Here!" Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT At a time when the UK has been officially declared to be in recession, Checkatrade,, founder and CEO Kevin Byrne, announced that the Selsey, West Sussex company is still growing at an average 3.5% per month. Turnover in the 2007-08 year increased from £1.2 million last year to £1.8 million. Over 15,000 individual people now use the Checkatrade website every day to search for vetted and monitored traders, doubling the number from the same time last year. Get your ‘Tools at the Ready’ for Tradesman of the Year! Thu, 11 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Budget Van Insurance and Checkatrade are joining forces to launch the ‘Tradesman of the Year 2009’ competition; championing the skills of Britain’s most talented tradesmen and women. The contest provides the cream of the UK’s trade workforce with the chance to win a £2000 cash prize and scoop the coveted ‘Tradesman of the Year 2009’ title. Birthday Party Raises £800 for Charity Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT Selsey based company ( is celebrating 10 years of successful business this year and marked the occasion with an anniversary party. Over 200 hundred staff and members of Checkatrade attended the event, held at the Hilton Avisford Park Hotel in Walberton. Many of the guests attending had been members of Checkatrade right from the start. These members were honoured for their support and presented with specially commissioned cartoons, drawn by renowned cartoonist Danny Byrne. Each cartoon was specific to the particular trader and a “one off”. Checkatrade staff also honoured Founder and CEO Kevin Byrne with a voucher for a “Ferrari Experience Day”. Castle Kitchens Send Out Meals to The Streets. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT When Sussex-based food manufacturer Castle Kitchens Ltd ( found that they had a freezer full of in - date ready meals surplus to requirements, they began to think of ways of clearing them without adding to the food “waste mountain”. Instead, director Erica Sheward decided to donate all 1900 meals to Brighton-based charity Crossover, a division of City Coast Church ( Thriving In the Midst of Turmoil Thu, 06 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT In these current difficult times, when money is tight and credit hard to get hold of, how does a self employed trader ensure that their business not only survives, but thrives? How do they ensure the work keeps coming in and the appointment book rarely empty? Successful entrepreneur and founder Kevin Byrne has put together a “Guide to Thriving in the Midst of Turmoil”, based on his own experiences in business and those of Checkatrade members. Kevin says, “In these uncertain times, when trades and service providers are no longer booked up months in advance, but only weeks or even days, it has never been more important to ensure that you are doing everything possible to impress current and future customers. These are my suggestions to the small business owner to help their businesses continue to thrive in the midst of economic uncertainty.” Checkatrade Goes Pink. Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT Staff at Selsey based ( went pink on Friday to raise money in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of the fifteen staff members who were in the offices on Friday took part by dressing in items of pink clothing, including hats, hair and shoes. One even turned up in pink pyjamas. Traders Provide Solid Foundation Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:00:00 GMT The Checkatrade Charity Foundation, the benevolent arm of, has added the Exodus Foundation to the portfolio of aid organisations it supports via monthly donations from Checkatrade trade members and staff. The Foundation recently handed a cheque for £1000 to Exodus in order to avert a food supply crisis at the Mityana Orpahanage in Uganda. 300,000 New Listeners Tune In to Find the Best Trades Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade, the web-based information and directory service that helps reputable tradespersons to stand out from the rogues, has agreed radio sponsorships with Southern region stations, Power FM and 2CR FM. Low Cost and Green: New Products Launched Thu, 29 May 2008 23:00:00 GMT, a division of Checkatrade, is introducing a new range of products on its website. The goods are unused products being sold at significantly reduced prices. Ladders, patio awnings, shower cubicles, sinks, plumbing and building supplies, and much more, delivered to any UK mainland address. Tradesman Demolishes Own Building Work Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade founder and CEO Kevin Byrne has backed the call for traders to be given legal protection against “rogue customers” after Checkatrade member Nigel Gray was forced to demolish his own building work when a customer repeatedly refused to pay up. Drive-Through Sponsorship is a Dream Tue, 08 Apr 2008 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Hampshire radio station Dream 107.2 FM. Checkatrade Motors On with Southern FM Tue, 08 Apr 2008 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade has revealed a new partnership with Southern FM, one of the South's biggest and most listened to radio stations.They have landed one of the station’s four flagship sponsorships: The Drivetime show, featuring Dan Glasser and Lynsey Bartlett. Prove It: Increased Intolerance for Unbacked Traders Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT Consumers demanding that the traders they let into their homes are vetted and monitored before they employ them have helped fuel a recent surge in membership of the West Sussex-based firm National Winner Drives High Standards Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT Bretts, national supplier of landscaping and building products have recently awarded Checkatrade ( member George Frost of Arun Driveways, the title of Southern Region Installer of the Year for the third year in a row. In addition, a driveway built by George and his team was named “National Driveway Of The Year” beating competition from all over the UK. Checkatrade Reports Record Traffic On Website Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade, an answer to the UK’s rogue trade problem, report a significant increase in the numbers of unique visitors to their website,, and also the number of traders joining on a monthly basis. Renovators Avoid Rogue Traders With Checkatrade Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade an answer to the UK’s rogue trade problem, has joined forces with home renovation forum, to make choosing a reputable trader easier and simpler. The facility, called an Application Programme Interface, or API, allows members of the Renovation Central forum to search the Checkatrade database of trades without leaving the Renovation Central website. Checkatrade Launches Home Emergency Cover For Only £7.95 A Month Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade ( in conjunction with Home Assistance UK Ltd announce the launch of Checkatrade Fast Fix Cover, an insurance policy designed to provide homeowners with a tradesperson on their doorstep, wherever possible, within three hours of an emergency occurring, regardless of the day or time for only £7.95 a month. Tradesmen Help Re-build Lives in Brighton Fri, 08 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Brighton and Hove tradesmen, through their membership of, ( are helping to rebuild the lives of those less fortunate than themselves by supporting Brighton based charity, Crossover. Checkatrade is assisting Crossover, an arm of City Coast Church, in their work with the homeless, and people living “on the edge”, of Brighton by a massive £7000 per year. This money is used to help provide hot meals delivered to the streets of Brighton every week, as well as blankets, clothing, soap, toothpaste and hot drinks. Checkatrade Issues Rogue Trade Warning Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT Checkatrade has today issued a warning concerning the illegal use of their name and logo in the Surrey region. Rogue traders are fraudulently claiming Checkatrade membership to gain credibility as they cold call in search of work, and some have even threatened householders when discovered. Selsey Based Company Acquires Development Land Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:00:00 GMT Selsey based company, ( have this week finalised the purchase of just under an acre of development land in Manor Road, Selsey. Checkatrade, an answer to the UK’s rogue trade problem, intends to build offices on the land to accommodate its growing business and to provide more employment opportunities in the Selsey area. Checkatrade Reveals Revamped Website to Combat Rogue Traders Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:00:00 GMT Checkatrade (, one of the first ‘anti rogue trader’ websites to open for business in the UK, is celebrating its growth as a champion of informed consumer choices by launching a revamped website today.