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14 August 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Dorset Tradesman Wins Britain's Tradesman of the Year

SUMMARY

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 Checkatrade.com. The lucky owner, John Chaloner, scoops the top prize of £2000 and a year’s membership to Checkatrade.com – the household name to find a vetted and recommended trade – as well as the coveted title of “Tradesman of the Year 2009”.

PRESS RELEASE

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 Checkatrade.com. The lucky owner, John Chaloner, scoops the top prize of £2000 and a year’s membership to Checkatrade.com – the household name to find a vetted and recommended trade – as well as the coveted title of “Tradesman of the Year 2009”.

The competition was held to champion the skills of Britain’s hardworking tradesmen and women. Budget Van Insurance and Checkatrade scoured the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain’s “Tradesman of the Year”. The finalists were whittled down after sifting through all the entrants and assessing the quantity and quality of customer satisfaction, obtained from feedback on the “tradesman of the year” website.

Hi-Q Installations beat off tough competition from the two runners up – Wayne de Wet, a decorator from Norfolk and Shutterly Fabulous, a shutter specialist from Hove, East Sussex – in order to win. Both Wayne and Shutterly Fabulous walk away with £250 cash and a year’s free membership of Checkatrade.

The competition judges were impressed by the quality of the feedback customers of Hi-Q Installations submitted to the “Tradesman of the Year” website. Comments included: “Workmanship and value for money were both outstanding”, “Unusual attention to detail and willingness to ensure satisfaction” and “He’s prompt, reliable, kind, trustworthy and honest. We would recommend him to anyone.”

John, who has been in business for ten years now, was surprised and proud to be chosen as “Tradesman of the Year”. When asked what he thought the secret to success was he said, “There is no secret. I treat people the way I want to be treated myself and take a personal pride in the work that I do. I am touched that so many of my customers have recognised and appreciated this.”

Mnveer Arkan, of Budget Van Insurance, says “The quality of the entrants was overwhelming. It’s great to know that there are so many tradesmen and women out there providing an excellent service which is being endorsed by their satisfied customers. Hi-Q Installations has done brilliantly to win this year’s Tradesman of the Year title.”

Kevin Byrne, of Checkatrade.com says, “Hi-Q Installations reflect the qualities we look for in a trade – integrity, honesty and all-round excellence. The comments made by his many satisfied customers show that John is a deserving winner of the title “Britain’s Tradesman of the Year”.”


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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.

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