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11 December 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Get your ‘Tools at the Ready’ for Tradesman of the Year!

Budget Van Insurance & checkatrade.com launch competition

SUMMARY

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.

PRESS RELEASE

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.   

Checkatrade is an online marketplace for tradesmen and homeowners.  It connects consumers with authorised workmen and women, who have been vetted by Checkatrade and are continuously monitored via unique customer feedback cards. The site is helping bring well-deserved recognition to hard working tradesmen and assisting consumers locate the perfect plumber or plasterer for their home improvement needs.

Last year’s winner, Paul O’Connor1, of Ronnoco Building Services, London was thrilled to win the prize, beating hundreds of other entrants to the title. Paul said: “The competition helps to highlight first-class quality amongst small businesses across the UK and also assists customers make wise decisions about the choice of tradesperson they allow into their homes.  I’d thoroughly recommend entering the competition.

To enter
Tradespeople can enter by logging on to either the Budget Van Insurance website (www.budgetvaninsurance.com) and clicking the link to ‘Tradesman of the Year’, or www.tradesmanoftheyear.com, where they can register their details.  Alternatively, if a satisfied customer wants to sing a tradesman’s praises, they too can log on and nominate their favourite expert.
Mnveer Arkan, Budget Van Insurance says: “There are thousands of talented tradesmen and women out there.  We want to give them recognition by highlighting the excellent job they are doing, and the importance of the essential services they are providing to their customers every day.”

Kevin Byrne, Checkatrade says: “The competition is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the skills of tradespeople in the UK, giving give one lucky winner the ‘stamp of quality’ title, as ‘Tradesman of the Year’.

“Our website www.checkatrade.com aims to assist both tradespeople looking for a way to secure more work, and customers looking for the right workman or woman to carry out jobs in their homes.  We offer consumers the opportunity to make an informed choice through our quality vetting processes.”

For full terms and conditions please visit www.budgetvaninsurance.com or www.tradesmanoftheyear.com
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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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ
Tel: 01243 601234
Fax: 01243 601246
info@checkatrade.com