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22 February 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Renovators Avoid Rogue Traders With Checkatrade

By Adding Checkatrade Interface To Website

SUMMARY

Checkatrade an answer to the UK’s rogue trade problem, has joined forces with home renovation forum, www.renovationcentral.co.uk 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.

PRESS RELEASE

Checkatrade an answer to the UK’s rogue trade problem, has joined forces with home renovation forum, www.renovationcentral.co.uk 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.

Renovation Central is the first UK website to include the Checkatrade search facility on its pages. It was added after the site’s creator, Paul Clifton, used Checkatrade to choose traders for his own renovation project. He was so pleased with his experience, he approached Checkatrade founder and director Kevin Byrne to allow him to share the Checkatrade database with others embarking on refurbishments. Kevin said, “I was only too pleased to provide the interface to Paul. I have renovated and built homes myself and am well aware of the pitfalls in choosing a reliable trader. Our database allows people to choose a trader based on the information that we provide, which includes references, details of public liability insurance, qualifications and reports from previous customers.” He continued, “The sharing of information about traders is at the heart of what we do here at Checkatrade. I am therefore always looking for new ways in which we can offer the services of our recommended, vetted and monitored trades- people, hence the use of the API is completely free of charge to Renovation Central and any other company who wishes to request one.”
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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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PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ
Tel: 01243 601234
Fax: 01243 601246
info@checkatrade.com