1 March 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SO Brighton & Hove Magazine
"Find your purple cow"
Featured Article on Checkatrade founder & MD Kevin Byrne
Checkatrade founder & MD Kevin Byrne is featured in an article in the SO Brighton & Hove Magazine.
Kevin talks about the inspiration behind setting up Checkatrade.com. Kevin, a former carpet cleaning business owner, fist set up Checkatrade from his garden shed and since then the company has grown to 62 staff with a turnover of £4.5m. Today it has over 5,600 trade members.
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