1 July 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Suffolk County Council Trading Standards Accredited Trader Scheme
Published in Suffolk Magazine
Suffolk County Council Trading Standards and Checkatrade.com have partnered to make Suffolk a rogue trader free county.
Today, despite all the programmes on the TV and all the stories on the news and in newspapers, many of us are still falling prey to Rogue Traders. If we asked the right questions and required it to be backed up by proof, those rogues would never make it through our front door. So what should you be looking for when employing a trade or service provider to come and work in or around your home?
· Do they have the right qualifications or Government Accreditations?
· Do they have up-to-date and the correct Public Liability Insurance?
· Do they have a good reputation and work standards?
· Do they have a history of work in and around your area?
· Can they supply details of recent customers in your area?
The Accredited Trader Scheme has been set up to help consumers in Suffolk find the right trade or service and each, before being listed are interviewed and are required to supply the following:
· Proof of qualifications and Accreditations
· Proof of Public Liability Insurance
· ID identification, driving license or passport
· Completed Vetting Reference Form (which includes 6 referees)
· Declaration Form and Code of Conduct Form
· Tax Reference number
· 2 utility bills, dated within the last 3 months
Once members are listed, all trades and service providers are then continuously monitored for quality.
Checkatrade.com was established in 1998. It is a tool for consumers to check out a tradesperson or service provider prior to employing them to undertake work in or around their home. Now in their 13th year Checkatrade.com has grown from strength to strength. Consumers use this free service because it gives them important information which helps them to choose the right person for the job. Kevin Byrne, Founder of Checkatrade.com states, “We are thrilled and excited in helping make Suffolk a rogue free county, working with the Suffolk County Council Trading Standards is a great honour.”
Accredited Trader Scheme members Trevor Humphrey Removals in Ipswich says, “I’ve been impressed by Checkatrade and the partnership with Suffolk County Council Trading Standards so far. I really like the process I went through before joining. It gave me confidence I was joining a scheme that was genuinely focussed on promoting reputable traders. I went through a face to face interview, had to provide documentation to prove my worthiness and show I was insured to carry out the work I undertake. The vetting undertaken was very comprehensive and to a high standard. I’m proud to advertise that I’m part of this scheme.
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