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Trade news for tradespeople. Latest trends in construction, maintenance, and improvements within the UK market
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Are travel and professional subscriptions allowable expenses?

The list of allowable expenses you can claim as a sole trader or a limited company is long and varied. While that’s ultimately to the benefit of tradespeople, it can make it difficult to work out what can and can’t be claimed for. Some of the most confusing types of expenses are travel and professional...

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pay per click

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How does Google PPC work?

Welcome back, we’ve recently launched our series on how to perform an SEO audit for your website, and now we’re back with the basics of running PPC campaigns. Before we can jump in and start our campaign, it’s essential to know how the system works so that we know how to manage our budgets best,...

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Pro builder live 2020

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Professional Builder Live January 2020

Professional Builder Live enables tradespeople to see, touch and try all the latest building products. If you are a tradesperson looking to grow your business don’t miss out on this great event. Come and join Checkatrade at stand PB32 at Professional Builder Live on the 29th – 30th January 2020. We are looking forward to...

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how to write a quote

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How to write a great building quote

For builders and other trades alike, it can be challenging to know how to structure your quote effectively. Writing quotes can be very time consuming and is not an enjoyable task, but quoting in a way which is clear to understand is essential to keep up a steady workflow. So, how do you write a...

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dealing with complaints

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Dealing with complaints

Dealing with complaints is something which will occur at some point in time for every business. No matter how thorough you are in your work and how hard you strive to ensure every client is satisfied, it is inevitable that at some point in time, somebody will be unhappy. Having a complaint is not a...

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New Year Giveaway – Grab a set of new work fleeces

New Year, New Look! Win a set of 4 Krowmark work branded fleeces for your team. Each fleece will have the Checkatrade logo on the right side of the chest and your own logo will be embroidered on the left. These smart workwear fleeces are warm and comfortable, perfect for working through the colder months....

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Trade News

Making tax digital: Top tips for trades

Are you aware of the new tax rules? If you are self-employed and are running a business, then you must keep adequate records of your business income and expenses in order to provide an accurate tax return at the end of each year. Although you are likely familiar with the process of keeping paper records,...

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search engine optimisation

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Performing an SEO audit: Part 1

Search Engine Optimisation, more often referred to as SEO is typically seen as complex, confusing and dark magic, but in our new series of articles, we’re going to help you understand what it is and how you can start improving your website with actionable steps and information. When most people talk about SEO, they will...

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Electrician apprenticeships spark success for business!

Earlier this year we have looked at why you should consider taking on an apprentice. Time to shine a light on how one of our Checkatrade members is supercharging their team with fresh new talent! As a family-run SME that has been operating for many years now, investing in, and nurturing new talent has been...

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trade account to purchase supplies

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Top tips to get a trade account

Trade credit is an essential element of a business. It allows businesses to commission the items or services needed to carry out a job with the agreement of the payment at a later date. A trade account represents one of the most valuable lines of credit to any business. Once a trade account has been...

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The 5 easiest ways to reduce your business’s carbon footprint

For a long time, the trade sector has flown under the radar when it comes to the climate change debate, with manufacturing taking the brunt of the heat. But with businesses in the U.K. responsible for 18% of all total CO2 emissions, it’s going to take a combined effort to make a difference. Phil Foster,...

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allowable expenses

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Are my work tools and workwear taxable expenses?

As a tradesperson, it can be difficult to know what you can and can’t claim as a taxable expense, which can be even more complicated depending on whether you’re a sole trader or a limited company. We don’t blame you, either: there are hundreds of items that can be claimed as a taxable expense, and...

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