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Building your business with Checkatrade

What is Checkatrade? Are you a trader looking to increase your client base? Are you seeking an excellent solution to your marketing needs to keep you busy all year round? Why not join Britain’s busiest network of tradespeople and consumers. With over one million customers visiting Checkatrade each month to find only the most excellent...

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Damp proofing

Damp proofing experts are winning with Checkatrade

Based in Hampshire, City Damp Solutions is a damp proofing, timber treatment and plastering specialist company run by Ross Ashton and James Smith. The firm was established in 2017 and quickly signed up to become a Checkatrade Member. Before starting his venture, Ross had over 20 years’ experience in the industry, which had made him...

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Insulation Installer

Becoming an insulation professional

Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy in a home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average three-bedroom semi-detached house could save £310 on energy bills with proper loft and cavity wall insulation. To encourage the installation of insulation, the government launched the  Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. The scheme requires...

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Behind The Scenes – Vetting Team

For the latest in our series introducing members of the Checkatrade team, we spoke to Siobhan Clark from our Vetting Team, whose job it is to ensure all of our new members meet our exacting standards. What is your position at Checkatrade? I’m a Vetting Advisor for new members. Basically, I’m the person who makes...

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Tree Surgeon

How to become a tree surgeon

Becoming a tree surgeon might sound like a lofty ambition, but it’s a role that many people in the UK would be perfectly suited for. In this article, we assess what’s required to start working in the field. Do you need qualifications to be a tree surgeon? Although there are no specific qualifications required to...

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Branching out: why tradespeople should consider tree surgeon training

Learning the skills required to become a tree surgeon can help tradespeople take on additional jobs, especially in the quieter months. In this blog, we detail the steps required to learn the skill and what’s needed to start working in the sector. Keep on climbing It doesn’t matter if you call them tree surgeons or...

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Handy Hubby Gets a Lift from Checkatrade

Joining Checkatrade has made a huge difference to Paul Beckett, founder and owner of Handy Hubby, a plumbing firm in Worthing. Since signing up over a decade ago, Paul has used the site to attract more jobs and to expand his company’s offering into new areas. Becoming a member has helped his firm to get...

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WallPod EV Installation


Demand for electric car charger points increase year on year!

Now is a great time to get qualified in this high growth industry to become a specialist and Certified EV Charging Point Installer. In a bid to tackle air pollution the government announced plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2040. However, the Committee on Climate Change is expected...

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How to become a plumber

Are you interested in becoming a plumber? While a rewarding career, it is important to understand that plumbing calls for a dedication to lifelong learning. Here we address the different routes that you can take to becoming a professional plumber and how you can continue to develop your skills in the long term. To become...

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