Mansfield and Ashfield residents warned over cowboy traders

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RESIDENTS are being warned to avoid cowboy traders by sticking to an approved list of vetted builders, plumbers, gardeners and other businesses.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team operates a Buy with Confidence scheme and currently has 370 traders which have passed rigorous tests.

Checks include complaints history and references from previous customers, appropriate insurance cover and criminal record history. Approved traders must also agree to abide by the scheme’s code of conduct.

The Government is also introducing new measures for traders who self certify their work to give customers greater protection.

Buy with Confidence is free to use. Type in your postcode and the type of trader you want and it will give you a list of traders near to you.

Visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.ukor call Citizen’s Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.