To celebrate the launch of trade vetting service Checkatrade.com coming to the county the business the company is inviting tradespeople to become trusted members in order to protect people from cowboys.
There will be three open days for tradespeople, where they can ask questions and get more information about becoming members.
The first will be held on Monday, December 1 at the Clumber Park Hotel, near Worksop, followed by Tuesday, December 2 at the Dakota Hotel, Nottingham and on the third will be on Tuesday, December 15.
Chartered trading standards institute chief executive Leon Livermore, said: “It is important that we help consumers make informed choices and protect them from rogues Nottinghamshire Trading Standards’ partnership with Checkatrade.com will ensure that people living in the area have access to reliable, vetted businesses.”
Local tradespeople applying to join Checkatrade.com will be thoroughly vetted and asked to supply references (which will be verified). However, once accepted they will be able to generate work through the website and receive other benefits, including the Nottinghamshire County Council ‘Trading Standards Approved’ status.
Checkatrade.com boss Kevin Byrne said: “We are delighted to partner with Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, people living in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area can visit www.checkatrade.com, to find nearby traders, check their qualifications and experience as well as view previous customer feedback. When a job is complete they can comment on a trader’s performance online or using feedback cards.”
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chair of the community safety committee at Nottinghamshire County Council added: “The new partnership will also drive work to reputable tradespeople, giving them the opportunity to grow and flourish.”