Approved Builders List: You Know You Are A Genuine Trader: Signing up to be included on the Approved Trader Directory is simple, cheap and effective. It’s an identity screening system that proves a trader is the person he claims to be and it can work smoothly alongside other trader schemes that you, as a trader, subscribe to.
Often a consumer will choose a trader out of the yellow pages, from a flyer or a newspaper advertisement. If they have chosen your name, The Approved Trader Directory verifies your identity and gives the consumer confidence if they have found a genuine trader with a genuine business address.
It costs £29.99 for you to be verified. For this fee the Directory staff will assess your documentation under three headings: identity, general certification and financial profile. This means that they will have satisfied themselves that you are the person you claim to be by looking at photo ID and current utility bills. They will also have looked at your official documentation such as license to trade, certification and insurances. And they will have done a financial profile, checking for items such as undischarged bankruptcy and large debt or unpaid loans. You may have CCJs but as long as they were not incurred because a client or builders merchant took you to court then they don’t count in our screening process.
Once you’ve completed our simple but effective screening process your name will be included in the online Directory. Customers can then easily check that you are an approved trader on the Directory and this gives them the protection of knowing that an initial screening has been carried out.
This directory won’t showcase your talents and accomplishments. It won’t carry testimonials or pictures. It just does exactly what it says: it verifies for potential customers that you have been screened. It’s a small investment that works in two ways, by protecting the consumer and by verifying your identity.