Approved Plumbers Tamworth: While it’s true that the good old days weren’t always that good – it was harder to treat disease, we didn’t have computers or mobile phones, convenience foods were fish and chips on a Friday – nevertheless there were benefits too. Traders were often local, often known to their customers, and generally reliable.
Fast forward into the twenty first century and life has changed. Modern technology and increased wealth have changed everything, mostly for the better. But there’s one modern phenomenon that isn’t so welcome and that’s the huge increase in rogue traders, scammers and doorstep crime. Once unheard of, consumers nowadays are increasingly at risk from being conned out of their money by tricksters and fraudsters.
Our life’s work at the Approved Trader Directory is to protect consumers by offering a simple but effective trader screening service.
When a trader approaches us, on payment of a small fee we will vet the business in a number of ways. We check for:
Financial checks for personal and business bankruptcy.
Identity checks – we look for one form of photo ID, two recent utility bills pertaining either to the business or the home address of the trader and we also check that the individual is on the electoral register;
Proof of public liability insurance, licenses and membership of trader organisations.
This is a basic but important checklist of information, relevant to every consumer thinking of retaining the services of a trader. With this knowledge to draw on, a careful consumer can employ a trader knowing that at the very least, if something goes wrong in the future, your trader can be located at a legitimate address.
Is the trader you are considering bankruptcy free and insured? Are they identifiable and legit? Screen the trader before you use them on the Approved Trader Directory.