The Approved Trader Directory is a free service that helps consumers check out the identity of a trader before they award him their job.
In order to be granted a profile in the Directory, a business or trader must satisfy fairly stringent requirements.
We verify the trader’s identity in a variety of ways – through checking recent utility bills either domestic or for the business; through looking for photo ID and through check the electoral roll.
We verify the business’s financial profile in a number of ways too. We check for personal and business bankruptcy and run other credit checks.
And finally we check the professional background of the trader. Is the business run professionally? Does the trader have public liability insurance, certification and licenses, and membership of appropriate trader associations?
When we are satisfied that a business checks out, we create a profile for the trader on the Approved Trader Directory. The business is registered for six months and all for the small cost of £29.99
All you have to do then is check out the profile of the trader you are considering. If you find the trade there, and you can satisfy yourself that your trader is genuine. If your trader isn’t listed, you can politely suggest that the business register with us. The checks will be done quickly so your job won’t be delayed, and you can employ your trader confidently, knowing that the basic levels of consumer protection that are the right of all consumers everywhere, are in place.