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Council to Host Checkatrade Event

National trade vetting service Checkatrade is partnering with Nottinghamshire County Council, opening a new office in Mansfield and inviting local tradespeople to become trusted members in order to protect people from cowboy tradesmen.

It will be launched at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, in Nottingham, at 12.30pm on 15 December. Former Big Brother star turned television DIY expert Craig Phillips is attending along with Cllr Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of the council’s Community Safety Committee.

He said: said: "We’re delighted to be joining forces with Checkatrade. Its new partnership with our Trading Standards team will greatly benefit both local residents and businesses, helping them to avoid rogue traders. It will also drive work to reputable tradespeople, giving them the opportunity to grow and flourish.”

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 coveted Nottinghamshire County Council ‘Trading Standards Approved’ status.

Leon Livermore, Chief Executive of the Chartered Trading Standard Institute, said: "It is important that we help consumers make informed choices and protect them from rogues. Nottinghamshire Trading Standards’ partnership with Checkatrade will ensure that people living in the area have access to reliable, vetted businesses."