14 March 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service has welcomed Irthlingborough-based business Pestwise Pest Control as the 100th member of their popular approved trader scheme, Buy With Confidence.

The scheme, which already runs successfully in many parts of the country, was launched in Northamptonshire in July 2010 to help residents to find a reliable local tradesperson to carry out work around their homes or gardens. It brings together a list of gardeners, plumbers, builders, electricians and many other types of local businesses, each of which has been individually checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws.

Officers from Trading Standards visit and vet every applicant and they are only accepted onto the scheme if they pass stringent background checks including a CRB check. References are taken from previous customers and feedback cards are left with every job so that Trading Standards can check that the trader’s standards aren’t slipping. Traders are re-audited every year.

Owner of Pestwise Pest Control Robert Plosky said “I joined Buy With Confidence to give my customers peace of mind and to get the recognition that I am local trader that has reached a high standard, provides a quality service and has the backing of trading standards.”

Trading Standards are also looking for more reputable Northamptonshire traders to apply to join the scheme.

Councillor Ben Smith, cabinet member for environment said: “Trading standards are often contacted by county residents who are looking for a list of recommended tradespeople. Through our approved trader scheme, we can help them to find a reputable trader who has been Trading Standards approved.

“Unfortunately rogue traders continue to operate, especially during these times of economic hardship. We remain committed to tackling this type of unscrupulous behaviour and the new scheme will help us continue working to stamp out rogue trading in Northamptonshire.

“The scheme will also help to establish high standards of trading and is a chance for the many honest, hardworking and reputable traders in Northamptonshire to show their customers the sign of trust.”

Details of traders who have been accepted on to the scheme are available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders or by telephoning Northamptonshire County Council on 0300 126 1000 or Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Businesses who want to apply can do so online at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or by telephoning 0300 126 100

Traders who are part of the scheme are entitled to display the Buy with Confidence logo to show their customers the sign of trust.