What is the traders scheme?
Many older people have difficulty in locating a reliable and safe trades-person to undertake basic tasks around the home.
This includes things such as a plumber to mend a leaky tap, or a decorator who is willing to take on a small job. People also experience problems finding personal services such as mobile hairdressers, cleaners or gardeners. Sometimes all people want is to know that they can trust the person doing the job.
Age UK Wiltshire and Wiltshire Trading Standards have set the scheme up so that people can have the reassurance that basic checks have been carried out on the traders.
Age UK Wiltshire will be closing the local traders register in 2017
During this time traders may no longer appear on our register and there may be gaps in the types of businesses available or the areas covered. If you have a query about a current or previously registered trader then please contact our office on 01380 727767 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a trader to carry out jobs and cannot find a suitebale trader on this register then we advise using the the Buy With Confidence scheme run by Wiltshire Trading Standards.
Buy With Confidence is a national register of Trading Standards Approved businesses run independently by local authority Trading Standards departments.
This is currently an online only scheme but there are plans to make this available in other formats in the near future. You can find out more Buy With Confidence and find a trader by visiting www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
If you are looking for a trader in the Salisbury area or South Wiltshire then please contact our Salisbury Office on 01722 335 425
All the traders listed have confirmed that they hold Public Liability Insurance and received two references from people who have used their services.
Other than this neither Age UK Wiltshire nor Wiltshire Trading Standards are able to recommend their work. It is also essential that you understand that the scheme does not promise:
- Someone to manage, oversee or inspect your project
- Cheaper or discounted work
- That unreasonable demands will be met
- That you will encounter no problems.
People using this scheme should contact traders themselves and deal with all necessary arrangements. Further information about this is available in the document Understanding Your Contract for Work
- Provide a source of competent local traders people who are willing to do a job for a fair price.
- Help older people to remain independent for as long as possible.
- Give wide publicity to the scheme members at every opportunity.
- Raise awareness of the availability of consumer advice through Trading Standards.
- Marginalise those less willing to trade in a lawful and ethical way.
- Provide the means for the scheme members to influence the development and implementation of the scheme.
You can download a copy of our Local Trader Register below. Please also read the document "Understanding your Contract for Work & Substantial Building Work" which has information about your rights and guidence when using a trader.
Understanding your Contract for Work & Substantial Building Work
Local Traders Register
If you are a local trader and would like to be included on our register or if you have used a trader and would like to reccomend them for our register, please call our office on 01380 727767 or email us at email@example.com