The Trusted Trader scheme - set up by Derbyshire County Council to help people find reputable local traders – is this month celebrating its fifth birthday.
Since its launch, Trusted Trader has become the biggest single authority scheme of its kind in the country with more than 1,300 members representing over 80 different trade sectors including home improvements, building and electrical works.
A spokesperson said: “This large membership gives a significant boost to Derbyshire as members bring an estimated £130 million into the local economy each year. That’s the estimated value of consumer transactions in Derbyshire covered by the scheme.”
Derbyshire county councillor Dave Allen said: “Trusted Trader has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2008 and we’re delighted to be celebrating its fifth birthday. Trusted Trader gives customers peace of mind and the chance to comment on the asservice they had.
“It’s also a great way of encouraging people to use local traders which boosts the Derbyshire economy in these difficult economic times.”
Every business that joins is checked out by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team. Records of county court judgements or any previous complaints against a company are checked.
Businesses pay a small fee to join. Traders have to be based in Derbyshire or do half their work in the county to make the list.
To find a Trusted Trader phone 01629 533190 or visit derbyshire.gov.uk/tt.