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Cowboy builder who conned families in £95,000 scam jailed

By |2018-12-30T15:29:30+00:00December 30th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

A cowboy builder who promised to create an extension for a disabled 11-year-old then conned his parents out of thousands has been jailed. Jonathan Ross Bell, known as Black, took £95,000 from trusting families but often failed to complete the work. One couple, Paula and Michael Cryan, handed [...]

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Irchester scam builders jailed for conning elderly victims

By |2018-12-30T15:16:20+00:00December 30th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Four men who conned 24 elderly victims into paying thousands of pounds for work on their homes have been jailed. John Lee, 46, Michael Rooksby, 29, and Charles Michael Hugh Doherty, 33, admitted fraudulent activity, while Charles Doherty, 28, pleaded guilty to two fraud counts. The men even [...]

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How to start a small business

By |2018-11-26T12:04:59+00:00November 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Whether you’re newly qualified or highly experienced, starting a small business will involve a lot of new challenges. You gain the freedom of becoming your own boss, but in turn increase your responsibility and work load. This also means that in order to keep on top of everything, [...]

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How to take on an apprentice

By |2018-10-28T11:21:44+00:00October 28th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Taking on an apprentice can be a rewarding experience, it allows young people and adult learners to gain a qualification while developing practical, on-the-job skills. But if the process is a little foggy to you as an employer, check out this guide on where to start, how to [...]

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How Can I Improve My Van Security?

By |2018-10-28T11:15:42+00:00October 28th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

When it’s time to choose the vehicle you wish to use for your business, the best thing you can do is prioritise the security of your van above anything else. While no van is 100% secure, standards in the industry are rising fast. The ratings from collected research [...]

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Are construction and trade apprenticeships falling out of favour?

By |2018-09-26T12:15:12+00:00September 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Research now shows that there are fewer and fewer construction and trade apprenticeships, despite the overall increase of available positions. Studies revealed that construction and trade positions are declining, as they currently only make up a mere 7% of apprenticeships as a whole, when in 2006, this was [...]

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Generous plumber repairs boilers of elderly and disabled for free.

By |2018-09-26T12:04:04+00:00September 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

James Anderson may be a name you recognise, as he was recently helped by the newspaper, ‘The Sun’. The Sun were more than happy to reward James, for being nothing more than a humble hero and a hard-working plumber in his community. Why are such titles being aimed [...]

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Van drivers could save up to £86 million on fuel by ditching junk

By |2018-09-26T12:05:59+00:00August 29th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Recent studies have found that almost half of the van drivers in the UK could save £58,374 a year in fuel costs. In 2015 new research revealed that 1.53 million (44%) of van drivers in the UK admit that half of their cargo is unnecessary and irrelevant to [...]

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Cowboy Builders Are Costing The Economy £10 Billion

By |2018-09-26T12:06:01+00:00August 29th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Yes, that’s right, £10 billion. This warning has been put out by the Federation of Master Builders, and is due to the fact that homeowners are putting off home improvements. And this is all down to the fear of being scammed and taken advantage of by cowboy builders [...]

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Research reveals tradespeople earn thousands more than university graduates

By |2018-08-17T14:22:28+00:00August 17th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

According to new research, construction apprentices will earn thousands of pounds more than many university graduates. The Federation of Master Builders took a look at the average salaries of UK tradespeople, and discovered that many are earning well above the average wage of uni graduates. These studies uncovered [...]

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