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6 things tradespeople need to know in 2018

By | 2018-07-26T08:41:54+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

For tradespeople, 2017 was full of ups and downs and it left many wondering what’s in store for the years ahead. So we’ve compiled a list of what’s most likely to affect tradespeople in the coming 12 months, both good and bad. 1. The construction market is narrowing. [...]

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Owning a company – why a will is more crucial than you might think

By | 2018-07-16T17:07:53+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

If you own all or part of a business, you should have a will. If you die and don't have a will, your shares could be sold, the business could be broken up or it could fall apart because of poor management. If you die and don't have [...]

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Construction worker crushed in horrific on-site accident

By | 2018-07-05T14:07:56+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

A construction worker has reportedly been crushed in a horrific accident on site this month. The tragedy occurred 2 weeks ago in Midlothian, where SCG Supplies Ltd employee Andrew Darling was killed whilst working with machinery. It was reported that at around 2pm, Mr Darling was thought to [...]

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Plumber wins court case for self employed workers across UK

By | 2018-06-26T14:39:44+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Gary Smith, a self-employed plumber, was recently involved in a court case regarding the lack of courtesy and fairness when it comes to self-employment in the UK. He won the trial, and in turn has broken some ground for the self-employed. Mr. Smith worked for the plumbing firm [...]

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Tool theft: an 8-step guide to recovering stolen tools

By | 2018-06-14T11:04:16+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Tool theft is spiking in the UK, and our members are no exception – three of our tradespeople have been targeted so far. You may have already read about it on our private Facebook chat, and if so wondering what you’ll do if the worst should happen. So, [...]

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Cash in hand payments may be banned due to crackdown on tax dodging

By | 2018-06-04T15:38:42+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

For small business owners and sole traders, cash in hand payments are burdened with the weight of rumours, myths, and grueling debates. It’s a hot topic of discussion due to the opinionated arguments surrounding the benefits and, of course, the legalities. And while there is the notion that [...]

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‘Epidemic’ of van tool thefts blamed on skeleton key

By | 2018-05-29T12:08:59+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

A skeleton key is being sold for £20 online, which is said to be the cause of rising tool thefts from vans, and tradespeople are calling it the “epidemic” that is destroying livelihoods. It has been claimed that a van is broken into and the tools stolen every [...]

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New licensing scheme could put and end to cowboy builders

By | 2018-05-14T16:12:10+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

80% of tradespeople are demanding that more should be done about the regulation in the industry, regarding cowboy builders. Many can surely relate to, and agree with the statement that Cowboy builders are a real issue. Not only for the customers they con, but also regarding the impact [...]

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First Aid Tips For Trades – Are You Playing It Safe?

By | 2018-04-23T14:53:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

As skilled trades people, we know you’re already aware there are plentiful risks that must be considered to minimise these risks becoming injuries. We humans are also good at taking shortcuts to get jobs done quickly and can easily forget to do things we know we should! Incidents [...]

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Gardening Blogs – For the green thumb in all of us…

By | 2018-04-16T14:04:18+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Householder, Membership, Trades|

It’s getting to that time of year again where our minds will be turning to our garden and allotments - the air is clear and the sun is beginning to peek out… With that in mind, here is our choice of Checked and Vetted’s favourite top 5 gardening [...]

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