TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, is working with Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards, to provide another level of consumer protection and trade accreditation to both householders and tradespeople in the home improvement, maintenance and repair sector.

Together the two government organisations will jointly deliver a national Trading Standards supporting scheme, giving firms local reassurance with national recognition.  The ‘Trading Standards Approved’ scheme is an accreditation that tells potential customers that the tradesperson not only complies with TrustMark’s Government-endorsed Standards for quality of workmanship, but they also understand fair trading practices and have in place all the correct documentation and insurances.

For the first time local authorities across the country can work together to deliver this scheme.  It will give tradespeople further credibility that they are reputable and have a solid trading history, whilst giving their customer the reassurance and confidence that they have been thoroughly checked by both Trading Standards and TrustMark and have been approved to use this accreditation.

Steve Ruddy, Head of Service Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards, added:  “We are delighted to be working in partnership with TrustMark helping consumers find reputable traders to work in their homes. This is a groundbreaking example of how central and local government can work together, combining national recognition and local reassurance to both protect residents and support local businesses.”