Council scheme brings £130 million into local economy

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A scheme which allows people to check the reputation of tradesmen in Derbyshire online brings an estimated £130 million into the local economy each year, according to latest figures.

Derbyshire County Council’s Trusted Trader scheme gives peace of mind to customers wanting work doing because every business on the register is checked out by the council’s trading standards team.By logging on to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt people can read reviews and search through the 1,300 traders listed.

Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Ellie Wilcox, said: “As well as giving customers peace of mind, Trusted Trader is a way of encouraging people to use local businesses.

“Businesses who sign up to join Trusted Trader must be based in Derbyshire or do at least half of their work in the county.

“So customers who use the scheme are ensuring that the money they spend stays local which is so important in these difficult economic times.”

Trusted Trader was set up in 2008 and has gone on to become the biggest scheme of its kind in the country run by a council.

A requirement of all Trusted Traders is to ask for feedback on their work which is looked at by the county council’s trading standards team.

Since April 2012 the county council has had 11,003 comments about Trusted Trader members of which 10,922 (99 per cent) were positive.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Trusted Trader can visit the website or phone 01629 533190.