The What Tradesman Scheme is operated by Bexley Council Trading Standards Service, it is a register of businesses that have agreed to our terms and conditions. It is promoted by Trading Standards and its partner agencies to help consumers in the borough find a reputable trader.
Customers are encouraged to leave feedback on the Rate a Business page.
Although it is not an approval scheme, before we allow a trader to be listed on the Trader Register we do certain checks on the trader, such as checking our databases for any adverse history, checking trade memberships that traders claim to be a member of.
We want to prevent residents being ripped off by rogue traders; rogue traders call on you unsolicited and offer ‘too good to true’ deals to try to get you to agree to having work carried out. From experience we know that if you accept such a deal from a rogue trader you will pay much more than you intended. Often the work will be of very poor quality, unnecessary and will sometimes create additional problems for you.
Rogue traders rarely provide paperwork, so they cannot be traced once they have left. Names, addresses and business details are often false and telephone numbers don’t get answered. They have no interest in doing work properly. The details of ownership of our traders are on the What Tradesman website.