MEMBERS of the county’s Trusted Trader scheme bring an estimated £130 million into the local economy each year, according to an independent study.
The figure was put forward in a report into the 2012-13 trading standards consumer satisfaction survey and represents an estimated value of consumer transactions in Derbyshire that are covered by protection from the scheme.
Derbyshire County Council bosses say the scheme helps ensure people living in and around Ashbourne are not duped into spending extra money on services offered by traders.
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.
Around 1,300 traders have signed representing more than 80 different trade sectors.
To find out more or to find a trader from the database visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt or call 01629 533190.