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Residents encouraged to use a trusted trader

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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A CAMPAIGN has begun this week to encourage people to turn away cold-callers and pick reliable tradesmen to carry out work on their homes.

Derbyshire County Council, which is backing the Trading Standards Institute’s National Consumer Week by pushing its Trusted Traders Scheme, has endorsed the campaign’s message to say no to cold-callers.

The authority has 1,300 traders on its books, ranging from accountants, face painters, and oven cleaners, to mobility aid companies, window cleaners, joiners and dog trainers and it wants residents to ensure they only use services from these approved firms.

Speaking at the launch of National Consumer Week on Monday, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Kevin Parkinson, said: “Our Trusted Trader scheme means there is absolutely no need for any Derbyshire resident to ever employ a cold caller. Over the four years it has been running Trusted Trader has built up a strong reputation for excellence.”

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