Why use Which? Trusted Traders?
Which? has been rigorously testing products and services for more than 60 years – now they are assessing and endorsing local tradesmen and tradeswomen. Like their well known Best Buy logo, the Which? Trusted Trader logo is a sign of reputation and trust; helping consumers choose the right trader for them and giving good traders the recognition they deserve.
How they assess traders
Which? Trusted Traders is an endorsement scheme run by Which? that recognises reputable traders who successfully pass an assessment process carried out by their trading standards professionals. Not just anyone can become endorsed. The assessment process includes:
This is obtained to validate the financial health of a business who applies to be assessed.
The Which? Trusted Traders endorsement team will contact a selection of customers from a trader’s most recent work to check references. (They don’t carry out site visits to assess the trader’s work.)
A thorough examination of business and administrative procedures to ensure that businesses have consumer interests in mind.
Interview and assessment
Their standard assessment includes a face to face visit and interview carried out by a Which? trading standards professional to fully understand all aspects of how the applicant runs their business.
Businesses receive a report of the assessment, providing valuable feedback from our experienced assessors to ensure that they meet our high standards before they are allowed to join the scheme.
Having passed all these checks, the trader is now able to choose to join the scheme, agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions, Code of Conduct and pay the membership fees. They can now show their customers that they are an endorsed Which? Trusted Trader.
Who makes the grade?
Those who don’t make the grade don’t get endorsed. Due to the high demands of the assessment, not all businesses that apply get through the assessment process. Only those who meet their high standards can become Which? Trusted Traders.
If things go wrong
Which? Trusted Traders must comply with the terms of the Which? Trusted Trader Code of Conduct and What is Expected of You guidance. This means a Which? Trusted Trader agrees to address any complaint. Consumers also have obligations. The action or actions causing the complaint must have taken place whilst the trader was/is an endorsed Which? Trusted trader. Additionally, the problem must be reported within twelve months of discovery. Thereafter, customers must write to the trader outlining the complaint. The trader then has 28 days to acknowledge the complaint and either provide a resolution or a letter of deadlock.
If you feel the trader has not met the standards of the scheme please call them so they can log your complaint. Although they are unable to mediate please rest assured that all complaints are audited and used as compliance checks against the trader. If it is deemed that the trader has not acted in accordance with our guidelines we will take appropriate action
The trader has 8 weeks to agree a resolution with the consumer. If the trader does not respond within this period, or if a letter of deadlock has already been sent, the consumer at this stage needs to notify Which? Trusted Traders to assess if the process has been followed and can therefore supply the case reference number to refer to Dispute Resolution Ombudsman.
Dispute Resolution Ombudsman is a not-for-profit company that provides an independent dispute resolution service to Which? Trusted Traders and their customers
The Which? Trusted Trader Scheme is only open to the best of the best and having been through the process we feel proud to be members of the scheme and it has definitely helped our business to stand out from the crowd. See our listing on the Which? Trusted Trader website HERE
Don’t gamble when choosing a trader to complete your driveway, patio or landscaping. By choosing Ideal Building and Landscapes you have the benefit of choosing a company that is endorsed by a Trading Standards professional. Which? Trusted Traders are the UK’s largest Independent Consumer Organisation.
Whether your upcoming project is large or small we will approach it with the same gusto. Get in touch today and find out how we can help you transform your property or call 01564 490121.