Scheme will help combat rogue trade

Two councils are working together to make sure local people are safe from rogue traders.

Businesses and residents in Northumberland and North Tyneside both benefit from the Trade Register scheme where consumers can find a trader, rate a trader’s work or make a complaint.

Traders who are members agree to offer high standards of customer service and comply with legislation.

More than 50 companies are currently signed up.

Both Council websites give access to a simple form to be completed by traders who will be checked out thoroughly to ensure their customers are in safe hands.

Consumers have access to this fully vetted list which will be known as the trade register.

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The list is so easy to access that traders who aren’t registered because they aren’t trustworthy will suffer.

“The power of the internet will help drive those who operate outside society and the tax regime out of business and out of our lives for good.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “It’s more important than ever that residents are paying for services that they know they can trust them.

“This is a free service and our team regularly encourage consumers to make use of it so they can get work done with increased confidence.”