Dorset County Council joined the national 'Buy With Confidence' scheme to help genuine traders to advertise their business, to provide traders with advice on the law, and to help consumers choose a reputable trader. This scheme has been very successful elsewhere in the country, and they are hoping to make it a success for Dorset traders and consumers as well.
Traders benefit from independent recognition of their high business standards, beneficial publicity, business details on the national Buy With Confidence website - which is visited by over 50,000 consumers every month with a certificate to display at their premises and use of the Buy With Confidence logo on vehicles, stationary and website.
As well as their clients having an increased level of confidence Barretts can also develop a better relationship with trading standards with their own contact who can help mediate in any disputes that might arise and advise on new regulations and their implications.
To qualify for the scheme Barretts were vetted by Trading Standards who needed to make sure that high standards are maintained by members of the scheme. This includes an audit checking for compliance with the law (such as current terms and conditions), a credit check, references from previous customers and an examination of Trading Standards complaints database(s). They also needed to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check for any member of staff who goes into a
customer's home. Only once these checks are done and are satisfactory, can you become a member of the scheme.
Once you qualify to be a member of the scheme, then your business details appear on www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk - the national website for the scheme. The scheme will also be promoted locally, from advertisements in the local media and on buses to publicity at local organised events.
Trevor Barrett, Managing Director of Barrett Electrical Services, says "We take great pride in the standard of all our work and are pleased that we have qualified for the 'Buy With Confidence Scheme' which we believe will assist our potential clients when deciding to place their contracts with us"
Consumers can nominate their favourite trader by calling (01305) 224012 and asking to speak to the Buy With Confidence team, to find their nearest approved trader visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. The scheme is still very new in Dorset and traders are currently being recruited, therefore the
scheme is planned to be launched officially to the public later this year.