Trader register, brought to you by Trading Standards, is an online directory of local traders who are committed to providing good workmanship.

The trader register is not an approval scheme, but members of practice and are dedicated to fair and honest workmanship.
In choosing a trader from the trader register, and following our simple advice to getting right first time. Worcester consumers can make an important step to finding a reliable trader to work upon their home.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services has been made aware that a number of residents in the North of Worcestershire have been contacted by door to door callers offering to carryout driveway repairs. Residents should be made aware that all traders who agree contracts at a consumers property must provide a cooling off period of seven days. A specific cancellation notice must be provided which should detail the consumers right to a cooling off period, a contact address for the trader and also information about how to cancel. If a trader wants to start work before the cooling off period expires, the trader must get written permission from the consumer and provide a written warning that if the contract starts the consumer can still cancel until the seventh day. However the consumer will have to pay a reasonable amount for any works that have been started provided the warning notice has been supplied.

Please remember that the cancellation period is available to protect you! Do you need the work to start before the end of the cooling off period and are you getting a fair deal. Cheap does not always mean a fair deal.

The law gives a consumer an opportunity to consider if they want to go ahead with any works, and if the cancellation notice is not supplied to the consumer not only does the trader commit an offence but the contract cannot legally be enforced against the consumer e.g. payment does not have to be made.

Consumers are also advised to ensure that they check a traders credentials, ensure that you have a trading address and the name of the owner of the business if the company is not a limited company. Without this information, if things do go wrong, you may not be able to pursue a claim against the trader.

Ideally consumers should get three quotes from reputable tradesman and not rush into a decision.
Go to Worcestershire County Council's Trader Register