Do you work in the UK building trade?
For those working in any part of the home improvement sector a Trade Association membership could be the help you are looking for ...
As those in the UK's building trade will already know a recent survey from the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply has shown
a sharp dip in the sector's profits, also material costs have increased, tax has increased and contracts are thin on the ground in 2011.
The home improvement and building sector was hit hard and since 2010 became far more competitive with everyone needing to win more contracts.
Exposure and confidence in your business is one of the mains keys to success.
Are You Concerned About Future Growth?
How can you ensure that your business will survive the current financial crisis? One way to is to
join a Trade Association
and take advantage of the many services, benefits and promotional activities they make available to you.
This will help you stand apart from your competitors.
So, what should you look for in a trade association promoting UK builders
and renewable energy installation companies
- the trade association should carry out a strict vetting process including financial and legal checks on members.
- they should also ask potential members for proof of certification and other trade skills they may have
- they should request references from previous customers.
This will help the association to ensure that they only admit reliable and experienced trade professionals.
Homeowners are looking for three things, one is to save time, the other is to save money, but critically a homeowner wants nothing
more than the confidence they get by using a contractor that has beenpre-checked for them above all else.
Homeowners also realise that there is less risk when employing builders who belong to a trade association with strict vetting guidelines.
Nobody wants to run the risk of employing a cowboy builder who does a shoddy job or a rogue tradesmanwho overcharges and does not trade with integrity!
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Whether you are a roofing firm
, double glazing installer
or general builder
it is important to
join a trade association that is going to help you promote and market your business.
You need to reach as many potential customers as possible. Ideally, the
should have a business directory and search facility on their web site to help your new customers find you,
be prepared to confirm your membership on the phone when asked and provide you with letters of introduction and the ability
to use their logo on your business cards.
Make sure you are at the front of the queue when competing for new business.
Trades people who are registered and identify themselves as an association or trades body member are reportedly up to 60%
more likely to be chosen to quote by homeowners since:
work is often backed by an insurance backed guarantee
they are seen as more trustworthy, having already been vetted by their association
the public leave feedback which is often displayed in the trade associations business directory for other consumers to see
Look for a Trade Association that can offer additional benefits such as:
the ability to offer your your customers an Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) to reassure them and help you close the deal.
a conciliation service - this could help you to resolve any problems that may occur with your customers and is another sales tool for you to use.
help reducing your expenses like electricity and telephone bills. Another great way to get value from joining a professional building trade association.
Being in the building industry, you will know just how competitive it is!
Small business owners often needs help with saving money on products and services that are specific to the trade they operate in,
such as yellow pages advertising, business quoting software and tradesmen's and van insurance.
Often savings made can outweigh the annual membership fees incurred when joining a UK building association.
Being a member of a builders association such as FairTrades can help increase your bottom line profit, and that's what the membership is all about.
Look For Additional Accreditation
Some trade associations also help their members gain additional accreditation, such as membership of the Government endorsed
Being added to the TrustMark register through an association membership scheme can save you time and cut down on the
additional paperwork required for the application, not to mention the approval waiting times.
Which association should you choose then?
The FairTrades Trade Association was established over thirty years ago and our name and 'Scales of Justice' logo are
probably amongst the most recognisable in the UK building sector. Unlike some other trade associations,
we work with trades people from most trade skills including general builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers and double glazing companies.
For this reason the FairTrades Association is often the first port of call for homeowners who are considering a home improvement project.
They are always looking for professional, reliable and vetted trades people.
Membership to FairTrades is available from as little as £1.00 per day with a benefits package that suits all types of trade professional
from sole traders to large national companies. For more information either call FairTrades on 08707 398 999 or go to
- it could be the best decision you make for your business.