Joining A Glazing Association Just Might Be The Answer For Your Business!
As a contractor in the home improvement market you will most more than likely be looking for a way to get more out
of your business.
Not only do you have to find new customers looking for a conservatory or replacement doors and windows,
you need to prepare glazing quotations, order materials, train, manage and supervise your fitting teams,
but you will most likely have to do some if not all of the work yourself.
In August 2012 FairTrades was able to include one of the UK's leading international certification bodies; BM TRADA,
to to our association members. FairTrades is now able to provide its members with access to most if not all of the UK's
biggest Glazing Self Certification Schemes. This allows companies to the option to self certify for the replacement of
Windows and Doors, using either FENSA, CERTASs and BM TRADA's Competent Persons Scheme.
This scheme offers our members an alternative means of self certification.
That's why joining a trade association makes so much sense.
There are many advantages in belonging to a recognised trade association.
It is a proven fact that the public perceive a business to be more trustworthy if they belong to an established trade body.
For more information regarding Competent Persons Schemes
Reputation equates to trust and thanks to the unbelievable popularity of home improvement shows,
everyone who is lucky enough to own a home is paying far more weight to the home improvement sectors reputation.
The public now not only expect, but they demand
- experienced contractors, work references, company id cards
- sign writing on vans, professional looking quotes and contracts
- insurance backed guarantees to be offered or supplied and professional, knowledgeable contractors to work for them
Faced with a bewildering array of double glaziers, plumbers, joiners, builders and electricians they need to feel confident that they are choosing
someone who is part of a competent persons scheme and who has been vetted to work on their home. They are always looking for accreditation.
BMTrada, Certass or FENSA, FairTrades membership, IPWFI and TrustMark are now tools of the trade for the majority of glass and glazing business owners.
The trends are evident and they are growing quickly. Your next customer is now more likely than ever to make a recognised trade association
directory their first port of call, because they know that the people listed in these business directories conform to a high standard of professionalism.
Standards that include experience, on the job vetting, financial checks and accreditation from an external source. They also aware that in the unlikely
event of something going wrong there is a competent trade body they can approach when they feel their complaints have been ignored.
There are a number of professional trade associations and even a few trade federations you can join. Some are trade specific and others are
multi trade associations like FairTrades. All offer a range of benefits to members but let's focus on what our trade association can do for you and
A Bit More About Us
To tackle the growing trend of poor consumer confidence due to rogue traders we uphold a set of minimum requirements for all our FairTrades members.
FairTrades and its members are expected to uphold the high standards that both the public and those directly in the various building and home
improvement trades have come to expect from our association’s members.
Fair Trades Ltd was founded back in June 1983, some 28 years ago. FairTrades was later purchased by HomePro.com in January 2000. In 2001 the
Group gained membership to the General Insurance Standards Council (GISC) before completing the full merger of both businesses under the one
umbrella. (HomePro Ltd & Fair Trades Ltd)
In 2005 HomePro Ltd achieved *FSA authorisation (*Replaced by the Financial Conduct Authority in April 2013),
with FairTrades becoming an appointed representative.
Soon after we launched the web site FairTrades.co.uk as part of our online initiative and as our portal for Trade Professionals.
Early in 2011 FairTrades signed a deal with Insurance Choice. Insurance Choice were the insurance broker of choice for all FairTrades members until 2013.
Mid August 2012 FairTrades and HomePro joined forces with leading international certification body BM TRADA,
to offer FairTrades glazing members the option to self certify for the replacement of Windows and Doors,
using BM TRADA's Competent Persons Scheme.
To date the HomePro Group has provided over 1 million Insurance Backed Guarantees to home owners having home improvement works done by
Today we are expanding our reach and have a second premises in Guildford, Surrey.
As a multi trade association we are able to accept members from not only the double glazing market but also Kitchen,
bathroom installation and manufacturers, roofing companies, pavers and alternative energy companies such as
those in the solar storage and heating field.