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Membership Benefits - The Fair Trades Association

Joining The Fair Trades Association Can Seriously Benefit Your Business


Are you are a Tradesman / Company in the buildings and home improvement sector?
If so the Fair Trades Association could help you both market and grow your business, save time and money and reach new customers.
Below is an accordian detailing many of the benefits enjoyed by our members.
Click on any title (next to the info icon) for more information. You can complete our enquiry form and we can take you through more detail.

Sales and Marketing

Online Exposure For Tradesmen NationWide

Get Listed in several Tradesmen's Business Directories

Get direct exposure to homeowners in our trade directories All Fair Trades members are promoted free of charge on the "Find a Pro" directory which is located on HomePro.com. This business directory is web based and is extremely popular with homeowners in need of a tradesman. Fair Trades Association Members taking out TrustMark through us also appear in their "TrustMark Registered" directory for tradesmen at no additional cost. Leads generated from this and our directories are free of charge to members making for another excellent way to obtain exposure to the public without spending any more money.

"Free Quote Me" facility: - All four directories will enable homeowners to access your business details 24 hours a day and offer a FREE "Quote Me" facility. Again, FairTrades does not charge its members leads they receive.

“Find a Registered Tradesman” directory: - Only companies that have been vetted by our business are displayed here. That means that we have received several recommendations from previous customers of theirs, they have had financial checks and agree to uphold our Customer Charter. Those with TrustMark endorsement have also had a BBA on site inspection too. That way every home owner is reassured that they are dealing with a current Fair Trades member operating from within a reputable business. The public are also encouraged to call us if they wish to confirm any members status as part of our service. How much is am endorsement like that worth to you?

“Find a Pro” directory: - Entry into to the HomePro directory is given to all new Fair Trades members at the time of joining. The HomePro directory was established many years ago and helps generate great leads for many of the home improvement specialists listed by it. Again, this is a free service to FairTrades members with opportunities to upgrade listings available to all.

“Confirm a Trademan's Membership” facility: - Potential customers use this service every day to confirm and verify membership and find out more about members businesses.

Credible Logos Win Tradesmen More Work

Close More Deals - Display Credible Logos & Win Business

Insurance Backed Guarantees For years the Fair Trades logo has been proudly displayed on the side of tradesmen's vans and on their day to day business stationary such as letters, quotes etc. The public recognise and trust our logo as it is a sign of professionalism in the home improvement industry, and has been so for over 28 years. Being financially vetted and having feedback displayed on our web site, alongside logos such as TrustMark helps our members win more business.

Insurance Backed Guarantees Get your company into TrustMark quickly and easily. Fair Trades is a TrustMark scheme operator. When you Join the Full FairTrades package you also get the Government endorsed trusted standard of TrustMark who will check your firm's technical skills through regular on-site inspections, as well as checks on your trading record, financial status, quality of work, trading practices and customer satisfaction.

Exclusive Finance Deals For Trades

Looking for Low Rate Finance that Will Compete with Banks & Building Society’s? We have it.

Our new national Finance partner offers straightforward and easy point of sale credit products to help you and your company to increase, leads, sales and order values, provided by prime lenders, names your customers will know and trust.

Finance Products offered include: Buy Now Pay Later, Interest Free Schemes and Interest Bearing Schemes.

Fair Trades has secured preferential rates for our members, rates are competitive to you and your customers backed by a nationwide team of experienced account managers who are there to help, train and advise you and your team.

Best of all there no company is too big or too small, are no setting up or on-going management fees and funds are paid directly to you “the retailer” once the goods have been satisfactory fitted. Many members also receive a commission for finance deals. Members should please contact their Fair Trades account manager for full details on this benefit.

National Insurance Broker

Market Leading Business Products & Dedication To Customer Service

Access one of the UK's largest insurance brokers when you join Fair Trades. Our chosen partner offers a broad range of market leading business products and when coupled with their dedication to outstanding customer service, 5,000 staff based across more than 120 offices real product knowledge and expertise, the very best service is now at your fingertips.

With more than 200 specialist insurance products; our chosen insurance broker should be able to meet most of your insurance needs within your business, ranging from, but not limited to:

a) Public Liability Insurance
b) Employee Liability Insurance
c) Commercial Van Insurance
d) Tool Cover
e) Home Insurance

Insurance Backed Guarantees For Trades

Access Award Winning Insurance Backed Guarantees

Insurance Backed Guarantees One of the Groups Companies, HomePro Insurance, is one of the largest Insurance Backed Guarantees providers in the UK marketplace offering unrivalled levels of service and professionalism. They deal with over 3000 companies in the Home Improvement sector and can give you the best package available.

These IBG's cover many trades including: Solar, Glazing, Conservatories, Roofing, Extensions/Conversions, Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms but there are many more...

  • Deposit Protection Insurance is available to give your customers peace of mind*
  • Up to 10 years warranty cover is available on the completed project*
  • We supply all IBG users with ‘Point of Sale’ Leaflets**
*Subject to type of trade and the Terms and Conditions of the Insurance
** The leaflets outline the benefits of the IBG to your customers as you are not authorised to discuss the insurance.
Note: The IBG becomes active if you cease trading through insolvency: for Limited Companies this means administration, receivership or liquidation and for Sole Traders/Partnerships means bankruptcy.

Free Online Business Pages For Our Members - Electronic Business Card

Free Business Page For FairTrades Members!

Fair Trades not only lists our members in various trade directories but we provide our members with a free business page too.

This business page can be linked to from your own website or you even have the option to use this business page as your own website. Simply buy a web name and link it to your business page, it's that easy. All business pages supplied to our members contains a customer quote and contact form and will appear on Googles search results, so you will benefit from new business when home owners do a search for tradesmen in your area.

Corporate Advertising Schemes For Our Members

Discounted Yellow Pages Advertising Deals Advertising with the Fair Trades / Yellow Pages Corporate Advertising Scheme can really enhance the credibility of your business. Fair Trades and Yellow Pages have joined forces to create an exclusive advertising scheme available only to Fair Trades members. Fair Trades members can promote their business as part of a display advert in the Yellow Pages directory but will pay only lineage rates.

It’s a great opportunity for you to advertise your business and Trade Association membership under the renowned “Scales of Justice” logo.

So take advantage of the collective strength of Fair Trades membership to attract new customers to your business. Remember, 86% of directory users said that their confidence in a business increased if they advertised under a Trade Association banner. You’ve worked hard to become a member of an established association like Fair Trades, so why not enhance the credibility of your business advertising with the Fair Trades & Yellow Pages Corporate Advertising Scheme?

Increased Credibility

TrustMark Approved Scheme Operator

Discounted Yellow Pages Advertising Deals

What is TrustMark?

  • Registered companies can now achieve TrustMark approval through membership to the Fair Trades Association
  • TrustMark is the nationwide Government backed scheme to help consumers find reputable tradesmen to carry out work on their homes.
  • TrustMark ensures reputable tradesmen win the work, not the rogue traders
  • Consumers will look out for the TrustMark logo wherever tradesmen advertise you and they can search for local tradesmen via the TrustMark website and help clients

You will ...

  • You win more quotes, business and that means profit to your bottom line!
  • Be acknowledged by home owners.
  • Use of the TrustMark logo recognised by home owners every way.
  • Publicity from national and local TV, radio and newspaper coverage.
  • Be listed on the TrustMark Scheme Operators website for home owners to search and select.
  • Within the first six months of the scheme, our associations members start seeing an increase in business.
  • Home owners already asking ‘Are you are TrustMark tradesmen?’
To find out if your business is eligible for TrustMark membership speak to one of our members of staff. Conditions apply.

Glazing Competent Persons Scheme

Simpler Access For Glaziers To Their Chosen Competent Persons Schemes With Fair Trades Glaziers Competent Persons Scheme Fair Trades now offers our Glazing members the ability to self-certify installations, via several of the Glazing Industries Biggest Competent Persons Schemes, (FENSA, BMTRADA & CERTASS) saving them both time and money.

For more information or news on Fair Trades membership please complete our membership information request form, current members should contact their account manager.

Displaying the FairTrades Logo

using our logo along side your instills trust The renowned “Scales of Justice” logo is seen throughout the UK on a range of tradesmen's and contractor's vans, business showrooms and advertisements of the very finest trade professionals.

The Fair Trades logo enhances the contractor’s credibility and reassures the customer that they are dealing with a reputable company in a trade association that has passed our strict vetting criteria.

Membership Cards and Membership Certificate

The Fair Trades membership card is supplied to all of your customer facing employees and can be shown to potential customers as identification and proof of membership.

The Membership Certificate shows customers that you have passed our strict vetting procedure and can be displayed in your office or showroom, or even taken with you when quoting.

Letters of Introduction HandyCards

To promote your business, we provide you with Handycards and Introductory Letters to distribute to homes in the area where you are based or where you are working.

The home owner is presented with your contact details and can utilise our “Confirm a Tradesman's Membership” facility to verify your membership and find out more about your business.

Consumer Confidence From FairTrades Vetting Process & Conciliation Service

Vetting Processes

Fair Trades members go through a rigorous vetting procedure requiring the following; we look at the length of time a business has been trading; we check to ensure that our member companies have a clean legal history and a good credit rating; we obtain, corroborate and continuously update customer references. These checks ensure that the public know they are hiring professional home improvement specialists when they choose to use a Fair Trades member.

Access To Free Legal Conciliation Service

We provide a full Conciliation Service, available through our experienced conciliation team to discuss any issues your company may face.

Access Award Winning Insurance Backed Guarantees

One of the Groups Companies, HomePro Insurance, is one of the largest Insurance Backed Guarantees providers in the UK marketplace offering unrivalled levels of service and professionalism. They deal with over 3000 companies in the Home Improvement Sector and can give you the best package available. In July 2014 it became mandatory for glazing installers to provide an Insurance Backed Guarantee with all works completed. At least one member of the fitting team should also hold a MTC card. If you have any questions regarding IBG's or your responsibilities, contact FairTrades and we would be happy to explain the latest changes in more detail. Alternatively, contact your CPS directly, they too will be able to provide you with the required information. These IBG's cover many trades including: Double Glazing and Solar Companies, Conservatory manufacturers and installers, Roofing, Extensions/Conversions, Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms but there are many more...

  • Up to 10 years cover is available on Cessation to Trade for Financial Reasons *
  • We supply all Insurance Backed Guarantees users with Point of Sale Leaflets **
  • Deposit Protection Insurance available
*For Limited Companies this would be that they go into administration, receivership or liquidation. For Sole Traders / Partnerships this would be bankruptcy.
**Our IBG leaflets help explain the benefits of IBG's to your customers, saving you time.
Hand to your customers enabling to the fully understand the benefits and peace of mind of an Insurance Backed Guarantee.

Cost Savings Benefits

FairTrades HomePro TradePoint Card

MASSIVE SAVINGS coming your way with our new & exclusive FairTrades HomePro TradePoint Card - Saving You Money on Every Job

FairTrades Homepro have linked up with B&Q TradePoint and negotiated preferential prices for all our members. We’ve have successfully negotiated a MASSIVE additional discount off already their substantially discounted TradePoint prices.

This means with the FairTrades HomePro TradePoint card you’ll be making huge savings on your materials! Only members with this TradePoint card will get you this preferential pricing, so if you have an existing TradePoint card, destroy it and use our one.

Access to truly huge savings on over 3,000 products in the TradePoint catalogue. You can buy in-store (open early-late 7 days a week) at over 360 B&Q stores nationwide, You can also order online or by the phone with over 9,000 trade products available for delivery to site. This offering is the latest of a range of member benefits from FairTrades Homepro and we hope to add more in the coming months to help you save money and to grow your business.


Discounted New and Used Vans - Finance and Information

We have arranged exclusive access to deals set up for only our members with Best Van Deals. As a member of ours they will help you buy or lease your next van every step of the way. They will help you get the best possible deal from either Hire Purchase, Contract Hire, Finance Lease or a cash purchase. No pressure selling, just great advice.

  • Members will receive exclusive deals on new vans
  • Lease, Contract Hire and Hire Purchase van deals
  • Free and Impartial advice, No pressure selling, Dealership prices

UpTo 55% Discount On List price Tool and Equipment Hire

Discount Tool and Equipment Hire - National Cover, Massive Discount & Huge Range

With Travis Perkins Tool and Equipment Hire you can be sure you are getting a huge choice of well maintained, top brand name equipment that meets with our 5 star safety service as standard.

Travis Perkins Tool and Equipment Hire have built their Tool Hire service around the needs of the trade, and with a branch near you, you'll be able to find exactly what you're looking for from a Builders Merchant you can trust to give you excellent service.

Headline features

  • Members will a Massive discount off our list prices for Tool Hire
  • Travis Perkins Tool Hire have a huge range of tools, equipment and even skips for hire
  • Free and Impartial advice, No pressure selling, Dealership prices
  • Our members call just one number and all your tool / equipment hire need will be met

UpTo 40pc Discounted Utilities

Save money on utility bills Utility Trade is an Independent Utility Broker which now works very closely with our Fair Trades members. *They routinely save their customers between 25% and 40% on utility bills.

They not only specialise in finding cheap electricity and gas prices for business customers but also all telephony requirements too. This includes business broadband, new telephone lines and even your mobile internet dongle requirements. Commercial gas and electricity is available from many suppliers and on many different tariffs, but Utility Trade Ltd trawl the market to find the best prices so you save time as well as money.

Utility Trade Ltd deal directly with the utility suppliers using their portfolio to give you greater buying power. Saving you time as well as money. They specialise in finding the cheapest utilities so that our members can save on their telephony, internet and energy bills. Full details including our members unique promotional code are available to all our members via their account manager.

*Saving do depend on the individual business and current supplier prices, so do vary.

Trades FuelCard

Discount Diesel - Saving You Money on Every Litre
The new Fair Trades partnership with The Fuelcard People brings great discounts to the table for Fair Trades members. The Fuelcard People offer a wide range of discount fuel cards, providing discounted fuel at over 7000 fuel service stations nationwide, including BP, Shell, Texaco, Esso, Moto, Murco, Gulf, Pace and Emo pumps as well as The Co-operative and Morrisons supermarket forecourts, and many more.

Headline features

  • Purchase both petrol and diesel with a fixed weekly price
  • Discounts of up to 5p off the national average pump price
  • Discounts of up to 10p at motorway pumps
  • Free fuel cards for the first year and just £6 per year thereafter
  • Access to over 7000 pumps nationwide, with both major brand and network fuel cards
  • Always speak to your dedicated account manager, not a call centre operator
  • Fair Trades account managers at The Fuelcard People have full details for members who wish to take advantage of this great offer.

AA Membership Discounts Between 30pc and 50pc For All Our Members

AA Membership Benefit FairTrades Association Members have been entitled to preferential AA membership rates since 2006. They can save up to 46% off AA Fleet Breakdown Cover.

We recently updated our agreement and members are now entitled to even better business rates when they take out AA membership through as our member. With a choice of six levels of cover from Fleetwide 1 to Fleetwide 5 Cover and Europe Cover the AA have a breakdown package for all trade members. eg FleetWide 1 was £208.50, but our members pay just £94.50.

Members need to Quote the FairTrades Promo Code for the discount. Your personal account manager at FairTrades has all the details.

Level of cover Std 3-6 rate FairTrades Group Rate FairTrades Members Save
Fleetwide 1 £208.50 £114.00 £94.50
Fleetwide 2 £179.50 £99.50 £80.00
Fleetwide 3 £169.00 £92.00 £77.00
Fleetwide 4 £140.00 £77.50 £62.50
Fleetwide 5 £102.00 £55.71 £46.29
Europe £ 35.00 £16.50 £18.50

MOT, Service & Repair Discounts For Members

MOT, Service & Repair - Member Discounts We are currently sourcing a new partner for this benefit due to its popularity. Please speak to your account mananger if you have any questions.

Truly Mobile Card Payment Terminals Discounted by ChipnPin

Looking to accept card payments? - Chip & Pin Solution offer mobile and fixed line card machines that enable your customers the ability to accept card payments.

Our machines are simple to use, hand-sized, robust and rigorously tested. They are also fully accredited by all of the major UK banks and accept all major credit and debit cards.

Fair Trades members benefit in a few ways with this solution, as they are able to:

  • Accept cards over the phone, on the road or in the office
  • Money in your bank in 3 days and Low merchant rates too
  • All major credit cards accepted & a 24-hour replacement service available
Currently Chip & Pin provide solutions to a wide range of different businesses including sole traders, larger companies and short-term hire to the events industry. Their mobile customers range from market traders, plumbers, taxi drivers, home delivery, roadside recovery services and many more. They also work with some of the biggest UK brands including the AA, and Pimlico Plumbers and Domino's Pizza and more...

All Fair Trades members will receive a dedicated account manager and because there are no difficult forms for you to complete, our benefit provider takes care of all the hassle for you - leaving you to concentrate on your business. Start accepting card payments as soon as your membership starts.


Avis Business Europe

Discounted Car Hire
Need to move a few things? Avis Van Hire

Whether you're exhibiting at corporate event or simply shuttling boxes between office and storage unit, having a van will make moves like these much easier.

We understand every business is different. That's why we have a choice of convenient and economical van hire solutions to best suit your needs.

Interested in making a reservation or finding out more?

Call us on 0808 284 5000, email us at avisbusiness@avis.co.uk or press the button below to request a call back from our dedicated business team.

Collect your business van from one of our locations:

Battersea ; Croydon ; Enfield ; Euston ; Harlow ; Luton ; Maidstone ; Waltham Abbey ; Waterloo ; Wembley ; Yeading Avis Car Hire Offer For Fair Trades members.

Members are able to enjoy business class service with Avis Business Europe.

Car Hire - Avis Business Europe

  • Up to 10% off UK and European car rentals
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Delivery & Collection service
  • Over 300 UK pick up locations
  • Fantastic range of Cars
  • No contract
  • Avis Insurance


Please enjoy the benefits of being an Avis Business Europe member and please do not hesitate to contact your account manager if you have any questions.





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Fair Trades is the trading name of Fair Trades Ltd. Fair Trades Ltd is registered in England
Company Number 1813671. Registered Office is Suite 40B, Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1BY
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