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Building near trees

In the era of intense building developments, tradespeople across the county are increasingly faced with a difficult obstacle to overcome; trees. While most trees that grow near buildings cause no damage, some require further attention. In this blog, we provide an overview of the possible implications of building around trees. What are the implications of…

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Petrol, diesel or electric - which is the best fuel type for your next van?

It’s never been easier to buy a new or used van, with franchised dealers, independent sellers and online traders all vying for your hard-earned cash. But which fuel type is best for your business needs? Dan Powell of Honest John Vans outlines the pros and cons of diesel, petrol and electric. Diesel Pros: Contrary to…

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GroundworkerTrade NewsTree Surgeon

Building near trees

In the era of intense building developments, tradespeople across the county are increasingly faced with a difficult obstacle to overcome; trees. While most trees that grow near buildings cause no damage, some require further attention. In this blog, we provide an overview of the possible implications of building around trees. What are the implications of...

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Petrol, diesel or electric – which is the best fuel type for your next van?

It’s never been easier to buy a new or used van, with franchised dealers, independent sellers and online traders all vying for your hard-earned cash. But which fuel type is best for your business needs? Dan Powell of Honest John Vans outlines the pros and cons of diesel, petrol and electric. Diesel Pros: Contrary to...

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Keeping our members moving for less

Some tradespeople probably feel like they spend a lifetime stuck in the back of a van. They might not be far off, between driving them to jobs and scouring through them for tools, it’s the closest thing many of us have to a stable working location. In fact, recent research from the Federation of Master...

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Tree Surgeon

How to become a tree surgeon

Becoming a tree surgeon might sound like a lofty ambition, but it’s a role that many people in the UK would be perfectly suited for. In this article, we assess what’s required to start working in the field. Do you need qualifications to be a tree surgeon? No, there are no specific qualifications required to...

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Top tips for van livery

There are a number of ways to make your van more eye-catching and attract more business in the process. In this article, we detail our top tips to ensure you’re getting the most from your vehicle’s design. Why make your van stand out? • Helps to build credibility, making your business look trustworthy. • Known...

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Plumber

Low water pressure – a sales opportunity?

Many a homeowner knows the frustration of low water pressure but few realise it’s a problem that’s easily fixed. Here, we take a look at how offering the right solution, could really make your customer’s day. What causes low water pressure? There are a number of reasons as to why a home might suffer from...

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Plumber

Take a day off the tools

What can training courses offer a time served heating and plumbing engineer? Here, we take a look at why they might just be worth a day off the tools. Become better at running your business When thinking about training, you might automatically think about practical training, but there is also a range of courses to...

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Security/Alarms

Keeping your van safe

Tool theft has been an issue that the construction industry has struggled with for many years. In fact, research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found that over half of British builders alone have fallen victim to the crime. It’s an increase of two-thirds since 2015 and means that tool theft has now accounted...

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Checkatrade New Business Advisor Daniel Wearn

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Starting your Checkatrade journey

All journeys have to start somewhere. For the Checkatrade journey, it all begins with our New Business team. They’re the department in charge with helping tradespeople at the earliest stages of setting up their profiles. We spoke with Daniel Wearn, a New Business Advisor, about his role and how he’s helping make it far easier...

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What help is available if you are sick or injured and can’t work?

For self-employed professionals, one of the biggest issues is that when you are not working, you are not earning. A worst-case scenario is being unable to work for extended periods of time due to long term sickness or injury.  Here, we provide an overview of some of the help that’s out there, if the worst...

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