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Branching out: why tradespeople should consider tree surgeon training

Learning the skills required to become a tree surgeon can help tradespeople take on additional jobs, especially in the quieter months. In this blog, we detail the steps required to learn the skill and what’s needed to start working in the sector. Keep on climbing It doesn’t matter if you call them tree surgeons or…

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Plumber

7 Safety Hazards That Plumbers Should Be Aware Of

Image Source: Pixabay When thinking of safety hazards in plumbing, you usually think of slips, trips and falls, dust, and noise. Although these are obvious hazards and risks, there are also plenty of not so obvious hazards which are just as common. Here’s a hazard guide for plumbers to ensure you make it home safe…

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Landscape GardenerTree Surgeon

Branching out: why tradespeople should consider tree surgeon training

Learning the skills required to become a tree surgeon can help tradespeople take on additional jobs, especially in the quieter months. In this blog, we detail the steps required to learn the skill and what’s needed to start working in the sector. Keep on climbing It doesn’t matter if you call them tree surgeons or...

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Under sink plumber

Plumber

7 Safety Hazards That Plumbers Should Be Aware Of

Image Source: Pixabay When thinking of safety hazards in plumbing, you usually think of slips, trips and falls, dust, and noise. Although these are obvious hazards and risks, there are also plenty of not so obvious hazards which are just as common. Here’s a hazard guide for plumbers to ensure you make it home safe...

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Plumber

Handy Hubby Gets a Lift from Checkatrade

Joining Checkatrade has made a huge difference to Paul Beckett, founder and owner of Handy Hubby, a plumbing firm in Worthing. Since signing up over a decade ago, Paul has used the site to attract more jobs and to expand his company’s offering into new areas. Becoming a member has helped his firm to get...

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WallPod EV Installation

Electrician

Demand for electric car charger points increase year on year!

Now is a great time to get qualified in this high growth industry to become a specialist and Certified EV Charging Point Installer. In a bid to tackle air pollution the government announced plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2040. However, the Committee on Climate Change is expected...

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phex 2019

Trade

PHEX Manchester 16 – 17 October 2019

The Checkatrade team are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at PHEX. The UK’s leading trade event for heating and plumbing professionals. Visiting PHEX can help you build your business, develop your skills and meet your colleagues in the plumbing and heating industry. Visit us at our stand to find out how Checkatrade...

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Tradehelp app

Plumber

Getting a Little Tradehelp

Getting a Little Tradehelp through our partner TradeHelp’s useful app Plumbing and heating members have access to a range of benefits, including being able to arrange finance for customers. With this in mind, we look at the top five reasons why having the facility to offer credit can be a great way to win more...

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Trade News

Should I Become VAT Registered?

Only when your business exceeds a turnover of £85,000 do you have to become VAT registered. However, some companies do decide to register for VAT before they hit this threshold. Here we explore the pros and cons. What are the benefits of becoming VAT registered? Many companies decide to register for VAT before they hit...

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Trade News

Keeping Your Books in Order

Looking after your finances can be stressful, but with some planning it’s possible to make the task easier to keep on top of. In this blog, we detail how best to go about the process. Should I hire an accountant? If you struggle with any of the following, then you should consider hiring an accountant:...

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Replacing a gas boiler opportunity

Plumber

Boilers: Getting the Right Fit

With gas boilers set to be banned in all new homes by 2025, is now the time to look more seriously at installing renewable technology? Here, we take a look at the business opportunity and the training courses available. Why the change? For years, there’s been a debate in the gas engineering industry about the...

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marketing your business

Trade

Marketing your Business: The Basics Explained

With the accelerated growth of digital platforms, there are now many different ways in which you can reach potential customers. For business owners, this can seem overwhelming at times, particularly if you feel uncertain over what channels to use and how best to understand whether or not they help you in winning new business. Take...

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