Whether you’re having new vertical sliding windows installed at your place of business, or are having an entire conservatory built on site, you absolutely must make sure that the company you choose to do the work is professional, experienced and entirely above board.

The quality of your window and door installation is equally as important as the quality of the products you choose to use – which is perhaps why the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is now calling on the government to introduce a licensing scheme to stamp out rogue traders once and for all.

A survey carried out by the organisation found that nearly 80 per cent of homeowners and builders are keen for this scheme to be brought in. What’s more, almost 90 per cent of homeowners think that the government should criminalise rogue and incompetent builders, with 55 per cent of those who have commissioned home improvements having a negative experience with their chosen builder.

Commenting on the findings, Brian Berry – chief executive of the FMB – said: “Aside from the obvious health and safety benefits, the advantages of a licensing scheme are manifold. Licensing would bar from the industry the very worst firms operating in the construction sector. Consumer protection would increase and with it, the appetite among homeowners to undertake more construction work.”

As a tradesman, signing up to this kind of scheme will help prospective customers gain a level of trust, which is essential when it comes to winning contracts. You might also want to register with TrustMark if you haven’t already done so, as well as joining trade associations like Check-a-Trade, the National Federation of Builders and the FMB.

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