CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Door step action

CAMBS County Council’s approved trader scheme is backing National Consumer Week (Nov 12-19) and urging people not to buy on the doorstep.

Buy With Confidence – developed by Trading Standards – provides consumers with a list of bone-fide contractors who will do a good job at a reasonable price and help them to avoid ‘rogue traders’ who often cold call their victims.

All members of Buy With Confidence have agreed not to cold call potential customers to try to sell goods or services.

The scheme provides Cambridgeshire residents with a credible alternative with an online database of local approved businesses which are more than happy to discuss work with possible clients with no high pressure sales tactics.

To find a Buy With Confidence member:

• Go to www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

• Call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506

• Or call in at you local library where staff can look up traders

Before agreeing to any work, customers should always ensure they have spoken to two or three traders to satisfy themselves that the work is necessary and always get prices from more than one company.

Any business which is interested in joining the BWC list can get further information and an application form at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or call Cambridgeshire Direct on 0345 0455206.

Satisfied customers can also recommend contractors to the scheme by e-mail at: bwc@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.