TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, has seen a huge surge in tree surgeons joining the scheme over the past six months, with a fourfold increase (303%) in just six months. Over 112,000 search results have been provided to homeowners looking for expert and local TrustMark tree surgeons across the UK since the start of 2014, with 11,234 in October alone.
A key contributor to this growth in trade is the Arboricultural Association (AA), which was awarded scheme operator status for TrustMark in April 2014. The Association has grown its ARB Approved TrustMark membership to over 120 contractors and is set to continue this expansion over the coming months.
Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “Tree Surgery is a specialist trade and the danger to people and property is very high if tree surgeons do not have the appropriate training, experience and equipment. Thankfully more and more homeowners are now realising the importance of using quality and reputable contractors and are seeking out ARB Approved TrustMark contractors. We are delighted to see such high figures of contractors both joining the scheme and homeowners who are searching for TrustMark registered tree surgeons, rather than looking on any ‘find a trader’ websites, which carry out little or no checks on the firms they are listing.”
Paul Smith, Technical Officer of the Arboricultural Association said: “ It is a mark of the professionalism of ARB Approved contractors that they have taken up the TrustMark scheme in such numbers. The Association is continually driving the message home that tree surgery is complex and potentially dangerous - consumers need to be able to find competent professionals quickly and easily – the TrustMark scheme provides an unbeatable service in this respect”
The Arboricultural Association was founded in 1964 and is the largest body in the UK for the amenity tree care professional. The Association promotes the sustainable management of trees in areas where people live, work and play and also delivers professional standards and guidance whilst ensuring responsible management of trees.
To stay up-to-date with developments at TrustMark, visit www.trustmark.org.uk. For further information about the Arboricultural Association visit www.trees.org.uk
Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information, please contact: Georgina Watkins, Tel: 07595 158460, Email: email@example.com
Notes to Editors
- TrustMark is the Government endorsed quality scheme that signposts people to reputable local tradespeople. It is a registered social enterprise, operated under licence from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
- TrustMark is not an advertising directory or a website that sells leads. As a not-for-profit organisation it does not make money from consumers.
- TrustMark’s website has an easy to use UK wide postcode search facility, which provides details of more than 22,500 licensed trades and has the largest database of accredited tradesmen in the country.
- All TrustMark firms’ technical skills have been independently checked through on-site inspections to ensure a high quality of workmanship and trading practices. TrustMark is the only scheme covering all domestic trades that requires qualified inspectors to do these visits, so that technical competence is checked as well as business practices and customer satisfaction.
- TrustMark firms make a commitment to work to Government endorsed standards and are able to offer insurance backed warranties and deposit protection, as well as operating a user-friendly complaints procedure.
The Arboricultural Association
- Since 1964 the Arboricultural Association has been the national body in the UK and Ireland for the amenity tree care professional in either civic or commercial employment at craft, technical, supervisory, managerial or consultancy level. There are currently over 2,000 members of the Arboricultural Association in a variety of membership classes.
- The Charitable objective of the Arboricultural Association is to Advance the Science of Arboriculture for the Public Benefit. It does this by setting standards, promoting standards and enabling Compliance.
- The Arboricultural Association’s Website is www.trees.org.uk