TrustMark Press Releases


Jul 11, 2017, 10:45 AM by User Not Found

Professional tradesmen in North London, Cox Format Developments, have become one of the first construction companies to achieve the new TrustMark Trading Standards Approved accreditation.

TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme in the UK is working with Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards as their primary authority partner to deliver this national scheme and carry out all of the necessary checks.

Specializing in extensions and loft conversions, Cox Format is fully committed to providing the highest quality of standards and workmanship to its clients on every job it undertakes.  Striving to be the best in the industry, the business is always looking to get an edge over its competitors so having the right accreditation in place has really helped build their reputation.

With over 30 years of experience working within the local area and building industry, Cox Format felt it was vital to be part of a well-respected scheme which was recognised by prospective clients. The Trading Standards Approval scheme ticked all the boxes as it offered another level of consumer protection and trade accreditation. 

As a TrustMark-registered firm, it was easy for Cox Format to apply for the Trading Standards Approval scheme.  In addition to ensuring the business had all the correct documentation and insurances in place, Intelligence Checks were carried out by Trading Standards and DBS Checks by TrustMark – and these were completed successfully.

Peter Maton, business owner of Cox Format, adds: “It was important that we became accredited through the Trading Standards Approval scheme as it proves to both existing and potential clients that we are a well run business that meets or exceeds recognised standards of work.  It will be an invaluable badge for our sales and marketing and will be a key differentiator for clients when they are choosing their contractor as they will know that we have been approved to use it.

“This scheme should raise standards amongst contractors in our business and eventually drive more business towards accredited firms.  Knowing that a firm is accredited by a professional, Government-endorsed body will minimise the risk to the client and aid their decision making, particularly when there are still a significant number of rogue traders doing shoddy work and ripping people off. 

“We were delighted to achieve this high accolade for our business as it not only raises our profile, but gives our clients the reassurance and confidence that they are employing a reputable, reliable firm that has not only been vetted by TrustMark, but also checked by Trading Standards.”

Cox Format Developments Ltd is just one of the many firms that is already reaping the benefits of being Trading Standards Approved.  To find out how to apply for the scheme, visit or email or telephone 0333 555 0352.

For further information and to stay up-to-date with developments at TrustMark, visit


Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information or photos, please contact:

Louise Cook, Tel: 0333 555 0339, Email:

Notes to Editors

About TrustMark


About TrustMark

  • TrustMark is not an advertising directory or a website that sells leads. It is a registered social enterprise, operated under licence from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 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 21,000 licensed trades and has the largest database of accredited tradespeople 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 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. 

About Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

  • Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are in a formal Primary Authority Partnership with TrustMark; through this they provide “assured advice” and information to support TrustMark registered firms, have agreed the standards for Trading Standards Approved accreditation and audit and monitor the operation and performance of the scheme and its members.
  • Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service.  You can see the variety of work carried out by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards on our website