• Posted by Louise Cook Wednesday Nov 23, 2016

Don’t say no to November gardening!

Gardening in winter… not the most attractive prospect to many of us it must be said. However, some careful planning will go a long way to give you the garden you’ll be longing for come spring time.

  • Posted by Lucy Findlay Friday Nov 18, 2016

Post truth and post authenticity?

I write this on a day when Donald Trump has been announced as President Elect of the USA. There are many questions that are being asked and soul searching for answers to them. Amongst others - are we in a post truth era or an era that wants to kick over the traces of corporate and institutional power that have bypassed them? One thing is for sure, it has been very difficult to see the truth from the myths and the authenticity of the message.

  • Posted by Louise Cook Monday Nov 14, 2016

Electricians: recharge your business batteries!

As an electrician you’ve probably encountered heaps of disastrous and somewhat dangerous electrical messes left behind from previous traders. You might even be left to clean up the mess! But when horror stories are picked up in the press, what many people don’t realise is that rogue traders are the exception, not the rule

  • Posted by Simon Ayers Wednesday Nov 09, 2016

Grow your Gas business this Winter

As we hit the colder winter months, you won’t be alone if you find a slow-down in work coming through the door. In the run-up to Christmas, many people will be counting the pennies and splashing out less on home improvements – but this could end up costing them more in the long run if they leave a faulty boiler undetected!

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Nov 04, 2016

Don’t be a drip – do something to tackle condensation!

Let me just say that before I start this blog, I am most definitely not an expert in home design, structural engineering, materials technology or environmental science. What I do know is that we are approaching the time of year when, for a large number of households, the dreaded “C” word starts to be mentioned and it can have a devastating impact on day-to-day life. The word is condensation.

  • Posted by Louise Cook Friday Oct 28, 2016

Calling all tradespeople: bring in more business by setting up your own website!

Have you ever thought about expanding your business’ visibility by setting up your own website? It’s a meaty task, and with such a busy career to juggle anyway, it’s easy to understand why you might never find the time to get round to it.

  • Posted by Karl Terry Friday Oct 21, 2016

Keeping it safe yet stylish with Karl Terry Roofing Contractors

I set up my own company, Karl Terry Roofing Contractors Ltd in 1993 in Wittersham, Kent after working for my Dad’s company previously. I felt there was a gap in the market for a traditional company with traditional values. I’m proud of our commitment to customer service, and I find that by setting out clear goals and expectations with my customers from the beginning, unforeseen circumstances are avoided further down the line.

  • Posted by Steve Playle Wednesday Oct 19, 2016

Getting your home ready for winter

It isn’t long now until the clocks go back and that means winter is almost here. I had a real taste of winter last week on a fascinating trip to Iceland where it continually rained for five days and the temperature peaked at ten degrees centigrade during the day. So, at this time of year, you really need to make sure that your home is ready and you are properly prepared for the next few months.

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Oct 07, 2016

Back to basics in learning how to complain properly

Trading Standards Officers across the UK deal with thousands and thousands of complaints and enquiries every year on a massive range of subjects. It could be a problem with counterfeit goods, unsafe electrical products, goods that break down too quickly or the inevitable problems with rogue traders.

  • Posted by Louise Cook Monday Sep 19, 2016

TrustMark praises the return of Gas Safety week

Today we see the return of Gas Safety week, a national campaign driving awareness of Gas safety measures to reduce injuries and deaths caused by faulty gas equipment. The campaign is running from 19-25th September and sees the sixth consecutive year of raising awareness of gas safety and driving home safety.

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TrustMark's blog features tips, advice and inspiration for homeowners on all repair and home improvement issues and showcases some of the best projects our registered tradespeople have worked on.

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