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HAVE you ever tried posting a trade job request onto one of those nationwide “Find a Tradesman” type websites and then waited for the quotes to roll in?

Research shows that these nationwide websites seem to work best in the cities, where there is a higher percentage of customers and trade firms in close proximity. Consequently, trade firms and customers from rural areas like ours tend not to use them.

Local business owner, Angela Chatterton, from Ednam, near Kelso, came up with the solution to this issue by adapting the nationwide concept specifically for the Scottish Borders. “Border Trade Search” can be found at www.bordertradesearch.co.uk.

This free and no obligation online service enables customers from our region to complete and submit a simple one page trade estimate request form and the Company sources carefully matched trade firms from a growing database on the customer’s behalf. Perfect for those who aren’t sure which trade firms to try, or don’t have the time to trawl through the local directories.

Border Trade Search ensures that estimates are only sourced from local trade firms who have registered with the company as an approved trade firm member, to ensure that each one has adequate insurance, applicable trade qualifications and positive customer recommendations.

The main priority for Border Trade Search is to delegate job estimate requests fairly amongst its members so that everybody benefits and the low cost monthly membership fee more than pays for itself. Border Trade Search caters for both domestic and commercial property and garden estimate enquiries.

Free estimates can be requested for anything from simple maintenance jobs to major new build projects. The new website also features a Virtual Shop Window (currently being created) for local suppliers, merchants and professional services firms to advertise their current promotions and services to their ideal target audience, ie home and garden customers, all for very reasonable advertising rates.

Michelle Donaghy, owner of “Tile Style”, the popular tile shop in Galashiels and Jonathon Underwood, owner of Underwood and Sons, Electricians, near Kelso, are both delighted to support Border Trade Search as a website advertiser and registered trade firm member, respectively.

So when you’re looking for that next property or garden project or maintenance job to be done and need trade estimates, check out the new website at www.bordertradesearch.co.uk. Remember, the service is free and without obligation. Alternatively, to enquire about becoming a Trade Firm Member or to advertise on the website, simply request an information pack via the website, or ring Angela on 01573 223082 or 0779 631 2921.