Standards issue new warning to Burnham and Highbridge firms
traders offering tool sharpening services may be headed back to
the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area, Trading Standards have warned
Standards say they are concerned that the traders will try to charge
thousands of pounds for work that isnt agreed.
targeted businesses in Highbridge, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater,
Exeter, Dawlish, Frome and Shepton Mallet last year.
offer to take a few tools to demonstrate their skill and provide
an estimate before returning to take the tools to be sharpened.
Several days later they return with the tools, and demand thousands
of pounds from the business.
the businesses, which include engineering and building firms, refuse
to pay they make aggressive demands for the money in person, by
phone and email and by causing serious disruption to the business.
traders frequently change their business name and telephone numbers
but their 'modus operandi' rarely changes. The paperwork provided
appears legitimate and the company is registered in a foreign country.
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Deputy Leader with Responsibility
for Trading Standards, said: "We strongly advise businesses
to only use trusted traders and not to agree to services offered
by passing tradesmen. Businesses can find a list of approved and
reputable traders in their area on our Buy with Confidence website."