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the-times 17/02/2014

One lump or two in builder’s favourite brew

It is possible to be even more precise: the tradesman on the Clapham Omnibus likes a bag of PG Tips with one or two sugars, according to a poll for, the recommendation website. Read more

The Sunday Times 16/02/2014


Toby Buckland offers advice on how to sow seeds. Read more 

daily-express 11/02/2014

RatedPeople to list on stock market

The group said that it ad closed a pre-float investment round raising £6.5 million before moving to the junior Aim market later this year. Read more

Proactive Investors 11/02/2014

RatedPeople tradesmen website to list on stock market

Online firm which helps put homeowners in touch with recommended local tradesmen has laid the foundations for a stock market float. Read more

Private-Equity-Wire 11/02/2014 closes GBP6.5m pre-IPO investment round 
Since 2011, when Frog first invested, the business has doubled its revenues and cemented its position as leader in the UK market. Read more 

UK news 10/02/2013

RatedPeople tradesmen website to list on stock market 

Chief executive Chris Havemann said the money would help fund an advertising campaign starring property TV star Phil Spencer to help it take a greater share of the £40 billion UK home improvement market. Read more

London south eas 10/02/2014 raises GBP 6.5 million in pre-IPO investment round said Monday that it had raised GBP 6.5 million in a pre-initial public offering, ahead of plans to float on AIM later this year. Read more 

IT Briefing 11/02/2014 announces closure of £6.5 million pre-IPO round

The Pre-IPO round comprises of £5.5 of new equity investment co-led by’s existing investor Frog Capital (“Frog”); along with £1m of venture debt from Silicon Valley-based Western Technology Investment (“WTI”). Read more

City AM 10/02/2014

Rated People joins flurry of tech companies planning Aim float

Rated People, the online trade recommendation service, yesterday became the latest technology firm to unveil its plants to float on Aim. Read more

Telegraph 9/2/2014

Float beckons for trading site, the website that matches homeowners with local tradesmen, will join the stream of companies debuting on London’s junior Aim market this year. Read more

The Sunday Times 25/01/2014


Toby Buckland plants a cheerful winter pot. Read more


Woman's Own 27/01/2014

Smart shopper

Finding a good tradesperson can be a nightmare. But may well be the answer. Log on and give a description of the job you want doing and then wait for a rated plumber, electrician or odd-job man to get in touch. Read more

the-times 17/01/2014

Britain’s five favourite ways to add value

According to, projects include dormers and skylights have increased by 12 per cent over the past year. Read more

London Business School Alumni 17/01/2014

Team player

Chris Havemann MBA1999 is the new Chair of the International Alumni Council of London Business School and CEO of Rated People, the UK’s leading online marketplace for tradesmen. Read more

Daily Telegraph 7/01/2014

My space

Abigail is a ambassador. Read more 

daily-express 3/01/2013

Five things I can’t live without: Fiona Fullerton

Fiona Fullerton is an ambassador for tradesmen search site Read more

livingetc 1/01/2014

Go graphic in your bathroom

Find a specialist tradesman in your area through Read more

Pick me up logo 12/12/2013

Rated People

This apps helps you find qualified tradespeople in your area, and avoid being ripped off by cowboys. Read more

metro-logo 22/11/2013

More work… on tighter budgets’s Tariq Dag Khan says: ‘Homeowners are still struggling to make their money go further so budgets are being cut across the many different trades we offer.’ Read more

metro-logo 15/11/2013


Martin Heady of MGH Building Solutions (a member of tradesman website on how to look after your hot tub in winter. Read more

Daily Telegraph 11/11/2013

Chim-Chim Kerching! The return of the chimney sweep

Both sweeps are members of online tradesmen, which has reported a 34pc increase in fireplace-related projects this year. Read more 

All about you 05/11/2013

Winterproof your home

At […] you can read reviews and ratings from previous clients in your area. This could save you time and trouble. Read more

The Sunday Times 28/10/2013

Can she fix it?,  another tradesman site, says the number of women signing up to be listed doubled between June 2011 and June 2013 […]. Read more

The Sunday Times 6/10/2013

We can’t get the staff

Some of the biggest spikes in demand have been for large-scale projects., a tradesman review site, has seen a huge increase in building projects this year, particularly for loft conversions – the number of such jobs posted on the site is up by 174% compared with 2012. Read more

metro-logo 23/09/2013

60 seconds

Fiona Fullerton, 56, is a property guru, journalist, author, ex-actress and Bond girl. […] Fiona is also an ambassador for a website for tradesmen reviews and recommendations. Read more

homebuilding and renovation 05/09/2013

Find-a-builder websites

The websites and are both useful starting points, but once again can’t guarantee that all the listed builders are reliable. Read more

livingetc 05/09/2013

Chose your kitchen style

An experienced carpenter found through can custom-make concertina doors. Read more

livingetc 05/09/2013

Essential elements

Tradespeople: Rated People Read more

beautiful homes 01/09/2013


To find a reputable local carpenter visit Read more

excite 25/08/2013

Average loft conversion costs

You have the option to the visit a company that deals specifically with loft conversions, or you can also go through individual contractors to find a competitive rate. However, remember that loft conversion costs shouldn’t be compromised on – to find the most competent builders to work on your project, use sites such as Read more

yorkshire post 25/08/2013

Pay the price if you wait to fix a leak

Homeowners are waiting an average of six months to fix a leak in their homes with many waiting over a year, research by has found. Read more

Style-at-Home 27/08/2013

Project managing

Managing a budget, big or small, follows the same rules. If there’s structural work get at least three quotes from builders. Use Read more

sunday express 25/08/2013

Brush off DIY disasters

If you don’t feel qualified enough to carry out certain jobs around the home, don’t be afraid of calling in the professionals. […] useful services include, Read more

saga 12/08/2013

Who to trust?

At [sic] you can post the work you need to be done and three traders should contact you with a quote for the job. If they have secured previous work through the site, you can read customer reviews. Read more

red-online 22/08/2013

Living room / Modern retro living rooms

For a recommended local tradesman to make a built-in shelving unit, search on Rated People. Read more

SundayMirror 11/08/2013

5 tips to finding a good tradesman

Tradesman websites: and are two market-leading websites that offer a database of recommended tradesmen. Read more

twyford advertiser 05/08/2013

Leaky taps wasting 1.6bn litres of water

The online tradesmen recommendation service also found that seven in every 100 properties will end up suffering from flooding as a result of an untreated leak. Read more

maidenhead advertiser 05/08/2013

Leaky taps wasting 1.6bn litres of water

Chief Marketing Officer at Tariq Dag Khan said: “We tend to view leaky taps as an irritation; however, something that starts small can quickly escalate to a very serious and damaging problem for your property.” Read more

Good Housekeeping 05/08/2013

Are we still a nation of DIY lovers?

Leaky taps are wasting 1.6 billion litres of water every year, new research has discovered. Carried out by it found that 40% of homeowners claimed their property suffered extensive damage before they realised the severity of problems caused by a seemingly minor leak. Read more

metro-logo 02/08/13

Our favourite things…

Abigail Ahern: Interior designer and ambassador for tradesman recommendation service I’m obsessed with supersized convex mirrors. They’re my favourite piece in homes and I use them everywhere. Mirrors are one of the most important components in the decorating book. Read more

country living 30/07/2013

My countryside… Phil Spencer

Growing up on a farm, eating with the seasons and having a passion for fly fishing have all given the TV presenter a deep respect for the British countryside. Phil Spencer is an ambassador for, which helps to connect homeowners with their best local tradesmen. Read more

metro-logo 08/07/2013

The house of (burnt) orange

Buck the usual summer trend for light colours and bathe your interior in this bolder, versatile hue this year […] Ahern is an ambassador for the tradesperson recommendation service Read more

newsLogo_MSN_Money 05/07/2013

How can you boost the value of your home? 

Recent findings from, a tradesmen recommendation service, found that despite the recession, two thirds of people are undertaking renovations, with top cosmetic treatments including laying new floor or carpets, updating wallpaper or paintwork, re-plastering walls and ceilings, repainting the front door, and installing energy-saving measures. Read more

real-homes 05/07/2013

The latest home security updates

‘It’s important to consider the types of security you want,’ says Simon Minor of Go-Green Electrical Brighton, a member of Read more

your-home 05/07/2013

Make a statement with a new worktop and splashback

Expert tip: Glass worktops are becoming increasingly popular for a modern kitchen look. Gavin Dyda from B&Z, a member of Read more

ideal-home-logo 02/07/2013

Home ideas

For a truely bespoke service, a carpenter or joiner will be able to create furniture to fit your brief. You can find a local carpenter at Read more

mail-online 21/06/2013

Ten smartphone apps to help you save money on your household bills

Best for finding a decent plumber: Rated people. Finding a good builder, plumber or electrician is like finding the holy grail and once you find someone you trust it can save hassle and money. The app will help you find qualified and highly rated tradespeople in your area, while you are on the go. Read more

The Sunday Times 20/06/2013

Neighbours take Dorset man to court over car collection “eyesore”

Britain is a nation of hoarders with over half describing their homes as “cluttered”, according to a survey by, but a Dorset man who has a collection of 30 old cars in his back garden discovered it’s a habit that can cost a day in court and a £2,000 bill. Read more

the-times 19/06/2013

You never know, it might come in useful one day

A poll of 1,000 homeowners by found that paperwork such as old bank statements and receipts are the most common form of clutter, cited by almost half of respondents. Read more

Daily Telegraph 19/06/2013

Old birthday cards, useless gadgets – Britons can’t part with their junk

Tariq Dag Khan from added: “De-cluttering your home could also provide inspiration for other home improvement projects; you’ll be amazed at the possibilities of what you can do with the extra space in your home, once you’re able to see it.” Read more

BBC News 12/06/2013

Name firms that mistreat consumers says Citizens Advice

Chris Havemann, chief executive of trader website, said that the proposals did not do enough to protect the small businesses that could be in dispute with their customers. Read more

guardian online1 12/06/2013

Beat rogue builders or plumbers. Turn snooper with your smartphone…

The proposals have gone down like a lead balloon with the industry, although Chris Havemann, chief executive of trades people’s website, said: “If recording conversations will give both parties greater peace of mind, and help to reduce this figure, then tradesmen should welcome the implementation of the bill.” Read more

UK wired news 12/06/2013

Name firms that mistreat consumers says Citizens Advice

Chris Havemann, chief executive of trader website said […] “The trade industry at present require a great deal of trust for both the tradesman and the consumer, and it is just as likely that a tradesman will be left in difficult circumstances due to delayed payments or customers changing their mind about agreed activitiy as it is for consumers to be faced by poorly completed projects […].” Read more

The Sunday Times 02/06/2013

A screw loose

How much does it cost for someone else to change a lightbulb? £932,400 a month, according to the website, which says its tradesmen attend nonemergency callouts costing £140m a year. Read more

beautiful-kitchens 30/05/2013

How to choose a splashback

If you’re buying a splashback to makeover your kitchen, then choose a tile fitter or specialist splashback supplier by following up recommendations or searching online and visiting sites such as […]. Read more

real-homes 30/05/2013

What’s new in home security?

‘It’s important to consider the type of security you want,’ says Simon Minor of Go-Green Electrical Brighton, a member of Read more

GD-logo-new 30/05/2013

Buyer’s Guide: Flooring

Vinyl flooring is generally a tough, hygienic and wipe-clean solution, which makes it suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. ‘Vinyl flooring is versatile’ says Chris Lloyd of Clic It (a member of Read more

femalefirst 24/05/2013

Top 10 DIY jobs homeowners can do themselves has found that at least once a month 37 per cent of tradesmen find themselves called out for far more unusual “emergencies” including releasing people hand-cuffed to pipes and bedposts or helping to change a light bulb. Read more

So Feminine 17/05/2013

DIY tips every woman should know

Tradesmen comparison website have calculated that we waste up to £140 million each year on needless tradesmen jobs. Read more

your money 08/05/2013

Money down the drain: Brits waste £140m a year on home ’emergencies’

In a survey of 1,100 registered tradesmen by comparison site, 37% find themselves being called out for unusual emergencies. Read more

sunday express 05/05/2013

What ever happened to… Bond girl Fiona Fullerton

Fiona is an ambassador for Rated People. To find a reliable tradesman in your area, visit or download the app. Read more

livingetc  03/05/2013

Choose your garden style

Dermarta, a member of, could build a structure like this from £3,870. Read more

daily-mirror 01/05/2013

Sent round the U-bend

Nearly 10% of tradesmen have emptied drains to find watches and rings […] A tradesman said: “I got a call out from two children who needed their house redecorated. They had a party and needed to cover their tracks”. Read more

 entrepreneur country 16/04/2013

Small businesses rocked by £174m loss from March’s freeze

Of course, there are always some businesses which benefit from times like these. A survey found that there was a 160% increase in calls for boiler repairs. Read more

smarta  15/04/2013
Small businesses rocked by £174m loss from March’s freeze

A survey found that there was a 160% increase in calls for boiler repairs. But the same survey did highlight a 30% fall in the umber of gardening jobs posted. Read more


How to renovate with less stress

Pick the right tradesman: Ask friends and family or check rating sites such as […] Rebbecca Rowlands, of Oakfield Home Improvements, says you should ask to see examples of previous work and references. Read more


130,000 Brits Moonlighting to Pay Bills and Clear Debts

Sites where you can post an ad offering your freelance services include Gumtree, Rated People,  or you could use Twitter and Facebook to showcase your skill or service. Read more


Households in debt to energy suppliers rise sharply said it has seen a 160% increase in boiler repairs in the first two weeks of March, compared with the same period last year. Read more


Fiona Fullerton

Fiona has written books on property and is an ambassador for Read more


Update your home for under £50

[…] employ the services of a local carpenter. For suitable tradesmen check out Read more


iZettle Teams Up with, the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service, has announced that it is to collaborate with mobile payments provider iZettle. Read more


How to build extra value into your property

First impressions count when marketing your property, says Dermot Steedman at builder Dermarta. “Give your property ‘kerb appeal’ by painting or replacing your front door, gate or fence. A tiled garden path with subtle lighting will definitely add value.” Read more


How to build extra value into property

You could also post details of your project on websites and and ask builders to offer quotes for the job. Read more


iZettle, start m-payment tial

The partners are rolling out a trial to enable users to accept credit card payments on the go via their smartphones or tablet devices. Read more


iZettle teams up with for m-payment service

The two companies are set to roll out a trial to enable users to accept card payments on the go via their smartphone or tablet devices. Read more


UK merchant rating site partners with iZettle will be rolling out a trial that will offer iZettle’s mPOS service to these tradespeople so they can accept credit and debit cards from customers. Read more


iZettle, give U.K. tradesmen mobile payment option, the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service, today announces its collaboration with mobile payments provider iZettle. Read more


iZettle strikes deal with UK trade recommendation service

Rolling out a trial with the Swedish payments firm to enable users to securely accept card payments on the go via their smartphone or tablet device. Read more

  26/03/2013 […] joining forces with the Swedish payments firm iZettle to help them [tradesmen] take card payments via a dongle plugged into a smart phone or tablet. Read more


iZettle UK joins forces with, the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service, announced its collaboration with mobile payments provider iZettle. Read More


Mobile Payments Platform iZettle team up with to Empower 30,000 Tradesmen

UK mobile payments platform iZettle has teamed up with to provide tradesmen with the means to accept payments on the go. Read more


iZettle UK joins forces with, which has 30,000 registered tradesmen on its books, including plumbers, electricians, bricklayers and carpenters, is rolling out a trial. Read more


Students don’t know about Apprenticeship options, study finds has launched its own initiative — — to connect young people who are looking to learn a trade with skilled tradesmen. Read more


Budget announcement: apprenticeships

GB Plumbing and Heating’s apprentice Chris Alavi speaks about his experience learning a trade and finding work post-apprenticeship. Listen here


How to deal with life’s slipperiest characters

You don’t even have to waste time calling around, thanks to the new, free Find a Tradesman app from Rated People. Read More


Apprenticeships ‘just cheap labour’

Almost half of young people believe apprenticeships are “just a source of cheap labour”, with just a fifth thinking they will lead to careers, a survey found. Read More


Preconceived ideas mean Britain’s youth are not considering apprenticeships

The campaign generated coverage across 104 major, regional and local radio stations across the UK, including BBC Radio Merseyside. Listen this interview with Gareth Butcher, the owner of GB Plumbing & Heating, and his apprentice Chris Alavi talking about apprenticeships and Listen here


Young people are in the dark about apprenticeships

The Apprenticeships Attitude Report reveals UK youth are unaware of Apprenticeships scheme.


David Cameron wants apprenticeships to become ‘the new norm’

RatedPeople chief executive Chris Havemann said: “The UK economy is built on the backbone of skilled workmen. However, the challenge we face is attracting young people into these professions when so much emphasis is placed on university education and academia.” Read More


Young people in the dark about apprenticeships

To raise awareness of the prospects of a career in a trade as a viable avenue of employment and to tackle Britain’s growing shortage of skilled tradesmen, the trade recommendation service has today launched its own apprenticeship initiative, Read more


Uni blow as bosses back apprentices

Meanwhile, in a second poll for, 45% of youngsters see Government apprenticeship schemes as sources of “cheap labour”. Read More


Choosing a plasterer

Tristan Rees (a recommended plasterer on suggests, a plasterer should charge on average £150 per day and anything from £50-£100 per labourer. Read More


Women of influence: Fiona Fullerton

One reason I gave up acting was that I felt underestimated as a person. I moved into the property business and I’m involved with, a trade recommendation website. Read More


Launch space mission to better your home

Bigger rooms topped the list of the most important criteria when shopping for a new home, according to a survey of 2,000 homeowners by, a website putting consumers in touch with trusted tradespeople. Read More


Let in the light

“Borrowed light” windows are an old favourite to get natural light into hallways and landings. Just place a window above a doorway. Dermot Steedman, Read More


Find a tradesman

Find a Tradesman is based on the RatedPeople website, which has a database of more than 30,000 tradespeople in the UK […] with homeowners posting jobs they need doing and rating the quality of the work. Read More


Key surfaces

For more advice, visit


Ideas to steal

Dermarta, a member of, estimates it would cost £750 to fit similar cladding, including the painted finish, on a standard living-room wall. Read More


How to avoid rogue tradesmen and cowboy builders

Websites like […] require paid-for-listings and you will be able to check customer testimonials. Read More


Ground work allows customers to post their jobs and the website will find you three of its members closest to you, to give quotes; you can check their ratings from previous work and pick the one you like the best. Read More


Knocking your home into shape

Dermot Steedman, a London builder,says that removing the wall between two reception rooms in a typical three-bedroom terraced Victorian property would cost at least £2,000 […] Read More


Knocking through – it’s back in fashion

Find a reputable builder, either via a friend’s recommendation or a ratings site such as Read More


Connecting over 30,000 local tradesmen with homeowners is a trade recommendation service that connects over 30,000 quality, local tradesmen with homeowners nationwide. Read More


The younger generation really ARE ruder as study shows they are less likely to tip the postman or say hello to strangers

Liam Hamblin, of Scadbury Building Services, said “As a self-employed builder I often don’t find the time to stop for breakfast or lunch, tea is what gets me through the day.’ Read More


The young generation who won’t say hello to neighbours

Tipping is another courtesy that seems to have been lost between generations […] according to the Toluna survey of 1,000 adults for Read More


The young are ruder than ever

While 83 per cent of the over-55s surveyed said they would always give builders working in their homes a cup of tea, only half of the younger generation would do the same according to the Toluna survey of 1,000 for Read More


Ideas to steal

Adam Walker, a member of, estimates a pair of bi-fold hardwood doors would cost from £1,000 to build and £150 to fit. Read More


40 best Android apps this week

Rated People has already launched an Android app to help people “Find a Tradesman” for work around the home. This app deals with the other side of that equation: tradesmen looking for work. Read More


Property Matters, the online tradesman recommendation service has just launched a ‘find a tradesman’ app, available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Read More


Tracey Waples: Property Editor

Some 58 per cent of the respondents in’s recent questionnaire took over six months to finish off a NERD and 16 per cent of them have lived with one for over three years! Read More

 26/11/2012 launches “Find a tradesman” app

Available for both Android and iPhone,’s ‘Find a Tradesman’ app enables users to easily locate job-specific tradesmen instantly through their mobile phones. Read More


Best free apps

This app takes the hassle out of finding a reliable, affordable tradesman. Read More


Trades app

Tradesman recommendation service has announced its new tradesman comparison app. Read More


Find a tradesman

Just as our boilers crank back into action, the popular site launches this handy app. Read More


App watch: Rated People

Looking for a builder, plumber or electrician who won’t overcharge, do a sloppy job, drink all your tea or (worst of all) make you feel like an idiot for not knowing a ballcock from a bleed valve? Read More


App watch: Rated People

This app lets you search for the best tradesman near you with reviews from other customers. Infinitely preferable to DIY. Read More


30 best Android apps this week

This is definitely one of the most useful apps in this week’s line up: released by the Rated People website. Read More


The app connects homeowners with quality, local tradesmen on the go

Rated People has today announced its new tradesman comparison app. Available on both Android and iPhone platforms. Read More


Does B&Q’s Hampshire redundancies mean our love affair with DIY is over?

The poll of more than 3,200 families highlighted just how many of us embark on DIY that either goes wrong, falls apart or is never completed. Read More


Rated People

Rated People brings trades to you, so you don’t have to spend time searching for them. Read More


Official: Men better at flatpack furniture!

[…] research from has found that almost half (44%) of British adults are not able to build flat-pack furniture. Read More


Tips of the week…how to avoid cowboy builders

Sites such as […] offer an eBay-style service: you post  job, builders provide a quote, and you choose between them based on reviews by others. Read More

female first20/09/2012

Tips of the week…how to avoid cowboy builders

Sites such as […] offer an eBay-style service: you post job, builders provide a quote, and you choose between them based on reviews by others. Read More

the week20/09/2012

Tips of the week…how to avoid cowboy builders

Sites such as […] offer an eBay-style service: you post job, builders provide a quote, and you choose between them based on reviews by others. Read More

female first19/09/2012

Brits are rubbish at flat pack furniture

The research was carried out by tradespeople recommendation website, who have just put a section on their site. Read More

mail online19/09/2012

How flat-pack furniture has left us scratching our heads and most of us would pay for someone to build it for us

Tariq Dag Khan, of, said “More and more people are coming to us for help building flat pack furniture, so it seemed sensible to offer this as a new category in itself on the website, to match our customers with the right tradesman.” Read More

red online11/09/2012

Chill out in these cool minimal kitchens

A skilled craftsman could achieve an effect like this – use Rated People to find one locally. Read More

red online11/09/2012

Divine staircases to lift your home

Try Rated People for a local, recommended tradesman. Read More

female first03/09/2012

How to improve your home (and save money)

Rated People’s ambassador Phil Spencer says: “Although kerb appeal probably won’t add value to your home it will make it – and probably your neighbours’ properties – more saleable […].” Read More

your home07/09/2012

Expert home improvement advice

Jonnie Irwin from, says: “Home improvement shouldn’t just be considered in terms of re-sale value […].” Read More

the sun05/09/2012

To-let or not To-let, that is the question for renters

Trade recommendation service, who conducted the study into renter’s habits, found that while people were conscientious about cleanliness when choosing a home, standards dropped once they moved in. Read More

the guardian01/09/2012

From the home front

61%. The percentage of British families living with unfinished DIY projects in their homes. Read More

ideal home01/09/2012

Hire and fire home helpers

Find a reliable tradesman at Post what work you require, get quotes sent to you and read ratings from past customers. Read More

womans weekly29/08/2012

So little space, so much room

If you’re not a confident DIYer, consider booking a tradesman to fit your cupboard – we used Liam Hamblin, a member of, for our construction work. Read More

this is money28/08/2012

DI When? 14m families are living with unfinished improvements…and some put up with it for longer than three years

The most common involve kitchens and bathrooms, according to the poll by, the online trade recommendation service. Read More

mail online28/8/2012

DI When? 14m families are living with unfinished improvements…and some put up with it for longer than three years

The most common involve kitchens and bathrooms, according to the poll by, the online trade recommendation service. Read More


Families ‘fall out’ over unfinished DIY

As many as 14 million homes go up to four years with various jobs still waiting to be done, claimed tradesmen’s website Read More

the scotsman28/08/2012

Families ‘fall out’ over unfinished DIY

As many as 14 million homes go up to four years with various jobs still waiting to be done, claimed tradesmen’s website Read More

daily mail28/08/2012

14m families are living with unfinished DIY

Phil Spencer, the property guru and an ambassador for, said Never Ending Renovation Dramas were ‘something that I witness far too frequently. Read More

the sun28/08/2012

DIY way to a row

The study, carried out by tradesmen’s website, nicknamed the situation NERD – Never Ending Renovation Drama. Read More

kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms23/08/2012

Power struggle is on hand with top tips for reducing energy usage and wastage in the home. Read More


Website of the month

( aims to connect homeowners with the best local tradesman. Homeowners post requests for free and receive quotes from up to three interested tradesmen. Read More

house & garden16/08/2012

Webwatch: finding a tradesman provides an online version of the word-of-mouth- recommendation, providing a database of tradesmen who have been rated by customers. Read More


Finding the perfect location

Here, [Phil] Spencer, an ambassador from, Britain’s leading online trade recommendation service, talks pongy drains and how to get your house just right for sale. Read More

the sun14/08/2012

Captain Crunch

uilding an extension, installing a new bathroom and replacing a worn-out kitchen are three most common home improvement jobs people are putting off because of the recession, according to research by trade recommendation site Read More

ideal home10/08/2012

Find a reliable tradesman This site connects over 25,000 homeowners a month with a variety of different tradesmen. Read More

what mortgage07/08/2012

Find a reliable tradesman

The financial crisis has forced people to dip into their savings in order to carry out essential home repairs, according to online trade recommendation site Read More


40 fabulous rooms 2012

Log on to to find a tradesperson to clad a chimney breast like this. Read More

the sunday times05/08/2012

Where are all the builders?

You can post your job online at […]. Interested tradesmen will then quote via the website; you can choose based on reviews by others. Read More

sunday mirror05/08/2012

Pound notes

Four out of 10 people have delayed home improvement work as a result of the current economic situation, according to a survey by the website Read More


Home improvement jobs put off due to recession

Tariq Dag Khan,, said “The financial crisis has clearly impacted the ability of homeowners to undertake work on their home, we’ve seen that many homeowners have delayed extensive work until they can better afford it.” Read More

womans weekly24/07/2012

The secret to getting great floorboards

Flooring expert Anthony Hutton from A.M. Decor, a member of, advises the following […] Read More

the guardian25/07/2012

Johnson, Clegg and Cable admit paying tradesmen cash in hand

Tariq Dag Khan, of the tradesman website Rated People, said: “David Gauke’s comments that it is morally wrong to pay tradesmen in cash do little to help tradesmen who are struggling in a difficult economic climate.” Read More

the times25/07/2012

Of course I pay cash for odd jobs, says Boris

Tariq Dag Khan, from the tradesmen recommendation website Rated People, said that Mr Gauke’s comments would do little to help tradesmen who were struggling in a difficult economic climate. Read More

the shields gazette19/06/2012

Craig seals gap in bathrooms market

We have recently joined a website called and are headed towards doubling our turnover in the next few months, and intend to take on one or two apprentices in the future. Read More


Ideas to Steal

ouchwood Carpenters, member of, estimates reclaimed pine floorboards to over 10 sq m would cost around £450 and a further £400 to install. Read More


The green, green fake grass of home

A new survey by trade recommendation service that revealed that neighbours who Astroturf the garden are a source of annoyance to the average homeowner. Read More


The green, green fake grass of home

A new survey by trade recommendation service that revealed that neighbours who Astroturf the garden are a source of annoyance to the average homeowner. Read More


Avoiding the Cowboys

Rather than moving to find those covetable extra metres, homeowners can add space and save money by improving upon their existing living area. Here’s top tips for finding the right tradesman for you. Read More

bussiness matters18/06/2012

Getting to Know You: Tariq Dag Khan of

My current role is as the Chief Marketing Officer for, a first-mover in commercializing word-of-mouth in the home improvement and repair industry. Read More

daily mail14/06/2012

Why we get upset if next door’s garden is a jungle

A total of 2.390 homeowners were questioned by online trade recommendation service and researchers found that 55 per cent judged their neighbours by the state of their garden. Read More

daily mirror14/06/2012

A haughty cultural lot

Half-finished decking and toys are also met with frowns over the fence, said. Read More

spectator newspapers14/06/2012

Politician voted ‘least trusted’ profession

The RatedPeople Trust Index calculated four different attributes, has revealed politicians are the least trusted profession in the UK. Read More

the gazette01/06/2012

Clubs make a splash at the Duel in the Pool

BSCSC are sponsored by Rated People who took the opportunity to film some of the night’s racing for use in an internet blog, and interviewed several of the swimmers to get their views and experiences. Read More

amateur gardening02/06/2012

We’re keeping up appearances!

Over 2,930 UK homeowners were quizzed by Researchers found that 55 per cent of respondents judged their neighbours by the state of their garden. Read More

living etc01/06/2012

Ideas to Steal

Depending on your current banister, Dermot of Dermarta, a member of, could supply and fit 20 decorative Victorian balusters from £330. Read More

real homes01/06/2012

Find a reliable builder

Websites like […] […] let customers give feedback on tradespeople they have hired. You can also post your job details and receive up to three quotes before choosing from highly rated tradespeople. Read More

express fm 93.729/05/2012

Gardens in the battle for social status

Our ‘Plant it’ ambassador Toby Buckland was interviewed by radio stations accross the country, including: BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, Kestral FM and Express FM. Read More

western daily press28/05/2012

After fame and fear, low-key life suits Fiona fine

[Fiona] Fullerton has written three books on property and offers regular advice on home improvement and suggested projects on, the online tradesmen recommendation service. Read More

sunday sun27/05/2012

Showbiz was not for me

“It’s a brilliant free service for homeowners and a great way to find recommended professionals who are ideal for your job” [Fiona Fullerton on]. Read More

goal com26/05/2012

Premier League footballers among least trusted people in UK

In a recent survey carried out by the RatedPeople Trust Index it was revealed that the British public have little or no faith in players they pay to watch every weekend. Read More

female first25/05/2012

Gardens in the battle for social status

Our outside spaces are the new frontline in the battle to keep up with the Joneses, research by has found. Read More

female first25/05/2012

Gardening tips from Tony Buckland

A survey has just revealed that 55 per cent of Brits think negatively of their neighbours who don’t take care of their gardens, so we’ve got tips from Toby to make sure that your garden is kept in great shape. Read More

frost magazine02/05/2012

Politicians ‘Least Trusted Profession in UK’

Electricians were named as the tradesmen that provide the best quality of work (50% rated the quality of electricians’ work as good or very good). Read More

at home01/05/2012

Don’t move improve

Brits could save a whooping £56,122 by improving their home rather than moving according to research by Rated People. Read More

kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms01/05/2012

Fitting in

SourceBook: Rated People. Read More

beautiful kitchens01/05/2012

Fast Facts

One in six homeowners in the UK think their room sizes are too small, with larger living spaces topping the list of the most important criteria if they were to move house. Read More


Need a plumber or tradesman?

A personal recommendaton will always be best, but it’s not always possible. Happily, there are websites to help you from being ripped off. […] is simple to use. Read More

living etc01/05/2012

Ideas to Steal

Decorator Lloyd Admar, a member of, says he could create stripes like these, using a marker pen and a spirit or laser level. Read More

the huffington post30/04/2012

Politicians Least Trusted Profession In UK, According To Survey

A survey conducted by YouGov for, assessed a range of professions on four criteria: value for money, honesty, reliability and quality of work. Read More

the economic choice30/04/2012

Politicians and bad manners

Out of the professions teachers came out as the most trusted and gardeners were rated as the most trustworthy of the tradesmen. Read More

pr week27/04/2012 hires Diffusion for consumer brief

Diffusion has been hired to handle the consumer PR for the company which is currently the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service. The agency will focus on introducing as the place to find trusted, quality, local tradesmen for a range of home improvement jobs. Read More


Are you untrustworthy?

What is the number one reason for earning someone’s mistrust? According to a new report by, actions speak louder than words… Read More

short list24/04/2012

Brits trust teachers the most

A recent survey quizzed over 2,000 Brits to find out their thoughts on various jobs for They ranked professions on four different criteria: value for money, honesty, reliability and quality of work. Read More

south wales guardian11/04/2012

Top energy-saving tips to help you save money

Tariq Dag Khan,’s chief marketing officer, comments “Our winter-proofing tips are simple and effective ideas that won’t break the bank”. Read More

daily express05/04/2012

‘Hickey’ section

In a YouGov poll for Rated People, an online recommendation service for tradesmen, the public were asked to rank celebrities they would trust to organise a DIY task. Read More

about proprety04/04/2012

Lord Sugar’s DIY skills top of the pile

Lord Sugar has been named the country’s go to celebrity on home improvement, piping the likes of Phil Spencer to the title. Read More

house fixer04/04/2012

Lord Alan Sugar heads home improvement dream team

The savvy businessman topped the survey conducted by with most people choosing Sugar to complete their home improvement task. Read More

evening standard04/04/2012

By all means indulge your instincts for DIY but take care or it’ll cost you

“After months of freezing temperatures, chances are that your roof and gutters might have taken a hit from rain, snow, frost and wind,” says Tariq Dag Khan of tradesmen recommendation site Read More

evening standard03/04/2012

On the Money: By all means indulge your instincts for DIY but take care or it’ll cost you

“After months of freezing temperatures, chances are that your roof and gutters might have taken a hit from rain, snow, frost and wind,” says Tariq Dag Khan of tradesman recommendation site “Ensure that no tiles have been dislodged, and that the gutters are intact.” Read More

lancashire evening post30/03/2012

Holiday approaching…time for some DIY… but is it worth it?

Jonnie Irwin, speaking for tradesman recommendation site, said the website’s own research found that one in six homeowners is dissatisfied with the size of the rooms in their home. Read More

consumer choices29/03/2012

Brits home improvements won’t improve house prices

“Home improvements shouldn’t just be considered in terms of resale value,” said Jonnie Irwin, spokesman for tradesperson recommendation service Read More


How much can home improvements add to your property?

Jonnie Irwin, spokesperson for online trade recommendation service, says: “A well-executed project, such as a loft conversion or extension, will almost always add value to your home. Read More

about proprety28/03/2012

Owners warned: think before you improve

Jonnie Irwin, brand ambassador for, said: “Home improvements shouldn’t just be considered in terms of resale value; the addition of an extension or conversion is, for many, a more viable financial and lifestyle choice than moving house. Read More


Gardens in the battle for social status

Our outside spaces are the new frontline in the battle to keep up with the Joneses, research by has found. Read More


Gardens in the battle for social status

55 per cent of Brits think negatively of their neighbours who don’t have a well-maintained garden, with 12 per cent admitting that they’re embarrassed about the state of their own garden.

marketing week13/03/2012 doubles marketing spend is doubling its marketing budget this year as it looks to attract more of the 15 million UK homeowners to its tradesmen database.

times local09/03/2012

Property news

Brits could save as much as £56,122 by improving their home rather than moving, according to Read More

times local09/03/2012

Improve, don’t move if you’re unhappy with room sizes

[…] RatedPeople notes that a three-bedroom house costs typically 31 per cent more than a two-bed home. Read More

times local09/03/2012

Improve, don’t move if you’re unhappy with room sizes

[…] […] states that one in six homeowners are desperate for more space as they complain their rooms are too small. Read More


Top tips for saving money in the home has some top tips for reducing energy usage and wastage in the home. Read More

financial times08/03/2012

Funding drought at mid-stage for techs

Frog has funded businesses such as Rated People, the website for tradesmen, and Ecomera, which provides software to online retailers. Read More

red online07/03/2012

Why we all want more space found that the number one thing we want is more space, and bigger rooms were the most important criteria if they were to take the plunge and move. Read More


1 in 6 homeowners not satisfied with room sizes

After years of hearing that it’s all about location, location, location, research from Rated has shown today that UK homeowners are now crying out for more space in their homes. Read More

my introducer02/03/2012

Brits encouraged to improve, not move encourage Brits to improve, not move as Brits turn their backs on new builds. Read More


Move vs improve: one is £56,122 cheaper

The research, by Rated People, came down firmly on the side of improving rather than moving. Of course as a site dedicated to finding tradespeople that’s not a huge shock, but the figures speak for themselves. Read More

beautiful kitchens01/03/2012

Expert advice Q&A

Finding a builder you can trust in a new area can be a challenge. […] there are lots of websites where you can enter details about the type of job you need doing., for example, works by previous customers leaving feedback for the service they’ve received. Read More

homes & garden01/03/2012

Looking for a plasterer or electrician? This website can put you in touch with a reputable tradesman. Read More

living etc01/03/2012

Ideas to steal

You might also need to reroute electric and pipes. Lloyd Admar, listed on, could strip, reroute and make good an average plasterboarded ceiling from £1,500… Read More

ideal home01/03/2012

Find a dream team to create your home

Ask local friends for recommendations or use trusted sites such as […] Read More

ideal home01/03/2012

Redesign your garden

Expect to pay from around £10 an hour for a gardener – try for quotations. Read More

shrophshire star29/02/2012

Doing your homework to get the job done well

You can find reputable tradesmen on online trade recommendations sites such as The benefit with such online communities, is that homeowners have posted reviews of their genuine experiences with tradesmen. Read More

express fm 93.724/02/2012

Improve, don’t move

The survey was made by Rated People, they’re a trade recommendation service and you basically go on the internet […] and you can find out about customer ratings and tradespeople near you. Read More

news on the block23/02/2012

TV’s Toby Buckland teams up with joined forces with the highly-regarded gardening expert, TV presenter and author, Toby Buckland. Read More


Bookmark these websites! is an online and mobile service that connects homeowners with tradesmen. Simply post the jobs you have going and up to three tradesmen will contact you for quotes. Read More

creative boom18/01/2012

the7stars launches first national ad campaign for

The campaign, which was planned and bought by the7stars and created by VCCP, covers TV, radio, press and online and follows a rebrand of the service in 2011. Read More

the drum17/01/2012 builds new advert with the7stars and VCCP, which connects the public to local tradesmen, has launched a £2m new national advertising campaign. Read More


RatedPeople hires Spencer

The campaign, created by VCCP, features the voice of the property guru Phil Spencer, who has become the brand’s celebrity ambassador. Read More

kitchen designer11/01/2012

Phil Spencer joins as their new property expert, the leading online matchmaker for homeowners and tradesmen, has announced Phil Spencer, property guru and one of TV’s favourite faces, as a brand ambassador for 2012. Read More

1st choice11/01/2012

Autumn is ‘important time for gardens’

According to, the recommendation website for tradespeople like gardeners and garden designers, autumn is the best time of year to seed a new lawn. Read More

kbb london09/01/2012

Phil Spencer joins Ratedpeople.Com as its new property expert, a leading online matchmaker for homeowners and tradesmen, has appointed Phil Spencer, of Channel 4’s “Location. Location. Location.” fame, as a brand ambassador for 2012. Read More


Toby Buckland joins up with to help your garden grow

Throughout the year, and gardening guru Toby will be showing you how to maximise your outside space in an easy to manage way!Read More


Phil Spencer joins as their new property expert

Throughout 2012, Phil will advise first time buyers, existing homeowners, and those with big plans for their property. Read More

d media06/01/2012 recruits Phil Spencer for first national TV ad

The online recommendation service for tradespeople, is rolling out its first national TV campaign, featuring a voiceover by property guru Phil Spencer. Read More

campaign06/01/2012 recruits Phil Spencer for first national TV ad

The campaign created by VCCP features a voiceover from Spencer, who has become the brand’s new celebrity ambassador. The TV ad will be supported by radio, print and online activity. Read More

brand republic06/01/2012 recruits Phil Spencer for first national TV ad

Spencer will work with to lend his expert opinion to those looking to buy, sell or add value to their property. He will also contribute regular guest posts and interviews on the blog, offering his advice to’s homeowners. Read More

living etc03/01/2012

Children’s Rooms: project planning

Get the look: Find a local tradesperson to build a similar bed at

your garden03/01/2012

New Year, new garden

This is the key season to consider transforming your garden, expains Toby Buckland as he teams up with Finding the right landscaper could be easier than you think… Read More

ideal home03/01/2012

Wallpapers, paints and DIY

Leave details of the job you want done and… The tradesman really do live and die by their reputation! Read More