Our Memberships

 
 
Why Choose a Hampshire County Council Approved Member?

Rip-offs, scams, cowboy tradesmen – consumers are right to be wary when buying goods or services. Can you ever trust a double glazing salesman? Can you buy a second-hand car with confidence?

The answer to these questions is "yes" thanks to the Buy With Confidence scheme.

Following a strict vetting procedure, Snowdrop became an approved member of the Hampshire County Council - Buy With Confidence scheme in July 2006.

For years Trading Standards Services across the country had been unable to tell the public who to avoid and who they should go to when buying goods or services. For this reason, Buy With Confidence has become the scheme of choice, and it is one of the few in the country to cover all types of businesses.

The scheme was a Hampshire County Council initiative and was launched in 1999, with the aim of promoting and supporting the good, reliable tradesmen and retailers across the county. It has now grown to over 350 members, increasing consumer protection by providing a list of approved traders.

Member businesses, such as Snowdrop, have been independently checked by staff from the County Council’s Trading Standards Service for compliance with the letter and spirit of the law.

References are randomly picked during an audit visit and Criminal Record Bureau disclosures (administered by the Scottish Criminal Record Office) are required from those businesses that work in or around consumers’ homes.

Only if businesses pass all of these annual stringent checks, can they join the scheme and use the prestigious Buy With Confidence Logo.

 
Membership of The Gardeners Guild 
 
Snowdrop were elected to The Gardeners Guild in 2010. The application procedure for membership involves a strict vetting process by a Council of Management, aimed at excluding the unskilled.

The Gardeners Guild is the UK's leading trade network for qualified domestic gardeners – those dedicated to gardening as their career.

Membership is only available to qualified gardeners, ensuring that membership of The Gardeners Guild really does distinguish career gardeners from casual workers and establishes a clear division between qualified gardeners and amateur labourers. This widely benefits the consumer by allowing them to recognise the high value of a qualified gardener and the false economy of an amateur labourer.

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