Trade associations

Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by Paul, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. Paul

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    Is any of you part of any trade associations of any type?
     
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  2. Paul

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    I'll take that as a no lol
     
  3. Masons

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    I was once in the FWC or something but no point for last few years, thinking may join another, don't know who to choose.
    Yourself?
     
  4. Matty H

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    I'm a member of the BWCA :)

    http://www.bwca.co.uk/directory2.php?expand=644
     
  5. Paul

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    No but I would like to, maby something local but like yoursel I don't know who to choose or even where to look. [hr]
    What do you need Marty to be part of BWCA ?
     
  6. Matty H

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    I think you need to go on the bwca course to achieve membership. It was £125 for window cleaning skills and WFP course mate
     
  7. Masons

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    ^ What have you gained from being a member?
     
  8. Matty H

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    When I was canvassing for commercial work at the start I was asked by some of the businesses if I was "qualified" - which to be honest did surprise me. Being a member certainly helped me get the contracts with some of these jobs. It also meant they felt I was more of a professional set up. After all, of they were after a plumber or electrician for example, they would ask the same question.

    It probably hasn't made any difference as far as residential work goes - but having the membership gave me the start I needed as a new business. It might not be for everybody but I'm glad I did it.

    I know a windy of 10yrs service who used to do my house before I started and he has no commercial work and has tried no end to get the work - however;

    He doesn't have a sign written van
    He works in jeans trainers and a waterproof jacket - no company name or logos
    He is always complaining that he can't get any commercial work and I saw him about a month ago and pointed to my van and logo on my polo shirt. He just doesn't think it matters. The proof is in the pudding.
     
  9. Belfastcleaning

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    I love my Nike air max, most comfortable trainer for walking about with ladders all day! Also wear tracksuit bottoms and a navy coat. When the hot weather comes I'm planning on getting a few polos and jumpers made, and maybe a branded coat for canvassing, but as 99% of my work is residential they don't mind.

    I was going to wait til I got a new van until I got it sign written, just my van is ex postie, anyone else have a red van?
     
  10. Paul

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    There must be more than that because I defo would not be going to do a window cleaning course.
     
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