Checkatrade has announced initiatives designed to support its trade members during lockdown.
It has promoted a new video calling function on its website, enabling tradespeople and potential clients to more easily ‘meet’, discuss jobs and obtain quotes.
Checkatrade has also partnered with Claritas Tax, an accountancy firm specialising in tax advisory and compliance services, to offer trade members practical advice on accessing the financial support. The guidance, available on the Checkatrade blog, covers three main areas of help for the self-employed, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and VAT deferment.
Checkatrade is offering its members financial support and new affiliate packages for the duration of lockdown, the company added.
Mike Fairman, CEO at Checkatrade, said: “Our members work across a broad spectrum of industries. For some it’s business as usual, for others their pipeline of work has collapsed overnight, leading to huge financial uncertainty and untold stress. We’re committed to doing all we can to support them. With our members ranging from sole traders through to limited companies, it’s important that everyone has access to the best tools and sound advice so that risks are minimised and opportunities maximised.”