Kevin Byrne

Kevin Byrne

Checkatrade

Kevin-Byrne-headshot-MVK-PROFILEKevin Byrne wants to make rogue tradespeople a thing of the past.

The company he founded, Checkatrade, is a free service that specialises in screening and monitoring trade and service providers. It gives consumers access to a directory of over 21,000 tradespeople, pre-vetted through a system that includes qualification and insurance verification. The company then monitors their work on an ongoing basis using feedback from customers.

From a spare bedroom and a single telephone, Kevin has built the business into one of the UK’s leading brands, which today employs more than 200 people. Checkatrade’s efforts in combating rogue trade in the UK were given a royal seal of approval when, in 2014, the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The company also has a dedicated charitable arm, the Checkatrade Foundation, set up to support those in desperate need in the UK and abroad. In one instance, Kevin ran 12 marathons in 12 months to help the foundation complete a £300,000 building project for a school for mentally challenged pupils. For the same project, he took part in the ice bucket challenge, allowing employees to throw freezing water over him.

In 2014 and 2015, Checkatrade was in the Sunday Times Top 100 Small Businesses to Work For, based on the high ratings employees gave on leadership, personal growth opportunities, wellbeing and giving back to the community.

By combining the intelligence of Trading Standards and 18 years of award-winning service, Checkatrade may close the door on rogue tradesmen for good.

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