About us

Recommending tradespeople since 1998.

It all started in 1998 when a tornado struck the tiny seaside town of Selsey in West Sussex.

Rogue tradespeople flooded the town, to do bodge jobs and rip off the locals. So, we started a directory of local tradespeople who we’d personally met and checked.

We’ve never lost that simple dream to help our local communities. From those humble beginnings, Checkatrade is now the UK’s biggest and most famous trade directory. We want that to continue.