The scheme, which has more than 1,000 members, was set up to help Derbyshire residents find honest and reliable traders who commit to doing a good job for a fair price, and to protect older and vulnerable adults by making it easier for them to avoid falling foul of rogue traders.
Members of the scheme pay a yearly fee of either £75 if they are sole traders or social enterprises or £110 for all other businesses.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus we made the decision to waive fees to the scheme for all current members for 12 months.
Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“We know this is an anxious time for many businesses and sole traders and we are working hard to support them however we can.
“We greatly value our Trusted Trader members and one way we can help them is by waiving the fees to the scheme for the next 12 months.
“We realise that in some cases this may not make a huge difference to their finances, but I’m sure they could all do without any added expense at this time.
“We will be contacting all our Trusted Trader members in the next few days to let them know about this change.”
Councillor Hart added that there is a lot of advice and support for businesses and traders during this time.
Local district and borough councils also have information about help and support for businesses.