A new online review platform has been launched to tradespeople and their customers to tackle the scourge of bad workmanship, late payments and bad debtors that cost the UK billions of pounds every year.
The platform, recommendandshare.com, aims to create an environment of proper transparency, honesty and accountability for businesses and consumers everywhere by focusing on building relationships, rather than just leads.
Users create free business or consumer profiles, where they can leave recommendations for either side following their experiences.
Founder of the service, Garry Lewis, is himself a tradesperson with 30 years’ experience in the industry. He was inspired to launch the site after his experiences with dishonest people, businesses and banks almost cost him everything he had worked for.
He now hopes this open, transparent and not-for-profit approach will show each side that the other’s intentions are genuine and honourable from the outset.
Lewis commented, “We’re giving businesses and consumers a voice to make everybody accountable for their actions. This is about relationships and not leads. Other review sites are built to make money out of the trade through subscription fees or by charging for leads that in a majority of cases don’t turn into jobs and leave the tradespeople out of pocket. We want to change things for the better for tradespeople and the public, giving both sides the peace of mind and reassurance they need before committing to each other.”
Recommend & Share is not-for-profit and is free to use for businesses and consumers.