'Captain fantastic' Chris Joynt fronts 'honest tradesman' campaign

St Helens Star: Great reputation….Chris Joynt (centre) with (left to right) Saints general manager Mike Rush; Nicola Donovan, consumer protection officer; Councillor Richard McCauley, and Darrell Wilson, chief trading standards officer. Great reputation….Chris Joynt (centre) with (left to right) Saints general manager Mike Rush; Nicola Donovan, consumer protection officer; Councillor Richard McCauley, and Darrell Wilson, chief trading standards officer.

ONE of Saints’ greatest skippers of the modern era is putting his leadership skills to use by fronting a campaign to promote honest tradesman.

Chris Joynt, co-owner of Sure Fire Heating and Maintenance Ltd, based on Merton Bank Road, is backing a drive that calls on local workmen to sign up to St Helens Council's Trader Register.

It aims to put residents in touch with traders who are committed to treating customers fairly and honestly.

Consumers can rate and comment on the standard of work they have received.

Chris, 40, who enjoyed a glorious career at Saints, is encouraging builders, gardeners, plumbers, painters and other traders to sign-up and utilise the free service.

He said: “Word of mouth is always the best recommendation and the register is a great showcase for those companies that go the extra mile to keep customers happy.

“People using the register can have confidence in the traders listed and see exactly what other people have had to say about them.”

Councillor Richard McCauley said the recruitment drive coincides with National Consumer Week, which highlights the dangers of using doorstep traders, who may not be genuine.

To register as trader, or to find a registered business, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/traderregister.

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