Monday, 14 April 2008

Get your customers to post a testimonial if you are that good!!

Here is a challenge to all you van and man operations.

You say you keep your clients happy.

Are your clients happy enough with you to post a testimonials?

If they are get them to post it to

Just remember that the psotings are robustly checked and if we find you have been trying to post a fake ...
.. well visit and read the postings abut GOOD BOOKS and DISCOUNT PLUMBING.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Oakcat Group

If you are considering undertaking some sort of building work, wehether in the UK or France, it might help you to take a look at the adverse report about this company posted on www. The They are listed under builders.
If you have any thing to say about any company good or bad, large or small put a report on

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Is you accountant, solicitor or financial advisor ripping you off?

There are as many rogues out there with white collars as blue.

A plumber may flood your house.
An electrician may give you a shock (it may kill you but at least the family get the insurance!)
Accountants, solicitors and financial advisers can make you wish that you had been electrocuted.

A life that is financially wrecked will destroy your peace of mind. Can alienate your family. Bring on alchoholism, drug abuse or suicide.

With everyone reporting to their experiences of professionals and tradesman we can make life difficult for the rogues and incompetents.

Get your report in now: report the bad they need to be driven out of busienss and very importantly cpass on compliments about the good.

Get it done now before you forget!

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Overcoming public apathy

Are we in the UK too polite to complain?

Chatting to my mate Jeremy, he lurches off on a tirade about a company called BIP Solutions from Glasgow. They apparently promise to supply qualified lists of contacts who are placing procurement contracts.

The thing with BIP is that they seem to indulge in shady marketing and advertising ploys to get companies to unwittingly sign up for their services.

The potential customer thinks he is getting a free trial and without reading ticks the terms and conditions box. This actually commits the signer to significant expense.

But to my point, Jeremy is really but really annoyed that he has received a threat of court action if he does not settle a bill of 900.00. He consdiered settling it, just to avoid the waste of time fighting it.

Jeremy has now made a posting about BIP on and has decided, after some persuasion, to put up a fight. Like the banks with their overcharging, many large firms think that they can use their apparent muscle to bully people into paying up on unjustified bills.

We are all customers, by reporting companies who try to bully us to we can make life that little bit more difficult.

Compliments, and complaints are equally important. We need to know who is trustworthy and deserves support and who are the rogues.

If we don't compliment and complain, who have we to blame but ourselves when the cheats prosper and the honest guys disappear?

Friday, 18 May 2007

Put your opinions online is a great place to put feedback on ANY business/ trade/ professional. Whether it a man and van service or a lawyer. The great thing is even if it is just a one man band operating on a mobile phone you can post a complaint or a compliment.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

London is awash with men with vans

This blog is to help people avoid the hassles i had when I moved using a van and man service I found on Gumtree. Cheap removal can is attractive but here is a cautionary tale.

My own stupid fault. I was pushed for time and didn't have that much to move.

Saturday afternoon along comes this ex-post office red van with acouple of guys. Give them credit their efficiency was contrary to the first impression they gave.

Everything was treated with care. I jumped a cab and went to the new address to meet them. An hour later they had not appeared. The phone number I had went straight through to voice mail.

3 hours later I contacted the Police but without a name (other than Viktor and he was Polish I think) I had nothing to give to them in the way of information to help track them down.

The Policeman then told me I had been had in one the fastest growing scams in the capital. In the space of an hour they had loaded and disappeared with about £8k worth my worldly possessions.

2 days later i went and bought a replacement armchair. this time I went for a company who seems to be well established - They turned up pretty well on time and charged me a reasonable price.

A week later I went shopping again to replace my plasma. This time taxivans were not available so I booked with they never turned up and I was stuck with a 42" plasma and no way of getting it home. So I took it back into the store and got picked up the following day by Icanhire who wer about 30 minutes late but at least they turned up and did'nt steal my stuff.

So the lesson I learnt was

Via Gumtree van and men very dodgy - don''t know if they are dodgy or not but they let me down turned up and on the whole gave me good service at a reasonable price.

So send your experiences and lets get rid of the ***** who are either crooks or unreliable.