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The UK Areas With The Most Trusted Traders

Date Published: 23rd March 2022

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Author: Robyn

The UK Areas With The Most Trusted Traders

The Uk Areas With The Most Trusted Traders
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Portsmouth 110,835 9.827
2 Brighton And Hove 91,768 9.819
3 Aberdeen 255 9.810
4 Southampton 118,030 9.806
5 Bournemouth 66,508 9.804
6 Poole 46,712 9.800
7 Reading 123,257 9.794
8 Belfast 157 9.788
9 Norwich 5,590 9.783
10 Glasgow 5,900 9.781
11 Slough 143,572 9.780
12 Northampton 22,733 9.766
13 Swindon 36,025 9.762
14 Oxford 50,790 9.760
15 Peterborough 12,727 9.757
16 Plymouth 3,890 9.756
17 Luton 82,145 9.754
18 Wolverhampton 30,746 9.753
18 Ipswich 14,372 9.753
20 London 178,324 9.752
20 Stoke-On-Trent 17,561 9.752
22 Southend-On-Sea 58,252 9.750
23 Milton Keynes 46,434 9.746
23 Manchester 27,211 9.746
25 Warrington 22,762 9.742
26 Bradford 13,087 9.737
27 Telford 15,198 9.735
27 Swansea 4,560 9.735
27 Bristol 23,619 9.735
30 Bolton 19,947 9.733
31 Sunderland 26,925 9.727
32 Leicester 21,822 9.723
33 Newcastle Upon Tyne 38,153 9.721
34 Cambridge 18,869 9.717
35 Birmingham 28,145 9.713
36 Liverpool 17,098 9.712
37 Huddersfield 19,404 9.710
38 Kingston Upon Hull 4,921 9.702
39 Coventry 30,836 9.698
39 Gloucester 19,709 9.698
41 Derby 20,808 9.690
42 Cardiff 7,957 9.681
43 Nottingham 19,176 9.675
44 Middlesbrough 19,270 9.655
45 York 10,961 9.642
46 Dundee 1,010 9.641
47 Leeds 21,746 9.635
48 Sheffield 20,429 9.633
49 Blackpool 7,378 9.525
50 Edinburgh 5,141 9.408

When we need work carried out on our homes, we often look to the professionals to make sure that it is done right. Whether we need boiler repairs or we're looking to build an extension, there are certain things that we just can't DIY, or at least we shouldn't!

Finding and hiring tradesmen and women can be a daunting task, especially when trying to balance a budget with the quality of work. Not only this, but we often need to invite these professionals into our home so they can carry out the necessary work, so it's important to find someone who is trustworthy, competent, and reliable.

At Buildworld, we understand just how important it is to be able to trust that the work will be a job well done and won't take you way over budget on the project you have. This is why we wanted to find out where in the country has the most trusted traders and which trades receive the highest reviews from customers.

We used Checkatrade to find out how highly customers reviewed the tradespeople they came into contact with, looking at the cities with the best reviews to find out where you can find the most trusted traders.


The Cities With The Most Trusted Traders

The Cities With The Most Trusted Traders

Overall, we looked at five different types of trades within 50 cities across the UK, taking an average of the scores given to each company or tradesperson in each location and trade type.

So where can you find the most trusted traders?

1. Portsmouth - 9.83 average score

The port city on the south coast of England tops our list with an impressive average score of 9.83 out of 10. This suggests that Portsmouth-based customers are extremely happy with the work carried out by traders overall. With a total of 110,835 reviews given to tradespeople in the city, there is plenty of work being done to a high standard. Plasterers are the highest-rated traders in the city with an average score of 9.87.

2. Brighton and Hove - 9.82 average score

Staying on the south coast, Brighton and Hove take a close second with an average score of 9.82 out of 10. Plasterers take the highest rating in the area, with an average score of 9.87.

3. Aberdeen - 9.81 average score

Travelling to the other end of the UK, Aberdeen rounds out the top three with an average score of 9.81 out of 10. With an impressive average score of 9.96, plumbers are the highest rated tradespeople in the Scottish city.


The Most Trusted Trades

The Most Trusted Trades

While there are a huge number of trades and specialties within the industry, we looked at just five of the most common trades, but which of these received the highest reviews on average?

1. Electrician - 9.82 average score

2. Plasterer - 9.80 average score

3. Plumber - 9.73 average score

3. Roofer - 9.72 average score

3. Builder - 9.55 average score


The Cities With The Most Trusted Builders

The Cities With The Most Trusted Builders
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Norwich 1,187 9.822
2 Peterborough 654 9.799
3 Portsmouth 17,059 9.768
4 Brighton And Hove 30,114 9.766
5 Oxford 4,287 9.765
6 Leicester 1,979 9.761
7 Reading 19,339 9.760
7 Southend-On-Sea 8,357 9.760
9 Milton Keynes 4,053 9.751
10 Northampton 3,047 9.741
11 Southampton 18,374 9.735
11 lpswich 1,968 9.735
13 Slough 20,268 9.713
14 Cambridge 1,164 9.704
15 Swindon 3,052 9.701
16 Swansea 541 9.698
17 Manchester 3,566 9.688
18 Plymouth 717 9.686
18 Bournemouth 9,666 9.686
20 Luton 11,704 9.679

If you're located in one of these cities, you're in luck the next time you need to enlist the services of a builder as they have the highest average ratings across the country.

1. Norwich - 9.82 average score

With an average score of 9.82 out of 10, Norwich is home to the most trusted builders whose work is clearly of such a high standard to garner such great reviews from customers.

2. Peterborough - 9.80 average score

As the city with the most trusted traders, it's no surprise that Peterborough features in the top three again. In fact, when looking at the 28 building companies within the area, we discovered that seven of them received an average score of 10 out of 10.

3. Portsmouth - 9.77 average score

According to Checkatrade, Portsmouth has 328 building companies listed which have received an accumulated total of 17,059 reviews with a fantastic average score of 9.77 out of 10.


The Cities With The Most Trusted Roofers

The Cities With The Most Trusted Roofers
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Aberdeen 150 9.870
2 Swansea 1,173 9.859
3 lpswich 2,364 9.850
4 Northampton 7,265 9.809
5 Portsmouth 30,791 9.806
6 Peterborough 4,284 9.805
7 Stoke-On-Trent 8,420 9.803
8 Reading 28,577 9.800
9 Bournemouth 16,955 9.780
10 Telford 5,703 9.778
11 Southampton 28,681 9.777
12 Slough 27,677 9.776
13 Norwich 588 9.773
14 Leicester 8,150 9.768
15 Edinburgh 1,320 9.762
16 Nottingham 7,535 9.756
17 Kingston Upon Hull 1,895 9.753
18 Swindon 11,008 9.738
19 Poole 12,661 9.737
20 Southend-On-Sea 10,586 9.736

Looking at the top three cities for the most trusted roofers in the UK, we get good coverage with representatives from Scotland, Wales, and England, but which city has the highest rated roofers?

1. Aberdeen - 9.87 average score

Back to Aberdeen and this time, the Scottish city tops the list with the highest-rated roofers. Aberdeen-based roofers might not be quite as highly-reviewed as plumbers in the area, but they can still boast an impressive average score of 9.87 out of 10.

2. Swansea - 9.86 average score

Out of the 25 listed roofing companies, a whopping eight have a perfect average score of 10 out of 10, giving the cities roofers an average of 9.86.

3. Ipswich - 9.85 average score

To finish off the top three cities with the most trusted roofers, we have Ipswich where the 42 companies listed have earned an average review score of 9.85 out of 10.


The Cities With The Most Trusted Plasterers

The Cities With The Most Trusted Plasterers
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Swansea 490 9.915
2 Portsmouth 7,456 9.875
3 Brighton and Hove 10,177 9.872
4 Plymouth 312 9.869
5 Luton 8,205 9.859
5 Poole 9,321 9.859
7 Bournemouth 5,384 9.855
8 Newcastle Upon Tyne 2,981 9.854
9 Southampton 14,327 9.844
10 Cambridge 2,346 9.842
10 Sunderland 3,001 9.842
12 Reading 14,729 9.840
13 Norwich 112 9.835
14 Swindon 4,191 9.834
15 Wolverhampton 3,286 9.833
16 Southend-On-Sea 4,603 9.829
17 Telford 1,656 9.827
18 Milton Keynes 5,273 9.824
19 Northampton 2,344 9.823
20 Slough 19,153 9.822

A good plasterer is a necessity when carrying out building work to make sure you get a professional-looking finish, but where can you find the best of the best?

1. Swansea - 9.92 average score

Sitting head and shoulders above the rest is Swansea where plasterers have an average review score of 9.92 out of 10, so you can be confident that the work will be of a high standard with Swansea-based plasterers.

2. Portsmouth - 9.87 average score

Another trade and another appearance for Portsmouth where plasterers rank in the top three cities. With 141 listed plastering companies and an average review score of 9.87, Portsmouth is clearly a great city for tradespeople.

3. Brighton and Hove - 9.87 average score

While Brighton and Hove appear to have the same score as Portsmouth when it comes to plasterers in the area, it is just a fraction of a decimal point lower, giving Brighton-based plasterers the number three spot.


The Cities With The Most Trusted Electricians

The Cities With The Most Trusted Electricians
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Glasgow 1,353 9.920
2 Sheffield 3,533 9.910
3 York 1,728 9.898
4 Blackpool 1,300 9.896
5 Liverpool 3,530 9.892
6 Bournemouth 15,745 9.886
7 Manchester 6,412 9.876
8 Wolverhampton 7,203 9.874
9 Plymouth 943 9.872
10 Huddersfield 2,838 9.871
11 Portsmouth 23,222 9.870
12 Kingston Upon Hull 738 9.868
13 Gloucester 3,216 9.862
13 Bradford 3,803 9.862
13 Bristol 5,620 9.862
16 Bolton 5,464 9.854
16 Cardiff 2,865 9.854
18 Brighton and Hove 32,665 9.852
19 Southampton 23,028 9.849
19 Leeds 4,322 9.849

Scottish sparkies seem to be some of the best in the business with Glasgow taking the top spot for the highest-rated electricians.

1. Glasgow - 9.92 average score

With an average score of 9.92 out of 10, Glasgow takes the second spot and is the second Scottish city to make the top list of cities with the most trusted electricians.

2. Sheffield - 9.91 average score

Heading a little south across the border, Sheffield takes the second spot with an average score of 9.91 out of 10, a score that inspires confidence in Sheffield-based electricians.

3. York - 9.90 average score

Electricians in Yorkshire clearly have a good reputation amongst their customers with another city in the region placing in the top three, just behind Sheffield.


The Cities With The Most Trusted Plumbers

The cities with the most trusted plumbers
Rank Location Total Reviews Avarage Score/10
1 Poole 477 9.930
2 Stoke-On-Trent 1,918 9.918
3 Plymouth 756 9.906
4 Glasgow 2,692 9.898
5 Blackpool 2,342 9.855
6 Gloucester 6,015 9.838
7 Bolton 4,829 9.831
8 Southampton 33,620 9.825
9 Portsmouth 32,307 9.817
10 Bournemouth 18,758 9.812
11 Dundee 436 9.805
12 Telford 2,862 9.798
12 Warrington 8,136 9.798
14 Sunderland 8,583 9.794
15 York 3,083 9.793
16 Brighton And Hove 18,812 9.787
17 Derby 3,459 9.784
18 Reading 36,507 9.776
19 Huddersfield 6,793 9.775
20 Manchester 7,915 9.774

Plumbers are often entrusted with projects that many of us would rather not do, even if we had the expertise to take them on, but where can you find the highest-rated plumbers in the UK?

1. Poole - 9.93 average score

This may be the only top three appearance for Poole, but it is certainly a strong one, with plumbers in the area getting an average review score of 9.93 out of 10.

2. Stoke-On-Trent - 9.92 average score

Following closely behind Poole is the city of Stoke-On-Trent, where the local plumbers have an average review score of 9.92.

3. Plymouth - 9.91 average score

Finally, Plymouth rounds out the plumbers' top three with an average review score of 9.91 across the plumbers based in the city.


How To Find A Reliable Tradesperson

As we have already stated, finding the right tradesperson for the job can be a daunting task but there are some things you can do to make the process a little easier:

  • Check out the reviews - all of the review scores listed above have come from reviews given by customers of the companies and tradespeople. These reviews can be extremely valuable when looking for a tradesperson, so make sure to check them out.
  • Get more than one quote - just as with most financial decisions, it's always a good idea to shop around. Before you choose the tradesperson for your job, get a few quotes to get an idea of what prices are reasonable. While you may be put off by a particularly high price, it's also worth being wary of someone who is quoting way below the average.
  • Check out their previous work - if you don't know anything about their previous work, don't be afraid to ask for a few references from recent customers.
  • Ask about their certifications - there are certain certifications that some trades are required to have. Do some research on the particular certifications they should have and make sure theirs are all in line with government and local authority standards.
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Methodology:

Using the Checkatrade website, we took the average review scores of listed builders, roofers, plasterers, electricians and plumbers across 50 UK cities. We then took an average of each of these within each location to give overall averages for the locations and the trades.

It should be noted that data was not retrievable in some cases when scraping pages, so while the data is as comprehensive as possible, there may be companies in each location where a score was not taken. For each trade, we removed cities where there were fewer than 100 reviews to ensure reliable averages.

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