24/06/10 : Go online for the best building-trades advice

TradesAdvisor appears in AGCC release!

Until now, we have tended to turn to family, friends and colleagues for help and advice in finding local reputable and dependable tradesmen. But now a local trade-specialist website aimed at being the best friend of, and those looking for, tradesmen and suppliers, has just gone online in Aberdeen.

TradesAdvisor ( has been launched by Aberdeen-based Konetik Limited. The concept was born after quantity surveyor Gavin Esslemont was struggled to find reputable tradespeople to undertake a project on his home. “There are many excellent trades people around but I found I was relying more and more on recommendations from friends and colleagues.

“So transferring these word-of-mouth recommendations into a local trade-specialist website database appeared to be the next logical step,” he said.

TradesAdvisor offers and maintains an interactive system populated by trades people and consumers and it gives the trades people the opportunity to receive automated referrals and an instant online web presence, whilst providing consumers the opportunity to post their trade requirements and leave feedback on tradesmen, which benefits other users of the site.

“The fact that companies are continually monitored by their customers gives users peace of mind that they are dealing with trades people who value their reputation and are at the top of their game,” Gavin said.

“TradesAdvisor is growing to be a valuable tool for local tradesmen that are new to the market and others that are looking to expand their businesses. The automated referral system provides the connection between a consumer looking for a tradesman and a tradesman looking for new business. It is already saving people lots of time calling around for quotes. It also provides an effective platform for local suppliers to promote their trade-related products and special offers that they are currently carrying.“

Gavin, who has a degree in quantity surveying and years of experience in construction and procurement in the oil and gas industry, sees TradesAdvisor as a win:win for everybody.

Co-founder Darren Ross added, “We have developed the site based on customer feedback and incorporated a fair bit of community information, such as local scams, DIY advice from our members, and promoting businesses that are receiving good feedback. We’ve even got a social networking part of the site where businesses can interact with each other and partner up to undertake larger projects. It’s important for us to maintain TradesAdvisor with a local focus and develop an online community that assists in the often-fraught search for dependable tradesmen.”

Aberdeenshire resident Elizabeth Woodhouse commented, “I am undertaking a fairly sizable project and to have the resource of TradesAdvisor available to me is invaluable. I posted three projects and within a day I had received eight calls - a fantastic response! I will be securing the services of a builder, joiner, plumber and electrician all through TradesAdvisor and having recommended tradesmen working on my project gives me total peace of mind.”

Projects recently posted or awarded at TradesAdvisor include house renovations, internal decoration, garden lighting projects and roofing repairs.

Continue reading
28/06/10 : Ta! Launch & Networking Event - Video released

Following the success of the TradesAdvisor Launch & Networking Event on 22nd June 2010, the video of the event has now been released.

Continue reading
03/07/10 : TradesAdvisor Launch & Networking Event 22/06/10 - Photo Video released

Check out the video and photos from our launch event! Following on from the release of the TradesAdvisor Launch & Networking Event held on 22/06/10, the photo video has now been released. 

Continue reading
05/07/10 : TradesAdvisor appears in Aberdeen and Shire Summer 2010

TradesAdvisor is appearing in the local media again!

Online Advice

There is a brilliant new website in the area which helps eradicate the possibility of using 'cowboy' tradesmen.

TradesAdvisor, the North-East's Online Guide to Recommended Tradesmen is a website you can turn to when you need support and advice for your own DIY projects, browse and interact with local tradesmen and suppliers online, and post your requirements and let tradesmen and suppliers get back to you. You can even stay informed of any local scams in the area and network online with other users of the site!

Continue reading
25/07/10 : What you doing this weekend?

Why not come out and see us at the Banchory Show on Saturday 31st July 2010 or at the Turriff Show on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd August 2010 and grab yourself a chance to win some prizes?

We'll be running a raffle to win a signed Dons football, or if you fancy your chances at guessing how many helium filled Ta! balloons have been crammed into the TradesAdvisor vehicle, then you could win a garden bench, just right for the 'balmy' Aberdeen summer evenings!

BalloonsYou'll also be helping us support local charity Forget-Me-Not . The Forget-Me-Not Club assists and encourages those involved with the care and welfare of family and friends with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

There will be lots of handouts too. We've even got a face painter turning up for a couple of hours to Banchory Show to keep the kids amused!

So catch up with us this weekend. Let's hope the weather is kind to us!

Oh, and before we forget. If you are on Facebook, why not add us and keep up to date with our weekly blogs. And coming soon, we have a new discounts section, where we will be offering exclusive TradesAdvisor discounts, in partnership with local businesses. Check us out at


Have a good week.

Best regards,


Co-Founder TradesAdvisor

Continue reading