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Rogue traders ‘springing’ up all over the place

18/04/2015
South Gloucestershire Trading Standards would like to remind residents to be cautious when answering the door to an unexpected visitor, following a sharp rise in the number of rogue trader complaints being received in the South West region. As spring approaches, the weather improves and the nights draw out many rogue traders take advantage of this and start targeting residents. Trading Stand . . .

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Help to stop the scourge of nuisance calls

08/04/2015
South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards are launching a pilot project whereby new technology is to be used to limit the amount of nuisance telephone calls received by older and vulnerable members of our community. The telephone can be a lifeline for many, but it can also cause problems. Older and more vulnerable people spend more time at home so receive many more calls than the average . . .

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Thornbury beat surgeries

08/04/2015
Thornbury beat surgeries will be held in: Thornbury Town Hall, 35 High Street Between 11:00-12:00 hrs on the below dates 2015 Friday 30th January Friday 20th Feburary Friday 20th March Friday 10th April Friday 22nd May Friday 19th June Friday 10th July Friday 28th August Friday 18th September Friday 16th October  Friday 27th November Friday 18th De . . .

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Are you paying to much for your utilities?

08/04/2015
A Thornbury businesswoman swapped sewing curtains for helping people to reduce their utility bills and hasn’t looked back since.   Sue Pietersen, who lives and works in Thornbury, gave up her upholstery business last year to become a full time utility consultant and now she is on a mission to show people how much money they could save on their gas and electric simply by understandin . . .

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Secure local storage

08/04/2015
Self storage is a concept, like many others, that has drifted over from the USA where it is a huge industry. It is gaining in popularity over here as awareness of the service it provides grows. It is an economical way for businesses to expand or maximise space without the need to move premises. Equally, home owners can make the most of their space by storing little used items elsewhere rathe . . .

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Keeping your gutters and solar panels clean

08/04/2015
In this edition we are focusing on the importance of keeping your gutters and solar panels clean. The problems gutters can cause Defective guttering can be the source of many sorts of damp problems in the structure of a building. If the guttering is not properly maintained the water can run down the outside wall or the dirt/debris can build up in the gutter; causing the gutter to clog up, ev . . .

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Winter Plumbing Tips

08/04/2015
Why service your boiler? Most of us don’t pay any attention to our boiler until it breaks down. Prevention is better than cure so make sure to schedule an annual maintenance check. Here’s why: 1) Save money on repairs and emergency call-out fees. An engineer will pick up on any minor faults, which if left unrepaired, could cause major problems in the future. 2) A service could s . . .

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Dont fall victim to Rogue Traders

08/04/2015
Ever been ripped off or fallen victim to a rogue trader? Choosing an honest and reliable tradesman can be a difficult and daunting task. South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards offers the following advice to help you protect yourself from these unscrupulous 'traders': Be wary of traders who cold call and the deals they offer you - it is unusual for genuine tradesmen to need t . . .

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How independent Travel agents can save releationships

08/04/2015
Many people think they can save time and money by booking all their travel on the web and in many cases that may be true. However we recently came across a classic example of someone doing it themselves with awkward and expensive results. A man decided to visit his girlfriend in Australia so looked for flights from London to Sydney. He found on the web a cheap flight which seemed too good to . . .

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Do you want to feel good on a Sunday morning?

03/04/2015
Spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon once a month, or once or twice a year, making a difference to isolated, lonely over 75's in the Thornbury area.. Contact the Elderly is looking to build on the existing 3 groups in Bristol and set up more small, local friendship groups in areas across the city, but cannot do it without some new volunteers getting involved. We would love to set one up . . .

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