Landscaping isn't mentioned here but it sure as well could be. It's good to see this kind of recognition for the thousands of small businesses up and down the nation, being recognised for what they are rather than what they are not.

Tradesmen and women are bucking the ‘cowboy builder’ stereotype but are increasingly under-rated by their customers and suffer from unfavourable typecasting, according to new research.

Despite acknowledging positive personal experiences, AXA Insurance found that 60 per cent of people surveyed said it’s fair to label tradespeople as ‘cowboys’ or ‘rogue traders’, and 20 per cent said they’re afraid of being ‘ripped off’ when they need work done.

Yet the survey findings paint a different picture, and show the UK’s tradesmen and women to be reliable, skilled, helpful and even kind.

While horror stories are rife in the newspapers and on TV, most people say they’re happy with work done in their homes, and almost three quarters have longstanding relationships with one or more trusted tradesmen or women they’d recommend to others.

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