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Why I am NOT on a Lead Generation Sites such as Checkatrade or MyBuilder?

Updated: Jun 12

I offer and guarantee to you: 

  • All calls and enquiries responded to on the day they are made, I WILL answer your call and respond to your requests 

  • Excellent communication throughout, from quote to completion of the electrical work

  • Fully insured, up to £2,000,000 indemnity and liability, which is more that the national average (on the very rare occasion that something goes wrong, my insurance will cover the costs)

  • I guarantee all of my work for at least 1 year

  • Warranty on accessories will depend on the manufacturers guarantee, but I use wholesalers whom I trust and they also trust me in return, and therefore will offer extended warranties should any product or accessories fail within a reasonable time frame, and I will work with you to get these faulty products replaced at as minimal cost to you as possible

  • I have, at present at the time of writing, 38 5-star reviews on Google and Facebook from local people, check for yourself here - I have only been trading for 1.5 years! 

  • I have been assessed, tested and am a fully qualified and registered electrician and I have passed more than those hallowed “12 rigorous checks” (as per Checkatrade’s “promise” to you) to be where I am today! 

  • I am a Trustmark Endorsed tradesman and registered, you cannot become either of these without the right qualifications!

Speller's Sparks LTD is a trusted electrician and fully qualified to complete electrical testing and work in your home.
Trustmark and registered electrician local to you!


For those of you who don’t know, up until 2022 I had been a Head of Music/Department in a Secondary School in Bristol, and I decided to retrain, and since then I’ve not looked back and really enjoy being Your Local Electrician! 

So, why I am not on Checkatrade, etc…

I can honestly say that it’s been tough not giving in and joining these “Lead Generation” sites at times, especially at less busy times throughout a year and being a new electrician and tradesman means that I might not be as well known as businesses that have been around for far longer! However, I like to try and speak to my customers directly by using Social Media such as YouTube, Facebook and via my own Website. You can find a little more about me by watching this above! 

What are Lead Generation Sites?

Checkatrade, My Builder and other Lead Generation sites might make it easier for you, the customer, as they're all in one place, but for tradesmen and women, it can be a very real race to the bottom and trust me, not all the best ones will be found there. Not only do they tie tradesmen and women into contracts that you can’t get out of - believe me, the first month might be great but once you’re tied in… those leads will fall, but we often have to compete with customers that are only looking for the cheapest prices and not necessarily good workmanship. All businesses have overheads, and these Lead Generation sites are only concerned with theirs!

This is where I, as a Local Tradesman and business owner, excel! I have to offer excellent customer service, otherwise word will get around that that “Speller’s Sparks Guy…, don’t use him, he’s rubbish!!” And, as you can see from my customers testimonials, that’s just not the case with me. I have been really proud and honoured to be able to serve my local community by offering a level of service not usually found from tradesmen and women, one that offers all those guarantees… and while there will be many good trades on these sites, there are some that hide behind its so-called 12-point checklists! 

Chekatrade, for example, states that they ensure that all their builders, electricians etc have been vetted, however in my experience and having heard from both trades on the site and customers too, that this isn’t always true. Not only this, but all their tradesmen offer 1 year guarantees etc! Well, I offer all of this and more. I offer this guarantee regardless of whether My Builder, Checkatrade etc claim they enforce. 

I hope this will give you the peace of mind and confidence to go ahead and make that inquiry with Your Local Electrician - you can Call Rich on 01761 325 007 or email Rich at  

I have made one exception and have decided to sign up to be a Which Trusted Trader, it's not a lead generation site but it is a trusted brand and this is what I am to be for any of my customers! Which do put their tradesmen and women though a rigorous process, such as checking out the invoicing process, how I communicate and gather testimonials from my past customers, they don’t tie you into contracts and if I, the person paying for their service, is unhappy then I can simply leave. More on this another time....

Thanks for reading!


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