Sent in by Email from a registered artisan

You must point out to clients that if the business is registered only in the UK they will not be allowed to offset the cost of work against capital gains taxes when they sell and to ensure there is insurance cover for the work carried out.

Also, clients should check that the Siret numbers given enable them to carry out the work offered. You can check this on

As a registered and fully insured business I am fed up with cowboys taking advantage of the language barrier, not contributing to the system and giving bona fide English businesses a bad name.