Trust is a huge issue for housholders when employing tradespeople. It’s not just TV programmes like ‘Rogue Traders’ scaring them. Almost everyone knows someone with a horror story and sadly plumbers seem to have the worst reputation when it comes to service, quality of work and prices.
Stopcocks Women Plumbers began in 1990 as Stopcocks Woman Plumber and Stopcocks good reputation has grown in direct response to the bad reputation of plumbers in general. Customers of both sexes want to be able to trust the people who work in their homes and they correctly assume that women will do their best to deliver great service.
“People really need water and they really need plumbers. Fixing someone’s toilet, it has an immediate impact on their lives, that’s satisfying”
says Spraggon, who experienced living with an unreliable water supply in Botswana and went on to work with Birdland an international conservation charity, the Secretariat to the Birdlife Partnership consisting of NGOs around the world before training to City & Guilds Level 2 in plumbing . She is continuing training by having that qualification ratified as an NVQ 2.
Spraggon joined Stopcocks Women Plumbers late 2013 and is now launching to serve the Cambridgeshire area. She loves the satisfaction of being able to see a job through to the end and serve her local community.
Stopcocks Women Plumbers, founded by Hattie Hasan exploits its uniqueness with humour - anyone brought up in UK cannot help laughing at and remembering the name - they have high professional standards and an ethical standpoint.
They recognise their importance as role models to todays beleaguered young women, to a trade whose reputation is at an all time low and to adult women reinventing themselves after a lifetime of fitting in. Stopcocks also supports clean water and sanitation projects in the developing world; improving the quality of life and expectations for some of the world’s poorest women.
Numbers of women plumbers are so low they aren’t recorded but are guessed to be as low as below 1% of all plumbers in UK. While the numbers of girls and women training as plumbers are slowly increasing the impact on overall numbers of trained and qualified female plumbers is slight.
At the same time, those women who do succeed are difficult for customers to find, in spite of their preference, since few companies advertise that they employ female plumbers.
Stopcocks Women Plumbers are self-employed and easily recognisable, they take on all domestic work from maintenance to installation. Bathrooms and wetrooms, radiators, taps, leaks, pipes and toilets.
For more information go to the website http://stopcocks.co.uk, http://www.stopcocks.co.uk/