Record applications

Fensa has announced record numbers of applications for the first half of 2020, with more than 1,000 companies applying to join the leading competent person scheme between January 1 and June 30.

This follows on from a successful TV advertising campaign run across 2019 and 2020 alongside two new radio ads being played across the country during lockdown.

Fensa has also seen an increase in Fensa certificate enquiries over the past three months while the country has been in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. June alone saw the Fensa website receive over 40,000 postcode searches.

Alongside this, over 5,000 emails from both homeowners and tradesmen have been received and dealt with.

Chris Beedel, Fensa director of membership, said: “We know the last three months have been hugely challenging for all industries as we come to understand how the country has been affected by Covid-19. However, the sheer volume of calls and emails we have had from both the trade and homeowners during this time has been staggering and it gives us a real sense that our industry has hit the ground running.

“The Fensa team have been fantastic in dealing with an unprecedented demand of enquiries. The Fensa certificate is something which homeowners are now asking for in their tens of thousands every month and this has translated into the record number of applications we have seen from companies looking to join Fensa and provide their customers with what they want.”

Fensa has introduced a number of initiatives over the last 18 months as part of renewed efforts to extend the services it offers to consumers and its approved installers. These include discounts at all TradePoint and B&Q stores, homeowner finance packages, a suite of specialised business-related insurance products, plus the introduction of a new workwear clothing package that offers a range of tailored, affordable garments available at exclusive rates.