• We check the business has been trading for a minimum of 6 months and has a trading history with another existing business that we can verify

  • We check the name or company name and address of all people involved in running the business:

    • If the applicant is a sole trader or in a business partnership we check the people involved live at the addresses they’ve given us
    • If the applicant is a limited company we check the information they’ve given us matches the records kept by Companies House
  • If an applicant claims to hold any professional memberships we check with the relevant organisation to make sure the registrations are current and the claims are genuine

  • We make sure the business has current PPL insurance cover (Products and public liabi lity)

  • We require the business to disclose any civil court judgments and previous convictions - they must also tell us about current legal proceedings which may be underway

  • We check the County Court Judgements registry to make sure anyone involved in the business has not been sued and then failed to pay the amount awarded against them

  • If the applicant has a website we check it doesn’t make any misleading claims about the business and, if a Limited company, displays all legal requirements with regard to business details


As a general rule we find that only good businesses apply to become GoJD Trusted Designer/Makers. Even so, applicants have been refused membership because they’ve failed 1 or more of our checks.

Once membership is granted, we continually monitor customer complaints and feedback to try to make sure that all our Trusted Designer/Makers are maintaining the standards of the scheme.

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