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Lino Ritchie, Pane in the Glass and Floral and Hardy – the UK’s best trade company names



It’s been a tough three years of political doom and gloom for the UK, so leading tradesperson comparison site,, has provided a little light-hearted relief by collating some of the best trade company names currently operating across the UK and Ireland.

The trade sector is an incredibly competitive space and while sites like can help whittle away the choice, these guys and girls certainly stand out from the crowd thanks to their imaginative trading names.  

Famous faces

Some are based on mainstream famous faces such as Spruce Springclean, a cleaning service in Cornwall or Bonny Tiler, a bathroom, plumbing and tiling company in the Vale of Glamorgan.

There’s also Lino Richie, a flooring company and perhaps the best named company in Ireland or, for all of your wood stripping, painting and decorating needs, Jack the Stripper is on hand to help in Twickenham.

TV related

If TV shows are more your flavour there’s plenty of great crossovers in the trade sector.  

Lawn N Order in North Lincolnshire is on hand to keep the peace in your garden, while Surelock Homes, a locksmith from Portsmouth, can keep you safe from intruders.

If you need a bit of comedic relief added to your London garden then Floral and Hardy are a great option.

If cartoons are more your thing, you can choose between He-Van removals in Brighton or Barney Rubble interior building and garden landscaping in Stockton-on-Tees.

Straight up funny

Some of the best about lean more on a play on words than a famous face or TV show.  

Perhaps the best of the lot is Stopcocks Women Plumbers, a national company for female only plumbers and heating engineers, although U-benders plumbing in Brighton and Pane in the glass window installation in Ashford are also up there.

Founder and CEO of, Tarquin Purdie, commented:

“With the sheer volume of tradespeople in the UK, standing out from the crowd is an uphill struggle and whether you compete on price, provide a better level of service, or simply catch the eye with a creative company name, it’s important to have a differentiating factor between you and the competition.

Many people may have a particular opinion of tradespeople as a bit rough around the edges and perhaps lacking the creativity or ingenuity of other professions, but as this demonstrates, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether it’s company names or the work they carry out, the UK trade sector is home to some great talent.”

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Bah Humbug – Christmas market property cost is at its highest in London



The latest research by national fast sale estate agent, Springbok Properties, has looked at the cost of buying near the best Christmas markets around Europe and how they differ between city.

Pulling house price data for cities home to 20 of the best Christmas markets around, Springbok Properties found that the property cost of some annual festive cheer is £5,128 per square metre on average. 

This cost is at its highest in London, with property costing an average of £12,976 per sqm to live in the city where famous Christmas markets range from Winter Wonderland to the Southbank Centre Winter Market to name but a few.  

The second highest property cost when looking for a top Christmas market was in Zurich, Switzerland, where buying close to the historic Old Town market, situated in front of the opera house and home to more than 100 stalls will set you back £9,827 per sqm.  

The Village de Noel Christmas market at the Champs-Elysees maybe be world-famous but living nearby will also cost you over £9,000 per sqm, while a place in Munich so you can make the most of the cities famous market at the Marienplatz town hall comes in just under at £8,980 per sqm.  

In fact, most of the cities home to a top-rated Christmas market come with a festive property premium with Stockholm (£7,450), Vienna (£5,560), Copenhagen (£5,355) and Berlin (£5,126) all coming in over £5,000 per square metre when buying a property.  

But there are some more affordable options for mold wine, festive food, and merriment. Riga in Latvia is the most affordable location with an awesome Christmas market with property in the city coming in at just £1,570 per sqm. 

Closer to home, Belfast hosts a famous market at its City Hall with Candy Alley also one of the main festive attractions, all with the cost of buying hitting just £1,900 per sqm.  

Krakow in Poland (£2,179), Tallin in Estonia (£2,260) and Budapest in Hungary (£2,470) are also amongst some of the most affordable Christmas market property purchasing locations.  

Founder and CEO of Springbok Properties, Shepherd Ncube, commented:

“As is often the case with most things, the cost of living close to anything vaguely helpful, exciting or fun is at it’s highest in London and this applies when comparing the best Christmas markets about.

It’s a high price to pay for those in England for some once a year festive cheer and it may well be more cost-effective to look further afield to the likes of Riga and book your flights early for a festive getaway instead.” 

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