Roofing firm fined amid false trade body accreditation claims

Roofing firm fined amid false trade body accreditation claims

A roofing company from Elgin has been fined more than £2,000 after it falsely claimed it was approved by professional trade bodies.

Moray Firth Roofing Ltd advertised accreditation shields and logos on its website, vans, flyers and social media page, despite its membership in any of the associations having expired years ago.

Banff Sheriff Court heard Moray Firth Roofing Ltd claimed to be in the Master Guild of Craftsmen, Federation of Small Businesses and Confederation of Roofing Contractors.

The business had been a member when it was created in March 2015, The Press & Journal reports.

Kenneth Stewart, 47, the firm’s sole director, was also charged under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

His not guilty plea was accepted by the Crown, but he was asked to remain in the courtroom while the company’s case was dealt with.

Moray Firth Roofing Ltd admitted a charge of consenting or conniving to falsely claim that it had been approved by professional bodies.

Sheriff Robert McDonald fined Moray Firth Roofing Ltd £2,075. The sum must be paid within 28 days.

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