Unlike the previous story, this one is anything but anonymous. Chartered surveyor and rating consultant Ken Batty in Preston writes to me from time to time to update me on various cowboys he has uncovered (unfortunately, his industry is littered with them).

One of the firms he could not previously name was Bridgestone from Manchester, and it has now gone into liquidation.

He suggests that anyone who was caught by Bridgestone (upfront fees for services that now won’t happen and probably never would have) and are worried about what happens next, can contact him and he will try to “turn around a rather unfortunate situation”. You can reach Ken on 01772 558444.