Trade rates

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Trade Rates is a term commonly used in the Building and Trade Industry in the United Kingdom as a way of giving special rates for or from tradesman. Plumbers, Electricians or Builders are associated with the Term due to their close ties to the Trade Industry which is linked with the building and refurbishment industry.

If you have a friend who is a tradesman such as a plumber then he may give you trade rates, similar to "mate's rates".

If a tradesman is to buy tools or equipment from suppliers he often refers to the trade rates which the suppliers offer to their regular clients who often hold an account with the supplier.