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ContractorCheck(SM) Pro provides home-improvement professionals with detailed reports of their contracting business's credit history as well as copy of ContractorCheck report that consumers receive when reviewing contractor's business. Contractor can proactively manage business profile by checking both reports and seeing what action needs to be taken on items that may affect overall rating. Also provided, email alerts inform contractors of changes in business credit report.



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Experian Launches ContractorCheck(SM) Pro and Teams with Angie's List®



New report package offers home-improvement professionals the details behind their ContractorCheck(SM) rating and a year of monitoring

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 17 -- Experian(R), a global information services company, today launched ContractorCheck(SM) Pro, a new combination report package that provides home-improvement professionals with convenient access to their ContractorCheck(SM) report. This includes a full year of business credit report access and monitoring to proactively manage their business profile. Experian also announced it is teaming with Angie's List(R) to make ContractorCheck products available to its consumers and contractors they rate.

"When Experian launched ContractorCheck this past December, we knew it would complement the services we offer our members because it enables homeowners to make a more informed hiring decision," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "With ContractorCheck Pro, companies rated on Angie's List will have the same information that their potential clients are seeing."

ContractorCheck Pro consists of a detailed reporting of the contracting business's credit history and a copy of the ContractorCheck report that consumers receive when reviewing the contractor's business. With a subscription to ContractorCheck Pro, a contractor can proactively manage the business's profile by regularly checking both reports and seeing if action needs to be taken on any items that may affect the business's overall rating. Furthermore, by being able to review and understand the underlying business credit data that drives the ContractorCheck report, contractors can utilize it to their advantage to help acquire new customers by demonstrating the business's reliability.

"Making sure that your business has a solid credit report is as important as maintaining a positive credit score in your personal life. In fact, when creditors are reviewing the creditworthiness of a small business, or customers are deciding with whom they should do business (like deciding on a contractor), having a solid credit history becomes critical to that business' success," said Marc Kirshbaum, president, Experian's Business Information Services group. "ContractorCheck Pro gives contractors the resources they need to help manage their credit, as well as provide tools to help them continue to grow their businesses. We are delighted to work with Angie's List to make these services available to its members and the contractors they rate."

ContractorCheck Pro membership includes:
-- Unlimited access to ContractorCheck Pro (combining a detailed account of the business's credit report and the consumer ContractorCheck report)
-- E-mail alerts to inform contractors of any changes in the business credit report that may affect their rating, including new credit inquiries, late trade payments, or major events like liens, judgments and bankruptcies
-- Daily monitoring of Experian's most complete business credit report, powered by Experian's BizSource(SM) credit database

ContractorCheck Pro is $12.95 per month or $99 per year for unlimited access and monitoring. For more information, please visit http://www.contractorcheck.com/pro.

About Angie's List

Angie's List is where thousands of consumers share their ratings and reviews on local contractors and companies in more than 330 different categories. Currently, more than 600,000 consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie's List to help them find the right contractor or company for the job they need done. Members have unlimited access to the list via Internet or phone; receive the Angie's List magazine, which includes articles on home improvement and maintenance, consumer trends and scam alerts; and they can utilize the Angie's List complaint resolution service. Get more information about Angie's List at http://www.angieslist.com/.

About Experian

Experian is a global leader in providing information, analytical and marketing services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions. Combining its unique information tools and deep understanding of individuals, markets and economies, Experian partners with organizations around the world to establish and strengthen customer relationships and provide their businesses with competitive advantage. For consumers, Experian delivers critical information that enables them to make financial and purchasing decisions with greater control and confidence. Clients include organizations from financial services, retail and catalog, telecommunications, utilities, media, insurance, automotive, leisure, e-commerce, manufacturing, property and government sectors.

Experian Group Limited is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. It has corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and operational headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Nottingham, UK. Experian employs approximately 15,500 people in 36 countries worldwide, supporting clients in more than 65 countries. Annual sales are in excess of $3.8 billion.

For more information, visit the Group's Web site on http://www.experiangroup.com/.

Experian and the marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact: Roslyn Whitehurst
Experian Public Relations
1 714 830 5578
roslyn.whitehurst@experian.com

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