Screwfix's 'Britain’s Top Tradesperson' now open

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Screwfix has announced that its 'Britain’s Top Tradesperson' competition is now open for entries.

The annual competition by Screwfix, now in its tenth year, aims to celebrate the outstanding work and professionalism of UK tradespeople, resulting in one individual winning a £20k trade bundle, comprising of £10k worth of tools, £5k tech and £5k to go towards future training.

Screwfix will shortlist the UK’s top tradespeople to take part in a semi-final, before picking the top 10 finalists, who will travel to Screwfix LIVE at Farnborough to meet a panel of judges.

Caroline Welsh, director of brand and marketing at Screwfix said, “As Screwfix celebrates the 10th anniversary of Britain’s Top Tradesperson, our goal is to find someone who is the embodiment of their trade. The search is on to crown someone who not only champions their trade, but also acts as an ambassador to help futureproof the industry and encourage future generations.

“Since we launched the competition in 2009, we have seen record levels of entrants year-on-year, and we are excited to see what this year has to offer. We know from talking to our trade customers how much they enjoy taking part, and with such strong competition, we will be looking for one high calibre individual.”

Darren Staniforth, from NICEIC, will be a part of the 2019 judging panel. Darren said: “Britain’s Top Tradesperson gives electricians and all tradespeople the chance to receive the recognition they deserve. We’ve been supporting this campaign for the past decade, and would encourage our registrants and other electricians to apply to represent the best of the electrical trade.”

Past winners include plumbing and gas engineer Michael Cairns from Edinburgh and 2018 winner, carpenter, Stuart Roache from Northampton. Cairns said: “Being named Britain’s Top Tradesperson was such an achievement. It has allowed me to lay a stable foundation and further invest in my business; I now employ 15 people and continue to see year-on-year growth. It genuinely changed my business for the better. ”

2018 winner, Stuart Roache added: “Winning the competition last year changed my business forever and created so many fantastic opportunities. The accolade is the ultimate recognition a tradesperson can receive. I would definitely encourage others to enter; the rewards are life changing!”

Entries are open until 4 August 2019.