THE SEARCH BEGINS FOR BRITAIN’S TOP TRADESPERSON 2015

Tradesmen and women from across the UK, put down your spanner, turn off your drill, as this year’s Britain’s Top Tradesperson (BTT) competition from Screwfix has launched.

Screwfix, which has more than 400 stores across the UK, is launching its annual competition to find and recognise the best builders, extraordinary electricians, helpful handymen, perfect plumbers and many more tradesmen and women that keep the UK’s homes and businesses in top condition.

Not only will this year’s worthy winner carry the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson that will transform their business – but they will also win the keys to a brand new Toyota PROACE or Hilux with all the gadgets they need worth £30,000 (OTR).

Last year, Raymond McKnight, a plumber from Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, walked away with the crown after fighting off worthy competition from thousands of entrants. He wowed a judging panel with his passion and dedication to his trade. His enthusiasm, drive and commitment to plumbing also stood out amongst the finalists. He says it has had an amazing impact on his business, bringing him new customers and filling his diary for months ahead.

Raymond adds: “It has been an unbelievable year. Holding the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson has been a great endorsement for me. When customers see that someone in the local area has been named as top in the UK, they know they can rely on you to do a top job. The last year has been great, I would really encourage other tradesmen and women to enter and give it a go, there’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain.”

The Britain’s Top Tradesperson Award is given to those who can prove they excel in their trade. Maybe you’ve just started your own company, or perhaps you have taken a course to upgrade your skill-set, are you engaged on social media and really engage your customers? You may have completed a complex job for someone, or you run your business with customers in mind, by offering free quotes or on a no-fix no-fee basis. No matter the reason, you have until 4 th October 2015, to put your case forward and enter the competition.

John Mewett, marketing director at Screwfix, comments: “We run this competition to champion those quality tradesmen and to celebrate their success. The selection process of Britain’s Top Tradesperson enables people working in different trades to meet up, share ideas and tell us about what’s happening on the ground. It’s the sixth year we have run this competition, and the calibre of entries improves year on year. We’re looking forward to meeting and rewarding those tradesmen and women who go that extra mile. This year’s winner will receive a Toyota van and the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2015, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to apply.”

Entries to BTT are open until 4 th October 2015, with regional finalists going head to head later that month. The national final will be in November, with the overall winner being named Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2015.

To enter you can go into any Screwfix store or go to screwfix.com/btt where you can also find further details of the competition.