The search begins in the Louth area for Britain's Top Tradesperson 2016

Tradespeople in Louth have the chance to be rewarded for the outstanding work they do in keeping homes and businesses in tip-top condition, by entering Britain's Top Tradesperson 2016.

Last year's winner Darren Lawton with his prize.
Last year's winner Darren Lawton with his prize.

The competition, organised by Screwfix, which has a store in Louth, launched earlier this month to highlight the great job that plumbers, electricians, carpenters, builders and many more tradesmen and women do in the region.

This year’s top prize is a Toyota PROACE or Hilux, and the coveted title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2016.

The best tradespeople from the region will be selected by Screwfix to go head-to-head at a regional heat in the East Midlands. From there, 11 finalists from across the nation will be on the road to Wembley for the national final in July, where they will face an esteemed judging panel of industry experts.

Last year, Darren Lawton, an electrician from Newcastle, 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 entrepreneurial spirit, attention to detail and passion for customer service 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.

Darren said: “It’s been an incredible time since winning the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson from Screwfix. Holding the title has been a great endorsement for me and has helped me to secure more customers.

“The experience has been brilliant, I would definitely encourage other tradespeople to enter and give it a go, there’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain!”

John Mewett, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “It’s the seventh year we have run this competition, and the calibre of entrants improves year on year. We’re looking forward to meeting and rewarding those in the trades who go that extra mile.

“This year’s winner will receive a new Toyota Commercial vehicle from the All New Toyota Hilux or All New Toyota PROACE ranges and the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2016 from Screwfix, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to apply.”

• To enter the competition before the deadline on June 5, go into the local Screwfix store in Louth, or go to where you can also find further details of the competition.