A builder from Consett is through to the semi-finals of the renowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2021 competition.

Ian Watson, 51, has been in the trade for 35 years and owns I.S. Building & Roofing. He has been selected following an initial application outlining how he demonstrates a real passion for the trade, is exceptionally skilled, and has the drive and determination to go above and beyond for their customers.

Having suffered a serious accident in 1997 which left him partially disabled, Ian has always been determined to go above and beyond and takes enormous pride in his work. Well respected locally, much of his work comes from local recommendations. He has also recently mentored an apprentice, and after passing his NVQ with flying colours, Ian has since offered him a full-time job.

Ian, who is thrilled to have reached this stage, says: “I’m delighted to be through to the semi-finals of the competition. I hope to reach the national final in September so I can show the judges how dedicated I am to my trade and how I stand out from others in the industry.

My can-do attitude, which is something I feel I’ve passed onto my apprentice, has served me well throughout my time in the building trade and I hope that’s something that comes across to the judges”

Ian will join over 30 other semi-finalists in the interview stage with representatives from Screwfix to try and secure a place at a two-day virtual final event in September.

The winner will be crowned during Screwfix LIVE and will take home the ultimate £20,000 prize bundle comprising tech, tools, and training.

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital Director said: “All of our semi-finalists are a great example of the nation’s tradespeople who give their all to support their local community and champion a career in the trade. From many entries, our semi-finalists have done incredibly well to get this far. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage of the competition the best of luck and look forward to meeting our national finalists in September!”

To find out more about this competition please visit screwfix.com/stt.

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