Wigan plumber named UK’s finest
Drew Styles, from Wigan, has been crowned the UK Plumber of the Year 2017 in the nationwide competition run by JT, Bristan and Wolseley Plumb Center.
The competition saw hundreds of plumbers enter from all over the country in a record number of applications, which only makes Drew’s success even sweeter.
The official competition judging partner, WaterSafe, initially selected 15 plumbers from applications based on their skills, qualifications and experience. These then went head-to-head to win public votes, and the five with the highest number of votes went through to the final stage.
This involved a 30-minute interview with the judging panel at Bristan HQ in Tamworth, where Drew managed to impress with his love for the trade and his views on the future of the industry.
As a fourth-generation plumber, Drew embarked on his career at the tender age of six, when he accompanied his grandfather to work. His work ethic and the quality of his services remain very high today, and he is devoted to improving his work in any way he can, with his customer feedback showing his propensity to go the extra mile.
Along with his title as UK Plumber of the Year 2017, Drew won his share of £10,000 worth of prizes, including JT, Bristan and Wolseley Plumb Center goodies, plus products from Proper Job Beer, Rothenberger, CK Tools, Salamander, Filplastic, First Stop and Big Wipes.
“I’m really thrilled to be crowned Plumber of the Year 2017,” said Drew. “I’ve had a blast in the competition and I’m really thankful to all the people who voted for me.
“I’d definitely recommend the competition as something plumbers should get involved in. The support has been overwhelming and the prizes are just the cherry on the cake. I always try to make sure the service I deliver is the highest quality and to receive recognition for that is amazing!”
Other finalists in the competition included Tom Jenkins from Treorchy, Paul Maguire from Glasgow, Thomas Foster from Dundee and Gareth Lloyd from Hereford.
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