Shaun Scott from Oyne, Aberdeenshire has won the UK Plumber of the Year 2016 title, sponsored by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center.
The competition, which is in its second year, saw hundreds of entries nationwide.
Scott, who works for Derek Scott Plumbing Limited in Insch, travelled to Tamworth to attend a final interview session and was up against four other finalists – Mark Wakeley from Devon, Richard Lane from Bolton, Richard Weir from North Shields and Sarah Osbourne from Cambridge, who walked away with a highly commended award.
The finalists were assessed by an industry judging panel where Scott, who has been a plumber for nine years, impressed with his determination, skill-set and vision for the future.
Scott demonstrated a recent bathroom restoration project, where he was able to refurbish a challenging 90-year old bathroom for a client who was told it wasn’t worth the effort. Despite logistical problems, Scott’s dedication helped him to complete the project to the delight of the client.
As well as winning the title, he took home £10,000 worth of prizes, including JT and Bristan products, vouchers to spend at his nearest Plumb Center and products from Arctic, Big Wipes, CAT, CK Tools, Epson, Milwaukee, Monument, PayPal, Regin, Rothenberger and Toolbank.
“It’s an absolute honour to be named the UK Plumber of the Year in 2016, I really can’t believe it,” said Scott. “I really enjoyed the whole process, from completing the initial application form, gathering votes from my community and the final interview stage, which was nerve wracking, but a fantastic experience. I’d also like to say a big thank you to the sponsors and the prize partners for their generous support.”
John Schofield, sales and marketing director at JT, added: “We thought the level of entries in 2015 was incredibly high, but we’ve been blown away by the standards this year. Our final interview stage was incredible and Shaun is a worthy winner. He demonstrated his work, which showed some real skill and intuition, plus gave us an insight into where the future of plumbing is going. Massive congratulations to Shaun and the four final candidates and thanks to everyone who entered. We’ll be back next year.”