Dalkeith sparky aiming the be the best

Electrician Richard Denholm, from Dalkeith

Electrician Richard Denholm, from Dalkeith

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The shortlist in this year’s Britain’s Top Tradesman award has been announced, and an electrician from Dalkeith has made it through to the grand final.

Richard Denholm, who trades under the name Test That, beat off competition from more than 5,500 entrants to be crowned top of the trade in Scotland in the contest run by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix.

Today (October 21) he is set to battle it out with ten other finalists from across the UK at Wembley Stadium, for the chance to be crowned Britain’s Top Tradesman 2014.

Apart from being a major boost to a business, the top prize for the winner is a brand new £28,000 (OTR) Toyota truck or van.

Britain’s Top Tradesman, organised by Screwfix, is a nationwide search to find and recognise the brilliant builders, helpful handymen, exceptional electricians and perfect plumbers that keep the UK’s homes and businesses in top condition.

Richard was put through to the final due to his reputation in the community, honesty and links with charities.

He said: “It’s fantastic to have been chosen to go through to the national final of Britain’s Top Tradesman. It’s a really good opportunity to get my name out there and build up my reputation even further.”

John Mewett, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “Britain’s Top Tradesman is a prestigious accolade that Screwfix has awarded for the past five years. Previous winners have seen their businesses go from strength to strength after receiving the title – all have picked up new customers and taken on extra staff to cope with the demand, it really can have a life-changing impact. The standard this year is really high and all of our finalists have what it takes to be crowned the champion for 2014 - it’s certainly going to be no easy task to pick the winner.”

The judging panel includes representatives from Screwfix, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and the electrical trade body NICEIC. The national winner will be announced in November.