Scarborough builder Rob makes it to semi-final of Screwfix Top Tradesperson competition

A builder from Scarborough has made it through to the semi-final of the Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2020 competition.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 10:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 10:54 am
Rob Salt

Rob Salt, 39, who runs his own company has been selected for his sheer passion for the trade, determination to succeed and demonstrating how he goes above and beyond the call of duty for customers.

Rob, who is thrilled to have reached this stage, says: “If I were to get through to the final, I would be over the moon and it would demonstrate that all of my hard work has paid off.

"I began my journey into the world of construction working as a labourer for a local plasterer, I loved the work, back then, even though I was on £2.50 per hour.

"I eventually realised that bricklaying was the trade I had my heart set on, so I went to college to get qualified. I started my own company and have since brought about six apprentices into the bricklaying world who are all out there making money themselves now. It has been a challenging year and I’m delighted to get through to the next stage of the competition.”

The virtual semi-finals take place from now. Ten tradespeople will then be selected to take part in a virtual final where trade experts will interview the finalists and select this year’s winner.

The judging panel includes representatives from trade bodies and last year's winner Darren McGhee.

The winner will take home the ultimate trade bundle worth £20,000. This includes tools, a training budget and technology to help them take their business to the next level.

Danielle Sweet, Screwfix spokesperson, said: “From more than 2,500 entries, our semi-finalists have done incredibly well to get this far. Our annual competition is in its 11th year and each year the standard of entries is exceptional. I’d like to wish all of our semi-finalists the best of luck.”