An electrician from Leicester is one step closer to being crowned the champion of the trade, after reaching the semi-finals of a national competition.
Pravin Patel, 39, has been shortlisted in the semi-finals of the Screwfix Top Tradesperson Awards – after being highlighted for “his passion for the trade, dedication and commitment for going above and beyond for his customers.”
Mr Patel has been in the trade for 14 years and owns JP Electrical Leicester Ltd.
He initially worked on a voluntary basis whilst studying to become a qualified electrician and set up his own business in 2015. He is passionate about the local community and fostering good relationships with customers. Pravin is on a mission to grow the business to a place where he can take on an apprentice to support and teach new skills to.
In the 13th year of the prestigious award, Pravin aims to join the Top Tradesperson Hall of Fame alongside reigning champion Dan Lloyd, an electrician from Brighton.
“I’m really pleased to get through to the semi-finals of Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2022, particularly knowing how many incredible tradespeople I would have been up against,” he said.
“I aim to impress the judges with my skills, expertise, and my passion for the trade. To reach the national final in September would be a dream come true and I’d love the opportunity to champion the construction industry on behalf of my peers.
“I am very driven and ambitious, always looking to develop my skills and gain new experiences. The £20k prize would be a massive help towards me getting qualified in sustainable technologies, so I can do my bit to protect the environment and save money for my customers.”
Together with over 30 other top tradespeople from across the UK and Republic of Ireland, Pravin will now battle it out to be shortlisted as a top 10 finalist. The shortlisted candidates will participate in a one-day final event at Screwfix LIVE, back in Farnborough for the first time since 2019, on September 23.
The overall winner will be crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2022 and take home the ultimate £20,000 prize bundle comprising tech, tools, and training.
Jack Wallace, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “As a champion of the trade, we know that there are many exceptional tradespeople out there who are going the extra mile for their customers, producing work to an incredibly high standard and ultimately being fantastic role models for the next generation of tradespeople. Tradespeople are vital to our economy and invaluable to the communities they serve, so it’s hugely important that we recognise their achievements through this national award.
“I’d like to congratulate all our semi-finalists on getting this far. I wish them all the best of luck and look forward to meeting our national finalists in September!”
To find out more about the semi-finalists and the Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2022 award, visit: screwfix.com/stt.