Electrician aims to win top tradesperson award

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Jul 2018

A HULL electrician said he hopes to “make his customers proud” as he vies for the title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson. 

Stephen Campbell, 34, who trades under the name Campbell Electrical Services, has fended off competition from more than 3,000 people to be named in the final ten for the prestigious national award. 

The entrepreneur, who only became self-employed a year ago, also recently said no to two weeks’ wages to help on the site of a DIY SOS project in Hessle. 

Mr Campbell said: “I’m delighted to be in the national final. To be recognised for the hard work that I put in means so much and I’m looking forward to meeting the judges and the other finalists, too. 

“I’m extremely enthusiastic about my work and always give 100 per cent. I can’t wait to show the judges what I’m made of, and to make my family and customers proud.”

The Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018 competition is run by Screwfix.

Mr Campbell will travel to Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, on July 27 to find out whether he has won the title.

Speaking about his work on the DIY SOS site, which transformed a Hessle family’s house after they fell on hard times, he said: “To help transform someone's life for the sake of a couple of weeks wages is nothing. 

“Yes, I had to play catch up for a few weeks, but it's nothing compared to what that poor family had been through.” 

Caroline Welsh, director of brand and marketing at Screwfix, said: “We first launched this competition nine years ago and it remains the title that the nation’s tradespeople want to win.

“In the regional heats Stephen impressed us with his experience and attitude. 

“The title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson is only given to those who demonstrate that they represent all that is great about the nation’s tradespeople. I’m looking forward to seeing Stephen at the final.”

Campbell Electrical Services is based in Hull, and carries out domestic, commercial and industrial work.

It covers areas including Hull, East Yorkshire, Leeds, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole, for work ranging from domestic lighting and socket jobs, to kitchen and bathroom refurbishments and security lighting.

Rob Lindley, managing director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, which is supporting the awards, said: “Reaching the final of any national competition is a huge achievement, but to make the grade in a competition as fiercely contested as this, against so many talented and dedicated tradespeople, is truly an accomplishment to be very proud of.”

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