Brits are being encouraged to nominate tradespeople in their area who have gone above and beyond to help out their local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ‘local hero’ awards, which have been launched by UK manufacturer and retailer SGS Engineering this week, are designed to celebrate the most generous and thoughtful plumbers, builders, electricians, joiners, gardeners, and mechanics who offered valued help to those in need, as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
One national winner will be awarded a £1,000 cash prize and a Kielder Tool Kit worth over £500, while up to five regional winners will each take home cash prizes worth £250.
Dave Gordon, General Manager at SGS Engineering explains: “We’ve heard so many stories about tradespeople helping out their communities during COVID-19 – whether that’s doing free MOTs for key workers or even gardening for those who are shielding – and we’ve felt incredibly proud to be part of such a committed and caring industry.
“We wanted to recognise those individuals and businesses who really went out of their way to support people in need in their local areas, so we decided to launch these local hero awards.
“We look forward to seeing all the entries and reading about all the amazing work that people have been doing.”
Nominating someone for a local hero award is free and easy to do via the dedicated entry form. Those making a nomination are encouraged to share information about the tradesperson who helped them (or a friend/family member), what they did, and when they did it during COVID-19. Entry closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 7th March.
Expert industry judges from SGS and Kielder will be reviewing all entries personally. A shortlist of finalists will be contacted and then revealed publicly on Monday 15th March.
A poll will then be opened, enabling the general public to vote for an overall national winner and up to a further five regional winners, which will be crowned on Wednesday 31st March.
- Overall national winner: £1,000 cash prize and a Kielder Tool Kit worth over £500
- Regional winner (Scotland): £250 cash prize
- Regional winner (Northern England): £250 cash prize
- Regional winner (Midlands & Southern England): £250 cash prize
- Regional winner (Wales): £250 cash prize
- Regional winner (Northern Ireland): £250 cash prize