Scottish plumber scoops national award for outstanding workmanship
Patience and Dedication: two ‘must-have’ attributes behind any good plumber. Image by Andrey_Popov (via Shutterstock).
Who needs reality television? At the start of this month, there was one award which mattered more than surviving several weeks in a communal house. One which celebrates our industry. That of the 2016 Plumber of the Year. This year’s award was won by Shaun Scott of Insch, Aberdeenshire, who works for Derek Scott Plumbing and Heating.
Including Shaun, the company’s award-winning plumber, they have four employees and one apprentice. Situated in Insch, the village is a short distance from Inverurie and Aberdeen city centre. Shaun was one of two Scottish plumbers that made it to the final stage. The last five finalists also included Sarah Osborne (SO Plumbing), Richard Lane (Bain Plumbing Services), Mark Wakely, and Richard Weir (Macoun Plumbing Heating and Aircon).
Like Big Brother, The X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent, the Plumber of the Year awards is supported by a number of companies and online voting. Shaun came away with £10,000 worth of prizes, courtesy of sponsors JT, Bristan, and Plumb Center.
The project which endeared Shaun to the voters and the judges was a ‘Mission: Impossible’ bathroom restoration project. His client thought the 90-year-old bathroom “wasn’t worth the effort”. Mr. Scott thought otherwise and exceeded his client’s expectations by a long way off.
Instead of overhyped TV specials with a booming voiceover, the internet-based competition has been a regular fixture since 2012. The awards celebrate everything that is best about our industry. That of dedication, customer service, and excellent workmanship. Not to mention patience, working in confined spaces, and solving difficult problems.
We at Swindon Plumbing and Heating would like to congratulate Shaun Scott on his success. Well done, you deserve it.