A ROOFING CONTRACTOR from North Lanarkshire is celebrating after reaching the national final of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2019.
Darren McGhee is the only roofing contractor in the top ten finalist’s line up to go head to head to win Screwfix’s coveted title. Up for grabs is a top prize worth £20k, comprising of £10k worth of tools, £5k tech and £5k towards future training.
Selected from over 1,000 entrants, Darren, who runs DMG Roofing Ltd, will aim to impress a panel of judges with his MyRoofCare package initiative he set up to for his customers to improve impressions of the industry (reported in Roofing Today’s January 2019 edition page 16), during the final at Screwfix LIVE in Farnborough on 27 September, 2019.
Darren launched MyRoofCare after becoming sick of seeing vulnerable homeowners being ripped off by cowboys pretending to be professional roofers. Darren explains, “It’s an ongoing problem, and what makes me angry is that perceptions of the whole roofing profession gets damaged by these cowboys.
“Only recently I re-did some roof work for free, stripping away and putting right what had been done after some traveller had rocked up and done a disastrous job, charging £3,000 for it. The 93-year-old homeowner had been taken to the bank for the payment by these cowboys. Trading Standards and the Police were involved. By getting the homeowner on to MyRoofCare we can not only put the roof right for free, but also make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to a vulnerable householder again.”
Darren is thrilled to have reached the final stage of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2019. He says: “Words cannot express how happy I feel to have reached the final of Britain’s Top Tradesperson. I have worked so hard to make a difference to the roofing trade, and to win this competition would be the seal of approval to show it was all worth it.”
It’s the 10th year of the competition and the 2019 winner will join the hall of fame, alongside previous winners Stuart Roache and Lluis Dalmau.
Caroline Welsh, Director of Brand and Marketing at Screwfix, said: “Over the past decade, previous winners of this prestigious award have seen their company go from strength to strength.
“The winner will be a tradesperson who can demonstrate how they go that extra mile for their customers, champions their trade, and acts as an ambassador to help futureproof the industry and encourages future generations. I’d like to congratulate Darren for getting to the final and wish all of our top 10 the best of luck!”
During the final, Darren will face a panel of industry-leading judges including representatives from the NICEIC, CIPHE and FMB.
Screwfix CEO, John Mewett will announce the winner at the Trade Talk stand from 3:30pm at Screwfix LIVE on 27 September.