Hailsham builder could be Top Tradesman

A builder from Hailsham has been shortlisted in the annual search by Screwfix to find and reward Britain’s Top Tradesman.

Simon Farey, 35, has seen off competition from tradesmen and women across the region, and is now in with a chance of getting through to the national final where one person will win the title, and a new Toyota PROACE van.

Simon, who trades under the name East Weald Carpentry and Joinery, will compete against other finalists from across the region. He said his passion, customer service and attention to detail will help him impress the judges.

Simon said: “I’ve been in the business for 12 years and believe that the relationship between client and contractor is the key to success. I always go out of my way to keep customers up-to-date on work, giving daily progress reports and flagging any issues that may incur costs. I get on so well with some of the people that I work for that they leave me to do work whilst they are away. I have been known to sign for deliveries on their behalf if they ask me too, even if it’s a three-piece suite.”

Screwfix marketing director, John Mewett said: “It’s the fourth year Screwfix has searched the nation to find Britain’s Top Tradesman, and every year the standard gets higher.

“The award is only given to those who can prove they excel in their business, and Simon is a great example of this due to his skill and determination to succeed. Along with our other regional finalists, he has demonstrated his willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done. It’s certainly going to be no easy task to pick the winner who will go through to the national final in Wembley.”

The heat in London will take place at the Park Royal Screwfix store, on October 22.