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Nationwide hunt for local trades coronavirus heroes begins

By Alan Beresford

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THE search is on for tradespeople who have gone above and beyond to help out their local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nominate your local trades hero for going that extra mile during the pandemic.
Nominate your local trades hero for going that extra mile during the pandemic.

The ‘local hero’ awards, which have been launched by UK manufacturer and retailer SGS Engineering, 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 £1000 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 explained: “We’ve heard so many stories about tradespeople helping out their communities – 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.

Entry closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 7.

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, March 15.

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, March 31.

Further information about the Local Hero Awards can be found at https://www.sgs-engineering.com/help-advice/sgs-local-hero-awards-open-for-entries/

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