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Britain's got tradesman!

Entries have been flooding in from Anglesey tradesmen for the chance to be named Britain’s Top Tradesman – with an incredible prize available for the lucky winner. From the entries received so far, there have been some heroic acts and gestures. Some have battled through snow and ice to get the job done, while others help elderly customers to get essential repairs done for free.

Many have diversified their businesses to make it through the recession – and all are keen to get their hands on the Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesman title. One Anglesey tradesman who has been quick off the mark to get his entry in is 48 Year old electrician, Nick Blakeley. Nick, from Anglesey, is a self employed electrician who prides himself on listening to his customers and his attention to health & safety. On one recent job Nick’s skills were put to the test when he discovered that an entire house was live with electricity because of a fault in the central heating system - risking the family’s life every time they even washed their hands. Nick comments: “I arrived at a call out to find a woman sitting on the floor shaking. I discovered a fault in the immersion heater which meant that as soon as she touched the tap and put her foot in the bath tub at the same time she had a huge electric shock. It’s a miracle she wasn’t killed.” Nick, who was a mobile DJ in a present life, was certainly a hit with the family when he fixed the fault and made sure they were safe from another nasty shock. Nick is now hoping to be in the running to be crowned Britain’s Top Tradesman 2011 – and win a van of his choice, manufactured by Ford, up to the value of £27,000. John Mewett, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “We’ve had some really great entrants who exemplify what we are looking for in a top tradesman, and Nick is a great example of that.”

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