Celebrating excellence within construction – Balancing humility with pride

Trades_and the winner_is_2018_0.2


I was lucky enough to be part of the team who launched the Trades Awards, way back in January 2012. Despite the fact that this was a brand new awards ceremony, with no track record or list of previous winners, the Trades Awards seemed to capture the imagination of the North-east construction industry, and they immediately showed their support, and continue to do so.

In 2012, we welcomed 180 guests to the first black tie ceremony at Aberdeen Football Club, and this year we expect to welcome over 400 guests to Ardoe House, for what has become the largest event of its kind in Scotland.

The success of the Trades Awards is entirely due to the people and companies who have got behind it. From sponsors and partners, to our dedicated panel of judges, to the individuals who have worked into the night, after a full day of work, to complete their application form in time. For all of these supporters, our team works hard to ensure that the Trades Awards continue to provide a platform for the industry to share good news, examples of excellence, and to remind people that the construction industry is full of incredible career opportunities, whatever your background or goals.

The construction industry is typically a humble industry, preferring to ‘get the job done’ rather than shout about successes, but there is so much excellent work being done in the North-east, we strongly recommend you to take this opportunity to share positive stories of your company, your team, and your happy customers.

Each year our panel of judges are blown away by the levels of professionalism, passion, personality and skill that come across in both the applications, and during the interviews with finalists. Each year, they think that the standard cannot be topped, and each year it is. Each year, more companies decide to balance the fore-mentioned humility with pride for their work, company or team, and they decide to take a chance by filling in one of the application forms.

So, if you can spare 5 minutes before the 26th February, which is the application deadline for Trades Awards 2018, why not take a little time out to reflect on the past couple of years? Think of your achievements, the obstacles that you have overcome, your happy customers and happy, talented team, and then consider sharing your story with the industry. After all, there are no wrong answers – no one knows your business better than you!

If you need a little inspiration, why not watch the official video of the launch of Trades Awards 2018, or some of our interviews with previous winners.

Video of official launch of Trades Awards 2018

Interview with winner of Best Apprentice 2017

Interview with winner of Trades Innovation 2017

Interview with winner of Home/Building Improvement Interior 2017

If you have any questions about the Trades Awards application process, or about the awards in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on isla.stewart@mearns-gill.com or call 01224 646311.

And if you decide to take that leap of faith this year, we wish you the very best of luck!


Isla, on behalf of everyone at the Trades Awards


  • Stewart Milne Group
  • www.wmdonald.com
  • AACP
  • Barratt Homes
  • Cala Homes
  • Evening Express
  • Flexistore Aberdeen
  • Glulam Solutions
  • GPH Builders Merchants
  • Life property Management
  • Nicol of Skene
  • Richard Irvin
  • Safety Scotland
  • Thorpe Molloy
  • Mearns and Gill