Finalists of 2015 Trades Awards Face Final Hurdle

The search for North East Scotland’s top tradesmen came to an exciting close this week (Thursday 30 April 2015) as the finalists prepared to meet the judging panel for the last time.

Xcite Media, the company behind the annual Trades Awards, hosted a lunch for the 35 finalists and judges at Aberdeen’s Trinity Hall – home of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Designed to showcase knowledge, experience and integrity of the region’s joiners, builders, plumbers, electricians and other skilled workers, the awards are now in their third year.

The judging panel, which includes a selection of Aberdeen’s business community, were able to pose questions to the finalists before making their final decisions on who the winners will be. Winners will be announced at a black tie dinner on Friday, 12th June 2015 at Pittodrie Stadium.

The twelve categories at this year’s awards are:


  • Trades Employer of the Year (sponsored by Richard Irvin Energy Solutions)
  • Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Stewart Milne Group)
  • Best Trades Business (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses)
  • Health and Safety (sponsored by Safety Scotland)
  • Home Improvement – Exterior (sponsored by Flexistore)
  • Best in Customer Service (sponsored by Public Loss Adjusters.Com)
  • Best Use of Innovation (sponsored by Eyecandy Graphics)
  • Home Improvement – Interior (sponsored by Simply Self Storage)
  • Tradesman of the Year (sponsored by Original 106 FM)
  • New Business Award (sponsored by Clark Commercials)
    • Announced on night
  • Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Grampian Continental)
    • Announced on night

Each applicant was eligible to enter a maximum of three categories each and each award winner will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

Main event sponsor, The Stewart Milne Group, outlined the benefits and potential opportunities available for trades businesses as well the organisations plans for 2015.

Darren Ross, Director at Xcite Media Ltd, commented, “We were delighted to welcome and acknowledge the shortlisted finalists at this years Trades Awards 2015 finalists lunch. We received such a high calibre of entries this year so I do not envy the task of the judging panel. The awards are a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work tradesman have undertaken in the past year, and we have come to identify some real unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond in the trades sector. We look forward to unveiling the winners at our ceremony in June.”

Neil Thomson, Construction Director of Stewart Milne Homes, said: “‘With the ‘North East Trades Awards 2015’, shaping up to be the most exciting event yet, it is the ideal opportunity for tradespeople and trades businesses to showcase their knowledge and experience, share their customer reviews and experiences, and at the same time receive the deserved recognition and reward. This is a hugely exciting time to be working within the construction industry, as many successful businesses, including Stewart Milne Group, are currently recruiting skilled trades as part of their ongoing growth plans. Thanks to all those who applied, and we wish the finalists the very best of luck.’

The awards ceremony is now sold out however there are some remaining sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested please contact Lucy Alphonse on 01224 626000 or email

  • Stewart Milne Group
  • 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