Judges Announce Northeast Trades Awards Shortlist

An independent panel of judges today announces the shortlisted entrants in the Northeast Trades Awards. Now in its second year, the awards aim to showcase the knowledge, experience and integrity of the areas’ trades businesses and the people behind them.

Entrants in with the chance of raising an award on the night are:

Home Improvement – Interior (sponsored by Simply Self Storage)

  • FM Construction
  • Murray Stevenson Joiner and Building Contractors

Home Improvement – Exterior (sponsored by Flexistore)

  • Dab Den
  • Wayne Combe Roofing

Tradesperson of the Year – public vote (sponsored by TradesAdvisor)

  • Derek Thomson, HOHO Designs
  • Mark Kennedy, Mark Kennedy Heating Solutions
  • Mikey Stephen, EWF Electrical Services Ltd
  • Murray Stevenson, Murray Stevenson Joiner and Building Contractors
  • Phill Gray, PhillG Services
  • Darren Redford, Bon Accord Electrical and Plumbing

Contribution to Charity (sponsored by Glencraft)

  • Aberdeen Gardening Services Ltd
  • Eye Candy Graphics

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Safety Scotland)

  • Glencraft
  • GutterZ

Trades Employer of the Year (sponsored by Richard Irvin)

  • Glencraft
  • R. Davidson Painters and Decorators

Best in Customer Service (sponsored by Enterprise Business Centres)

  • Eric Rae and Son
  • Mark Kennedy Heating Solutions
  • Murray Stevenson Joiner and Building Contractors

New Business Award (sponsored by Dynamic Edge)

  • EWF Electrical Services Ltd
  • Aberdeen Gardening Services Ltd

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by GPH Builders Merchants)

  • Callum Ferguson, Bancon
  • Ryan Neish, R. Davidson Painters and Decorators

Best use of Innovation (sponsored by Eye Candy Graphics)

  • Dab Den
  • GutterZ

Best Trades Business: 0-10 employees (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses)

  • Eric Rae and Sons
  • FM Construction
  • Mark Kennedy Heating Solutions
  • Wayne Combe Roofing

Best Trades Business: 11+ employees (sponsored by Grampian Continental)

  • Bon Accord Glass
  • Glencraft
  • R. Davidson Painters and Decorators

Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by R Davidson Painters and Decorators)

  • To be announced at the awards evening

Judging panellist and Managing Director of CALA Homes (North), Mike Naysmith comments: “The breadth and quality of entries to the awards was excellent and it was a tough task to narrow them down.

“The shortlisted entries give an impressive snapshot of the excellent work being done in the trades sector across the region. No matter who the winners are, CALA Homes is proud to be associated with an event that recognises such outstanding businesses.”

Darren Ross, Director at Xcite Media says: “We were bowled over by the fantastic response from the region’s trades businesses, receiving a record number of entries for this year’s awards. This is a testament to the brilliant trades work that is being supplied in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, and I count myself lucky to be exposed to such genuine, talented and knowledgeable traders.

“This is the first time we’ve opened up categories to the public and the response has been great. They helped us identify some amazing potential tradesmen of the year, which will now be interviewed by an independent judge and further marked upon a site visit.

“With regard to the rest of the categories, although they would love to, unfortunately the panel can’t shortlist everybody. We would like to thank each and every one for taking the time to show us why you are making such a difference within the trade community, and to members of the public.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all shortlisted entrants. The competition is really close and we can’t wait to find a bit more about our finalists, and of course, crown the winners!

Winners will be announced at a lavish awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at Aberdeen Football Club.

For further information or to book a table log onto www.tradesawards.com or call 01224 626000.


  • 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