North East Trades Awards 2015 Judges Reveal Finalists After Record Number of Entries


An independent panel of judges today (Monday, March 30th 2015) announce the shortlisted entrants in the Northeast Trades Awards after a receiving a record number of applications. Now in its third year, the Stewart Milne Group sponsored 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:

Trades Employer of the Year (sponsored by Richard Irvin Energy Solutions)

  • Glencraft
  • John G. Baird Ltd
  • Landform Ltd


Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Stewart Milne Group)

  • Graeme Baird, Aberdeen City Council
  • Liam Bruce, Scotia Homes
  • Mark Souter, Xtreme Business Solutions
  • Morgan Thomson, Andrew Cowie Construction
  • Neil Forsyth, North Group Ltd


Best Trades Business (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses)

  • FM Construction
  • Glencraft
  • Murray Stevenson Joiner and Building Contractor
  • Peterkin Homes


Health and Safety (sponsored by Safety Scotland)

  • Aberkil
  • GutterZ


Home Improvement – Exterior (sponsored by Flexistore)

  • Dab Den
  • FM Construction
  • Papillon Designs and Landscaping
  • Peterkin Homes


Best in Customer Service (sponsored by Public Loss Adjusters.Com)

  • AD Heating Ltd
  • CNG Design
  • EWF Electrical Services
  • Papillon Design and Landscaping


Best Use of Innovation (sponsored by Eyecandy Graphics)

  • Aberkil
  • Dab Den
  • Mark Kennedy Heating Solutions


Home Improvement – Interior (sponsored by Simply Self Storage)

  • CNG Design
  • FM Construction
  • Nina’s Apartment
  • Oh Sew Perfect
  • Treehouse


Tradesman of the Year (sponsored by Original 106 FM)

  • Alistair Anderson, Peterkin Homes
  • Brian Marshall, Brian Marshall Electrical Services
  • David Heap, D Heap Painting and Decorating
  • John McConnachie, FM Construction
  • Norman Anderson, Peterkin Homes


New Business Award (sponsored by Clark Commercials)

Announced on night


Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Grampian Continental)

Announced on night


Darren Ross, Director at Xcite Media Ltd comments, “The response to the Trades Awards this year has been overwhelming, with double the applications from last year, and three times the number of people registering to enter. It is not just the quantity of entries that has blown us away, but also the quality of those entries. The judges have had a tough time narrowing them down to the finalists. They are all a credit to the industry, which shows just a snapshot of the excellent work being done in the trades sector, and all are deserving of recognition for their hard work, talent and expertise. Unfortunately however, the judges cannot shortlist everybody.


“All of us here at the Trades Awards and Xcite Media, would like to thank each and every applicant for taking the time to show us why you are making such a difference within the trade community, and to members of the public.

“We’d also like to congratulate all shortlisted entrants. The competition is really close and we can’t wait to meet our finalists to find out a bit more about them, and of course, crown the winners!”

Neil Thomson, Construction Director of Stewart Milne Homes says, “It is a real honour to be involved in this year’s Trades Awards which recognises and rewards tradesmen and trades businesses throughout the North East of Scotland. It is great to see the growth of this event making this year the biggest and potentially most exciting year since its launch in 2013. As a judge, it is a real privilege to be working alongside the other judges and there was a real sense of excitement as we poured over the many remarkable applications within each category. The North East of Scotland truly has many talented tradesmen and trades businesses”


Finalists are now invited to a finalist’s lunch where they will meet the judges and discuss their applications in more detail. A site visit and interview will also be carried out for finalists within certain categories.


Winners will be announced at a lavish awards dinner and ceremony on Friday 12th June 2015 at Aberdeen Football Club.


The Trades Awards are organised and run by Xcite Media Ltd, the company behind The Scottish Home Show, Topsides UK and Scotland’s online rated tradesman directory


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

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  • Barratt Homes
  • Cala Homes
  • Flexistore Aberdeen
  • Glulam Solutions
  • James Gibb Residential Factors
  • Nicol of Skene
  • Safety Scotland
  • STV
  • Mearns and Gill