Two carpenters are one step closer to being crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023, after reaching the final 10 of the national award.

Astrid Arnold and Brendan Boyle will now compete against eight other top tradespeople at the national final later this month to be crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023.

Astrid, 48, has more than 20 years of experience in the trade and impressed judges during the semi-final stage with a drive and passion which recently saw her launch a range of practical courses on DIY and carpentry skills, specifically for females.

Brendan, 30, has 16 years of experience in the trade and impressed judges during the semi-final stage with his commitment to fostering new talent as it enters the industry, through the apprentices employed at his own business, and his work with local colleges.

Screwfix Top Tradesperson attracted more than 1000 applications this year, with just 10 making the final stage. The final will take place at Screwfix live on Friday 22nd September, where Astrid and Brendan will have the chance to highlight their professionalism, dedication and commitment to the trade in front of a panel of industry experts.

The panel includes representatives from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), and Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2022 champion, Toby Peacock.

Only one tradesperson will be crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson and receive a trade bundle of tech, tools and training worth £20,000, while earning themselves a spot in the Screwfix Top Tradesperson Hall of Fame.

“I’m really passionate about supporting those entering the industry, and would love to use the prize to grow my business and ultimately support more women and younger people to consider a career in the trade," says Astrid. "To be crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson would be a dream come true!”

Brendan, who is the co-director of B A Boyle and Son Ltd, adds: “I’m really proud to have made it to the final of this coveted award. Having worked hard to establish myself and my business, I am now passionate about making sure our industry has the right talent entering it to support its long term success. To be crowned Screwfix Top Tradesperson would really help me to spread the message of how rewarding a career in the trades can be!”

Jack Wallace, MD at Screwfix and judge of the competition, says: “At Screwfix, we know how invaluable tradespeople are to both our economy and the local communities in which they work. Our Screwfix Top Tradesperson competition shines a light on inspirational tradespeople who go above and beyond for their customers, their colleagues, and the next generation of tradespeople, day in, day out.

“The previous winners of the award are truly outstanding professionals, role models and ambassadors for the trade, and earned their spot in the Top Tradesperson Hall of Fame. I’m looking forward to crowning our 2023 champion in September and wish all the finalists the very best of luck!”