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SGS Local Hero Awards 2024: Hunt for “Hero” Tradesperson Launches for 4th Year

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SGS Engineering the leading UK gas strut manufacturer and tool retailer, is launching its annual Local Hero Awards, asking the country to nominate a generous tradesperson. 

The fourth edition of the Local Hero Awards has been launched by SGS Engineering to shine a light on the most thoughtful plumbers, builders, mechanics, electricians, joiners, gardeners, and tradespeople, who have put others first with their kindness and generosity. 

2023’s winner, Chris Griffiths, from Neston on the Wirral, received a nomination for offering half-priced work for OAPs and for offering free some small jobs to help people in his local area. Chris even donated his cash prize to fund good work in his local community, proving himself to be a worthy local hero.  

One national winner will be awarded a £1,000 cash prize, while up to five regional winners will each take home cash prizes worth £250. 

Discussing the awards, Neil Sansom, CEO at SGS Engineering, said: “Previous years of the awards have shone a light on some of the wonderful tradespeople across the UK who are going above and beyond for their customers and the public. 

“We heard about so many acts of kindness by others. Graham Nash of Pinnacle Builders in Leeds was voted the winner in 2021 for his work repairing the damage done by cowboy builders, and James Anderson of D.E.P.H.E.R. in Burnley won in 2022 for offering community plumbing work for vulnerable and elderly individuals. 

“We believe that these selfless people and their acts of kindness should be celebrated, and that’s why we’re excited to launch the fourth edition of the ‘Local Hero Awards’. 

“If you know of a worthy tradesperson who has gone above and beyond to make the world a better place, then let us know – a £1,000 cash prize could be the perfect way to thank them for their kindness.” 

People can nominate a local hero online; it’s free and easy to do via the entry form. Complete each entry with as much information as possible on the tradesperson and how they have helped others. 

Key dates to remember

  • Entries open on Tuesday 2nd April 2024 and close on Tuesday 30th April 2024.
  • The SGS team will review all entries and a shortlist of finalists will be announced on Friday 3rd May 2024.
  • A poll will then be opened on Friday 3rd May 2024, allowing the public to vote for an overall national winner and up to five regional winners, which will be crowned on Friday 10th May.  


  • Overall national winner: £1,000 cash prize 
  • Regional winner (Scotland): £250 cash prize 
  • Regional winner (Northern England): £250 cash prize 
  • Regional winner (Midlands & Southern England): £250 cash prize 
  • Regional winner (Wales): £250 cash prize 
  • Regional winner (Northern Ireland): £250 cash prize 

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