Plumbing and heating engineer from Kilkeel reaches final of Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2021

A Kilkeel plumbing and heating engineer celebrates after waving goodbye to hundreds of other craftsmen to reach the final of the famed Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2021 competition.

Damian Sherry, 33, is shortlisted and will join nine other worthy entrants from the UK and Ireland to compete to win the coveted title.

With 12 years of experience as a plumbing and heating engineer, Damian was selected after demonstrating a genuine passion for the profession and demonstrating his exceptional skills, drive and determination to go the extra mile for his customers.

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Damian Sherry, 33, has been in the business for 12 years and owns Damian Sherry Plumbing & Heating

Damian started his own company two years ago after struggling with his mental health, which was partly the result of difficulties at work. Since then, with the freedom to be his own boss and a great passion for helping others, Damian’s business has continued to grow and now has a young apprentice working for him.

As part of his ongoing commitment to giving back, Damian was involved in various operations at Nightingale hospitals during the peak of the pandemic, supporting the local community at night and on weekends by completing emergency calls.

The level of the 10 finalists is unbelievably high and Damian, who runs Damian Sherry Plumbing & Heating, will try to impress a jury with his examples of excellent craftsmanship and dedication to the craft during a two-day virtual closing event in September.

The winner will be crowned at Screwfix LIVE and will take home the ultimate prize bundle of £20,000 comprising technology, tools and training.

Damian Sherry hopes to be crowned winner of the Screwfix Top Tradesperson competition this year

Damian, said: “I really enjoy helping and guiding young people starting out in the profession, I think it’s incredibly rewarding to share my knowledge and watch them grow. I’m really happy to make the final of this fantastic competition and believe that my experience and skills would make me a strong and committed ambassador for Screwfix.”

Simon Jackson, Customer and Digital director at Screwfix, added: “We recognize the importance of supporting the merchants in our nations, and we want to reward them for their hard work and for continuously supporting their customers and local communities. We’ve seen a lot of high quality entrants this year and our top ten finalists have done an incredible job of getting this far. I look forward to meeting the finalists as we strive to crown one high caliber person as Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2021. I would like to congratulate Damian on reaching the finals and wish all finalists the best of luck.”

In the final, Damian will face a panel of leading judges, including representatives from the NICEIC, CIPHE, FMB and 2019 winner Darren McGhee.

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