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Carpenter could be our best tradesman
A SWINDON carpenter is in line to be crowned the country’s best tradesman and receive the keys to a new van worth almost £30,000.
Nathan Gillett, 43, of Abbey View Road, Moredon, has been a carpenter for 25 years in the town and is on the cusp of receiving the biggest of rewards from DIY supplier Screwfix.
The nationwide distributor is co-ordinating Britain’s Top Tradesman, which will run through a host of regional finals before a grand finale in Wembley on November 5, where the winner will drive away with a Toyota Proace van worth £27,000.
Yesterday, at the South West regional final in Exeter, Nathan was questioned by organisers on himself and how he conducts himself as a businessman. Nathan’s chances of reaching the London final were greatly improved by the withdrawal of three rivals, leaving just one other in the regional contest.
He will find out the outcome of yesterday’s questioning before the end of the week, though he found it too tough to assess how he had done shortly afterwards.
“It went pretty good, but you never know until you get the phone call,” he said.
Nathan comes from a trade background, with his father a labourer, his grandfather a bricklayer, an uncle who is a bricklayer and another uncle who is an electrician.
“I grew up on a building site pretty much,” he said.
“When I left school I did a general building course with joinery before moving onto carpentry. I had received certificates and stuff for my woodwork at school, so I suppose I was always handy at it.”
Nathan runs his own self-titled company, Nathan Gillett Carpentry.
“When doing a job, I’m clean, tidy, prompt and reliable and I always quote a realistic price,” said Nathan.
“You’ve got to be conscientious. You’ve got to want to do every job you are paid to do, otherwise your mind wanders and the job suffers.”
Screwfix marketing director John Mewett said: “It’s the fourth year Screwfix has searched the nation to find Britain’s Top Tradesman, and every year the standard gets higher.
“The award is only given to those who can prove they excel in their business, and Nathan is a great example of this due to his skill and determination to succeed.
“Along with our other regional finalists, he has demonstrated his willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done.
“It’s certainly going to be no easy task to pick the winner who will go through to the national final in Wembley.”
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