The Nation’s Top Trader

Despite the huge tradition of top tradesman in our region, to win a prize that marks you out as the very best in the country is still one ‘ell of an achievement! Well, as proud members of the North East business community, we’re absolutely delighted to play a part in one of our own regional tradesmen winning the prestigious ‘Screwfix Nation’s Top Trader’ award.

We’re not only promoting North East Electricals’ Darren landing the top prize; but we’ve had some involvement too, thanks to Toyota and Screwfix’s partnership. But this one isn’t really about us and we’ll keep it that way - we simply had the pleasure of helping to prepare and customise Darren’s brand new Hilux, as well as handing over the vehicle at his local Kingston Park Screwfix depot.

To bag his title of top tradesman, Darren had to take part in both local and national trials. The former were held in Peterlee, while the latter required Darren to travel all the way down to Wembley to be judged on his skills. Our winner couldn’t quite believe he’d got the award, with Darren adamant he stuttered and sweated his way through his interview. But his customer service and overall skill level must’ve counted for something, as he came out on top. This isn’t a surprise to his customers, though, as Darren’s online scoring is incredibly high with notable comments regarding his courteous manner when undertaking a job and his willingness to go that extra step to keep his customers happy (like helping an older client to get to the shops!).

If you see Darren around in his pretty noticeable new Hilux, give him a wave!

From everyone at Hodgson: well done, Darren, you’ve earned it.