A brickie from Bo’ness has been named Britain’s best tradesperson after winning a national competition.
Richie Maxwell, who lived in Bo’ness until he was 27 before moving to Tillicoultry with his family, had travelled to Wembley on July 14 for the final of the Screwfix competition which aims to find the country’s top tradesperson.
Around 6000 people had entered hoping to be crowned champion, however the list was cut to just 11 finalists and Richie was one of them.
The 30-year-old was over the moon to have made the final. He said: “To get this far is amazing.
“I have always wanted to work in the trade sector ever since I was a young lad and I worked hard to deliver the best levels of service and skill.
“It was great to be recognised for my efforts and commitment to my customers.”
Richie headed to the final not knowing what to expect. He said: “I thought I was in with a chance but to be honest I never thought I would win overall.”
On the day Richie was interviewed by a panel of industry experts where he had to prove to them why he should be crowned Britain’s top tradesperson.
John Mewett, marketing director at Screwfix, said: “It was a privilege to highlight the great work being done by tradespeople up and down the country.”
The panel included representatives from Screwfix, the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering and the electrical trade body NICEIC.
During the course of the interview he explained how long he had been in the trade, how he runs his business RDM Elite, and what he thinks made him stand out.
Richie and the other ten finalists were then given a tour of the stadium before heading home, all waiting to see who would be chosen as the winner.
It was not until a week later Richie received a phone call letting him know he had won the title of top tradesperson as well as a new van worth £32,000.
He said: “I think it was a combination of a lot of things that made me stand out as a winner.
“I think I have the right personality for my trade. I can connect with customers and also help inspire and motivate colleagues.
“I think the judges saw these as good qualities to have and possibly saw me as a good ambassador for the industry.
“It was an amazing feeling to win and took a while to sink in but now I can proudly say I am Britain’s top tradesperson.”