Ellon man, named runner up at UK contest

Neil Birnie, a heating engineer from Ellon has been named a runner up in this year's Britain's Top Tradesman competition.
Neil Birnie, a heating engineer from Ellon has been named a runner up in this year's Britain's Top Tradesman competition.

An Ellon man has been named a runner up in the UK’s National Tradesman competition.

Heating engineer, Neil Birnie, took part in the contest which was held in Wembley, London, on November 5.

Local lad, Neil, who runs NB Renewables, impressed the judges with his hard work and commitment in establishing the business just six months ago.

After Neil was made redundant from his job in Inverurie he decided to set up his own business.

Neil said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this special recognition from Screwfix, in addition to winning the title for Scotland last month, which was very special for me.

“I strive for excellence in customer service and always go that extra mile for my customers. My company can design and supply the full range of renewable and supporting technology for any project.

“I am passionate about protecting the environment and like to help customers to do their bit, and save them money on their bills at the same time.

“The business has really taken off, and to get this recognition from Screwfix is a real pat on the back for us!”

Screwfix Marketing Director, John Mewett, said: “Britain’s Top Tradesman, is a nationwide search to find and recognise the best in the business.

“Neil goes above and beyond for his customers and demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and passion. What’s more, he had great feedback from his customers, does remarkable work for the local community and is a fantastic example to others in the industry.”

Neil and the other runner up, Steve Friel, an electrician from Coventry will receive a special award from Screwfix.

The competition winner was joiner, Tom Ball, from Stockport, who will receive keys to a PROACE van from Toyota.