Trades awards ceremony moved online after event put on ice

The winners of The Trades Awards were due to be announced in June, however celebrations were postponed due to Covid-19.

Trades awards ceremony moved online after event put on ice

An awards ceremony that celebrates the North East trades and construction industry will be hosted virtually for the first time in its eight-year history in response to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Trades Awards will be screened online in place of its black-tie ceremony, which annually brings together more than 400 people.

This year’s winners were due to be announced in June, however celebrations were put on ice due to the lockdown restrictions.

Event organisers Mearns & Gill have welcomed the move to online as it now opens the awards up to a potentially larger audience.

Mike Wilson, managing director of Mearns & Gill, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting The Trades Awards at some of the best venues across the North East and nothing will replace the feeling of being in a room with your industry peers to celebrate the best and brightest in the industry. 

“However, our mentality has always been to have the best celebration we can and the virtual Trades Awards will be no different. The change to online allows us to plan safely and responsibly, whilst opening up the celebrations for even more people to attend. 

“This also means that entire companies are now able to experience the exact moment their colleagues pick up a trophy. 

“Family members and friends of our outstanding individuals can share in their success, and we do hope that everyone will still dress up for the occasion.

“As always, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to ensure we’re giving our finalists the night they deserve.”

The virtual awards will take place on Friday, October 9. Reserve your place by emailing

Finalists for The Trades Awards 2020

Sustainability in Construction, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers

  • Forster Group
  • Glulam Solutions
  • K R Group

Rising Star, sponsored by Glulam Solutions

  • Freya Eardley, Waterloo Quay Properties
  • Victoria Gray, Barratt Homes
  • Gemma Kelly, KelDecor
  • Lynsey Gilbert, Forster Group

Home/Building Improvement, sponsored by Flexistore

  • Hyve Architect
  • Kishorn Insulations
  • MJS Landscaping
  • Dontay Contracts

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Nicol of Skene

  • Ethan Thompson, Barratt Homes
  • Ryan MacIsaac, Stewart Milne Homes
  • Steph Barron, Stewart Milne Homes

Outstanding Customer Service, sponsored by Barratt Homes

  • Kore Technology Solutions
  • Stewart Milne Homes
  • CALA Homes
  • MJS Landscaping

Tradesperson of the Year

  • Phil Kerr, Stewart Milne Homes
  • Gavin Strachan, GJS Joinery

Best New Business, sponsored by STV

  • Bespoke Decorators
  • Kishorn Insulations
  • Trade Secrets

Site Manager of the Year, sponsored by CALA Homes

  • Graeme Mann, Stewart Milne Homes
  • John Dawson, Barratt Homes
  • Ryan Fenton, Stewart Milne Homes

Excellence in Health & Safety, sponsored by Safety Scotland

  • Nicol of Skene
  • Stewart Milne Group
  • Space Solutions

Above and Beyond

  • Chris Snee, Stewart Milne Homes
  • Grant MacAllister, Barratt Homes
  • Michelle Forth, Safety Scotland

Small Trades Business of the Year

  • 1 Call Property Maintenance
  • Hyve Architects
  • K R Group

Large Trades Business of the Year, sponsored by JKR Contractors

  • Barratt Homes
  • Nicol of Skene

Construction Project of the Year 

  • Places for People, The Retirement Village, Chapelton
  • RJM Architectural Design, Seomar, Ury Estate
  • RJM Architectural Design, The Haughs, Rothienorman
  • Glulam Solutions, Merkinch Primary School
  • CMB Builders, Cragietocher Tower

An award for Outstanding Contribution will also be presented on the evening. 

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