A TOWN plumber is in the pipeline for a national award after flushing out his rivals in his quest for glory.
Mark London has reached the regional finals of the Britain’s Top Tradesman competition, and is setting his sights on a trip to Wembley for the national finals.
Mark, 39, set up his own business - First Choice Bathroom and Property Services - in May last year after years of working for other builders and gaining qualifications at college.
He was encouraged to enter the competition when he called into Screwfix in Hartlepool, with the national building supply chain sponsoring the event.
And was delighted to hear that he was in the running for the main prize, which is £28,000 truck for the business.
Mark, who lives in Brierton Lane, said: “I never normally enter competitions, but I saw a leaflet where last year’s winner said he never thought it would happen to him, so I just thought ‘why not?’
“The last year has gone really well since I went on my own, I enjoy my work.
“I know I’m never going to be a millionaire, but as long as I can provide a good service for people and keep my prices right then I’ll be happy.
“It’s nice to be recognised for being a good worker, and it would be lovely to get to Wembley for the national finals.”
Mark, who is married to Sara, 38, and dad to Lauren, 20, 18-year-old Jack who works as an apprentice for him, and Chloe, a 16-year-old student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, will take part in the regional final at Gateshead next Wednesday.
Screwfix marketing director John Mewett said: “Mark has made it through to the regional finals because he has shown a real dedication to sharing best practice within the industry, whilst delivering a high quality service.
“All of our regional finalists are chosen because they have been able to demonstrate dedication to their profession and a commitment to delivering great customer service, always willing to go the ‘extra mile’ to get the job done.
“This year’s grand final will be held at Wembley Stadium and with only one person from each regional heat able to secure a place it is bound to be an exciting and close competition.
“I would like to wish Mark the best of luck in his heat.”