Steve Bartin has been crowned the 2018 UK Plumber of the Year.

A judging panel comprising experts from JT, Bristan, Wolseley UK and WaterSafe shortlisted 18 plumbers across the UK, who then went head to head to win public votes, and the six individuals with the highest number of votes went through to the final stage.

In the final stage, which involved a 30-minute interview with the judging panel at Bristan HQ in Tamworth, Steve managed to impress the judges with his qualifications, his experience, and his views on the future of the industry.

Steve started his working life as an apprentice 23 years ago, and is now offering a helping hand to the next generation, having already supported three young adults through apprenticeships. Plug and Chain, Steve’s Taunton-based business, specialises in the design, supply and installation of bathrooms.

Along with his title as UK Plumber of the Year for 2018, Steve also wins his share of a prize pot including JT, Bristan, and Wolseley UK products, plus prizes from Proper Job Beer, Rothenberger, Job Man Workwear, BigWipes, and HomeBoost.

Steve said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win the competition, it’s an honour to call myself the UK Plumber of the Year. I’ve been in the industry for 23 years and I feel like all those extra hours and dedication have paid off. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me in the second stage of the competition and if anyone needs an award-winning plumber in Somerset, you know where I am!”

The regional winners and other finalists in the competition were:

  • Scott White, Scotland

  • Matthew Stoves, North of England

  • John Nicholls, Midlands and East

  • James Elmy, London

  • Robbie Hawkins, Wales