The search for UK Plumber of the Year 2017 launched on 3 April, recognising the remarkable level of talented tradespeople across the UK, with another huge prize fund for the worthy winner.

The initial round of nominations asks plumbers to put themselves forward for the award by showcasing one job from the past year outlining their outstanding skill and professionalism.

From this round of nominations, official judging partner WaterSafe will shortlist 15 stand out entries in July, which must then campaign to gather as many votes as possible to reach the final five.

The UK Plumber of the Year 2017 will then be chosen from the final five entries based upon their professionalism and skill by a panel which will include WaterSafe Chairman Chris Sneath MBE.

Mr Sneath was awarded his MBE in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding service to the heating and plumbing sectors. As a former president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), he has worked to unite the industry in raising standards.

Mr was a founding Director of the WaterSafe scheme in 2013, which is backed by all water companies in the UK and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, and provides an online directory of plumbing businesses in the UK who are trained to meet the strict regulations for installing pipes and fittings which supply drinking water.

“It’s a great honour to join the UK Plumber of the Year competition as the official judge, we are looking forward to recognising the remarkable level of talent and professionalism that plumbers up and down the country have to offer,” he said.

An incredible opportunity for plumbers, be sure to keep an eye on @UKPOTY on Twitter and for more information.

Pictured: Last year's winner, Shaun Scott