Jewson launches ‘Building Better Communities’ competition

Jewson launches ‘Building Better Communities’ competition

Jewson has announced the details of its fourth Building Better Communities competition, which gives tradespeople the chance to apply for a share of a £250,000 prize fund.

Tradespeople can enter by putting forward a good cause for a chance to win a share of £250,000 in building materials, with two top prizes of up to £50,000. The competition opened on 9 April 2018 and entrants have until 9 May 2018 to submit an application.

Building Better Communities has a range of categories which reward both community projects and heroes of the building trade.

After launching its Trade Hero category in 2017, Jewson is giving more to the trade this year with £100,000 of the total prize fund put aside to support those in the industry.

Builder and founder of the Band of Builders, Addam Smith, was named as the winner of the Trade Hero Award in 2017 and has since used the prize of £50,000 worth of building materials, to transform the lives of two fellow tradesmen.

Thierry Dufour, Managing Director at Jewson, explains: “Our Trade Hero award was launched last year and we were overwhelmed by the entries and stories we heard. Working with last year’s winners, Band of Builders, we’ve helped improve the lives of several tradespeople and their families, but it’s also showed us there are many more people out there who need assistance. So while we’re looking for entries for builders who want to help local projects do important building work, we’re opening up the prize this year to support tradespeople who’ve always helped others but now need a hand themselves.”

A further £150,000 of the Building Better Communities fund will also be awarded to community groups who are in need of a boost.

After a shortlisting process and a public vote, the winning projects will be announced on 3 July 2018 at a ceremony hosted by celebrity architect, George Clarke.

George commented: “The funds donated as part of the Building Better Communities competition are making a huge difference to local charities and community groups across Great Britain, and can do the same for others. We know there are groups doing great work on a daily basis, so it’s an honour to be supporting them and I’m really looking forward to learning about this year’s entries.”

Tradespeople and community groups can submit their nomination here.

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