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Following the success of last year’s inaugural competition, the LPB Plumbing Awards are back!

This is not a popularity contest or a PR exercise. These awards are about celebrating those who are making a genuine impact on the plumbing community.

Last year’s winner was Ian Briggs from IRB Heating, who picked up his trophy from none other than boxing legend, Sir Frank Bruno, at the 2023 Installer Show. Ian was nominated multiple times for LPB’s Plumbers’ Plumber of the Year Award for embodying everything the awards stand for. “I was very appreciative of being nominated – and being lucky enough to win the award,” he says. “I don’t usually do things like that!”

Join us in celebrating plumbing’s best!

We all know someone within the industry who deserves special recognition. And as passionate advocates of the plumbing profession, Robert Lawton and PB Plumber’s Peter Booth are teaming up to ensure its unsung heroes are given the recognition they deserve.

Whether it’s a long-serving colleague who’s always got time for others or an up-and-coming apprentice whose enthusiasm knows no bounds, the LPB Plumbing Awards are your chance to let those exceptional members of the plumbing community know what a difference they make!

“We are incredibly passionate about engaging with the industry and ways to constantly improve it; the more people we meet within the plumbing community, the more inspired we feel to connect with its members,” says Robert Lawton. “The LPB Awards is a way to commend those who are making the plumbing industry a better place and helping it thrive!”

The awards – and what’s up for grabs

There are two awards up for grabs: the Plumbers’ Plumber of the Year Award and the Plumber’s Apprentice of the Year Award. Both are now open for you to put forward your chosen nominees, with prizes including a slap-up meal with Robert Lawton and PB Plumber and a coveted copper trophy for the well-deserved winners.

The Plumbers’ Plumber of the Year Award recognises a well-established plumber who’s generously shared their knowledge with new starters, or someone who’s given advice and encouragement to fellow plumbers whether professionally or with their mental health.

“Being nominate for Plumbers’ Plumber of the Year Award was a very big thing for me,” says 2023 Runner-up Gavin Plumley (aka Pablo), who works as a freelance emergency plumber for Valkyrie. “I’m a traditional plumber; the fact that I’d even be considered for such an award really touched me.”

“It’s fantastic Lawton are recognising people in the industry from all aspects of plumbing,” adds fellow runner-up Karen Boot, aka Kaz from Kaz Gas Heating and Plumbing Solutions Ltd. “I felt really honoured to be voted for by other plumbers.”

New for 2024

New for this year is the Plumber’s Apprentice of the Year Award. We’re looking to honour the apprentice that goes the extra mile in their organisation and promises to be a future star in the plumbing community. So, if you know of a plumbing apprentice who has profoundly impressed their colleagues and college, why not nominate them?!

Make a nomination

Nominations are now open for LPB’s Plumbers’ Plumber of the Year Award and Plumber’s Apprentice of the Year Award – just click on the relevant link to nominate your chosen plumber or apprentice!

Finalists will be invited to the Installer Show 2024 where the winner will be announced at 2pm on the 26th of June 2024.