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Martin Warnes from Harwich, Essex has today been announced on an exclusive shortlist to win the prestigious UK Plumber of the Year 2019 title. Launched by JT, the UK’s leading shower tray manufacturer in partnership with Bristan, the UK’s largest shower and tap company and Wolseley, the competition aims to find the nation’s top plumbing talent.

After being overwhelmed with entries from all over the UK, a judging panel from partners Watersafe have selected Martin as one of ten plumbers to go into the next stage of the competition.

Marking five years since the competition began, UK Plumber of the Year has continued to call together the nation’s plumbers in a bid to find Britain’s finest. The competition is designed to reward and recognise the remarkable talents within the UK’s plumbing industry and ask entrants to demonstrate their plumbing, service and business skills.

The five plumbers with the most votes will be invited to an interview session with the judging panel, made up of experts from JT, Bristan, Wolseley and Watersafe, who will then decide the winner. The UK Plumber of the Year 2019 will win £15,000 worth of prizes, including JT, Bristan and Wolseley products/vouchers plus products from Proper Job Beer Rothenberger, BigWipes, Vendigo Finance, Fortress Distribution and Chapter 8.

Martin, who works for M L Warnes Plumbing & Gas Services, said: “I’ve worked my way up from an unpaid role to running a small successful business, so to gain this level of recognition is amazing”

John Schofield, sales and marketing director of JT, added: “Congratulations to Martin. We were particularly impressed with how he built a team around him and secured a national contract. We wish him the best of luck in the competition.”

To vote for Martin, go to The deadline for votes is Thursday 22nd August 2019.