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We’ve got a very special episode of Quids In for you today, it’s a Pitch at Palace special! On The Tools has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award which will be held at Buckingham Palace later this year so we need your votes!

We want to represent you guys who work so hard all year round. We want to celebrate you all, the people that keep this country moving forward. To make your vote count, click here and cast your vote for On The Tools.

Of course, alongside talking about all of this, we were also giving our audience the chance to win a bunch of different prizes. We’ve also got news, top tips, a hero of the week, caption this and of, course shoutouts. So let’s kick off the show with a bit of news!

News Headlines!

‘Over 75% of builders have charged extra to homeowners with a ‘posh’ name!’

Apparently, it found that over 75% of builders have charged homeowners extra due to their posh name. And it’s not just a posh name that bumps the price up either. The study also found that 81.5% of tradespeople charged more once they realised their client lived in a fancy house too. And, a further 79% also raised their prices when working in upmarket areas as well.

The study, conducted by HaMuch.com found that in fact, many builders issue a ‘posh name tax’ when their clients had a fancy name. 51.5% stated they’d done it many times and 24% added that they’d done this once or twice as well. But, some construction workers also increase prices depending on the area their client lives in. Nearly 8 in 10 of the surveyed tradespeople said that they have done this when quoting for work in what they perceived as an ‘upmarket part of their patch’. And, 52.5% admitted that they’d in fact done it many times!

Alongside this, 81.5% also admitted to inflating prices when they realised that the customer lived in a large fancy house as well. 25.5% admitted they’d upped the prices for these people once or twice while a further 56% stated they’d done it many times.

But what about any of you? Have you ever added a ‘posh name tax’? Let us know!

Before our presenter, Andy Taylor could discuss things any more though, the competition claxon sounded for our first competition: cement mixer lottery! For our first prize giveaway, we were giving away a Ring Video Doorbell. With a motion-activated HD camera and two-way audio that connects to your smartphone, with this bad boy you’ll never miss a visitor again.

And to be in with a chance of winning it, all our audience had to do was guess the correct number between 1 and 12. And, this week, the winning number was… SIX!

With one competition down, it was now time for our next segment of the show: caption this!

Caption This!

The aim of the game here is for our audience to simply caption the image they see on the screen. Easy! Plus, if they come up with a belter of a caption, they could even win an OTT hoodie!

This week, the image showed a line of multiple cups of tea. Looks like the apprentice has been busy! To this, Andy gave the caption ‘literally a mug shot’. Now that’s not very award-winning, is it!

Speaking of which, we’re off to Buckingham Palace!

That’s right, On The Tools has been nominated for the People’s Choice award which will be held at Buckingham Palace. We want to represent all the plumbers, electricians, brickies, roofers, grafters, and every single one of you that make the difference.

As we said before, make your vote count by clicking here and cast your vote for On The Tools. It takes 30 seconds, quicker than you can make a brew! And, don’t forget, a vote for On The Tools is a vote for the construction industry and a vote for YOU…

Before we could shamelessly plug our own award any more though, Andy was interrupted by the competition claxon for giveaway number two, wheel of fortune.

Here, we were giving our audience the chance to win a Hitachi Disc Grinder worth around £94. And, to be in with a chance of winning it, all they had to do was guess the correct number between 1 and 12. This week, our winner was number… ONE!

Two competitions down and two more to go, this officially marked the halfway part of the show. But what’s next I hear you ask? Well, it’s time for top tips.

Top Tips!

Now, Andy only had one tip this week but it was certainly a good one!

Tip 1: Avoid a £1,000 fine! It’s that time of year again when household inquiry forms are being sent to homes across the UK. Sent out between July and November, the form may look like a piece of junk mail.

BUT, don’t ignore it, even if the information is correct! You still need to fill it out and send it back. If you don’t, you could end up with a £1,000 fine!

And you definitely won’t be Quids In with that kind of fine!

Speaking of Quids In, it was now time for our third competition of the day, blindfold darts. This time, our audience had the chance to win a Triton Mixer Shower. Worth around £89 it’s suitable for all water systems and easy to install.

So, heading over to Scott in the blindfold darts arena, we joined Adam who managed to land the number… sixteen!

Three competitions won, and with just one more competition to go, it was now time for the next part of our show… shoutouts.

Shoutouts!

This is the part of the show where our audience can get involved live on air and bag themselves a shoutout. Not only that, but we also honour our hero of the week too. Here, we talk about a tradesperson who has gone above and beyond in the industry.

This week, we honoured tradesman Andy Leavy. Andy is always giving back to the community. From working on Tatton park for Hull4heroes, the Lee Rigby project, project managing the national centre for trauma to being involved in the first BOB Scotland project, Andy has spent the past four years doing charity building jobs all over the country.

He’s also doing a Nepal trek too in order to raise money for children in need, veterans homeless and the Gurkhas and will hopefully building homes there next year or even a school. And now, he’s looking to do some further work to help combat homelessness here in the UK too.

S0, Andy, we salute you and all of the incredible work you do.

Along with a few more shoutouts, it wasn’t long before the competition claxon sounded again and it was time for the final competition. Mug shot! This is where our man Jamie tries to throw as many of his 12 tea bags into the oversized mug hoop as possible. And he’s not very good at it!

Usually averaging at about two, luckily our audience went with low ball guesses this week as Jamie only managed to land three of the tea bags. But, on the plus side, our lucky winner managed to bag themselves a Bosch GRTL 3 Tile Laser worth £112! The perfect bit of gear for laser lines, precise, fast alignment and accurate wall and floor tiles work.

So that’s it, the end of our show. All that was left to say now was a massive thank you to everyone who took part and remind people about the People’s Choice Award. A vote for On The Tools is a vote for the construction industry and YOU! So cast your vote here. See you next time!

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