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Another day, another award to vote for. With just a few weeks left to go, we’re in the home stretch until the On The Toos awards take place. Today though, we need your help deciding on who should win our ‘Joiner of the Year’ award.

Sponsored by world-leading manufacturer Norbord, this is a tough category to be in. But someone’s got to win it! And you guys get to decide who…

First up we have joiner Martin Daly.

Starting his career as a labourer, Martin hasn’t always been a joiner. He even had dreams of becoming a professional football player in America instead. However, unfortunately, this wasn’t meant to be. And, due to a bad injury, he wasn’t able to walk for a year. Therefore, Martin had to consider what he could do next.

He described: “within this time of laying around doing nothing I decided it was best to commit to the construction industry and started watching YouTube tutorials on how to do decking and other simple joinery work.”

So, as soon as he was fit to work again, Martin began his career in joinery, working beside a family relative. He didn’t stop there either. Wanting to learn more trades, Martin worked all day from 7 am to 5 pm. Then, after grafting all day, he went to night school to learn trades such as bricklaying, tiling, and plumbing.

By the age of 19, Martin was confident in himself and his ability and advertised himself as self-employed. Now aged 23, Martin now owns his own company running two vans and has five employees. Not only that, but his company is also award winning too. Alongside our awards, Martin and his company have also been shortlisted for Jewson’s ‘Best Tradesperson’ two years in a row as well. And, they have just been nominated for Scotland’s ‘Best New Business’ and ‘Best Building Contractor’.

Martin added: “We work countless hours to achieve this and have never had a bad review.”

“I also take a lot of work in schools trying to convince the younger generation to get into construction and bring them out on work experience. ”

“I believe I should win On The Tools’ ‘Joiner of the Year’ as I have such a large passion for my work and for the construction industry.”

Joining him on the shortlist is also joiner Adam Walker.

Now, we may not have an image for Adam but he is one very deserving nominee for this award!

Since the age of 5, Adam has shown a keen interest in woodwork. On his 16th birthday, he bought his first chisel, Stanley knife and cordless drill and has never looked back since! 15 years on, he is now the proud director of his own company, ABW Joinery and Building and has built a strong reputation in his local area.

Described as a highly motivated and hardworking joiner, Adam has built up a solid reputation in Sheffield and further afield. In fact, his Facebook page is full of glowing customer reviews with a five-star rating! Carrying out various joinery and building works, Adam does everything from the fitting of internal doors and the building of bespoke bedroom wardrobes right through to loft and kitchen extensions for customers.

Not only that but he has also successfully grown his small business. Taking it from one that just completes small joinery projects, his team now work on complex projects including full ‘roof off’ loft conversions.

Adam has been described as “a dynamic, hardworking and passionate joiner and craftsman, always getting the job done and making sure the customer is 100% happy with the finished outcome all with a huge smile on his face.”

“He needs the recognition he deserves for all the hard work and effort he has dedicated to his trade and would be the perfect ‘Joiner Of The Year’.”

So what do you think? Who should win? Have your say and vote for your ‘Joiner of the Year’ here.

Also want to have your say in some of our other awards? Then check out the other shortlists here. Happy voting!

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