Pipe Dreams Wins Local Hero Award

A dream of a plumber who offers discounts for OAPs and completes small jobs for free has been named as the winner of the SGS Engineering Local Hero Award 2023 .

Chris Griffiths, 39 took the title as the top tradesperson who gives back to their community. The Wirral pipe man’s generosity has lead colleagues to joke he'll never accept payments.

Regional runners up come from Wales (Flintshire) and the South-East (Wisbech). They will also each receive £250 in cash. Griffiths will get a £grand. 



In March, UK residents were asked to nominate a ‘hero’ tradesperson in their area who has demonstrated generosity and selflessness to help their community. SGS received several inspiring nominations, highlighting some of the many unsung heroes that are dotted around the country. An expert team at SGS Engineering then shortlisted five worthy finalists for a public vote.


 “We can now confirm that Chris Griffiths of Unique Heating and Bathrooms received almost half of the votes cast (49%) to take a storming victory and will collect a well-deserved £1,000 cash prize. Two regional finalists with their own inspiring stories will also each receive a £250 cash prize.”

– Dave Gordon 

General manager, SGS Engineering 


Tell them about it

Griffiths shared details on his social media pages that he would complete half-price work for OAPs. He says: “I am over the moon to be named as the winner of the Local Hero Awards – getting national recognition is a great feeling. I try to help people wherever I can. My apprentice who works with me is always having a go at me saying I never charge anyone.

“I will continue to help my local community where I can. Being named the winner has me thinking about what more I can do to help my local community.”

Grifiths has pledged to put his £1,000 back into his local community, as opposed to spending it on himself.


Regional runners-up

Band of Builders, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (South-East) . Band of Builders is a charity that will be appearing at the FIT Show. It provides support to tradespeople, including renovating the homes of trade workers who have experienced life-changing circumstances.

Rachel Griffiths, Flintshire, (Wales). Griffiths shares her plumbing work on Instagram and champions women working in the trades. She was nominated by a female apprentice who cited her as an inspiration to pursue a trade career.


Picture: Chris Griffiths, 39, is voted as the third winner of the SGS Engineering Local Hero Award 2023



Article written by Cathryn Ellis
18th May 2023


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