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What are the Master Builder Awards?

The biennial Master Builder Awards celebrate high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence delivered by Master Builders across the UK. The awards help to recognise the significant contribution that small and medium-sized construction companies make to the UK construction industry.

From new residential homes to major commercial developments, Master Builders help to build a better future for the UK every year and the awards provide an opportunity for members to showcase their hard work. 


The 2021 Master Builder Awards

Watch the highlights of the virtual national ceremony, hosted by Nick Knowles, hear from our great winners who took home the national trophy for their category and start thinking about your entries for 2023!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need permission from a client / individual to enter the awards?

Yes. Members will need to secure permission from their clients to enter a project into the project categories as photos and information about the project may be publicised on the FMB website, social media channels and in the media. Please read the entry Terms and Conditions for more information.

If you would like to nominate a Master Builder for Tradesperson of the Year, or an apprentice for Apprentice of the Year, we encourage you to speak to the individual first. However, if you would like to submit a nomination as a surprise you may do so.

What is the deadline for nominations?

Nominations must be submitted online through the FMB website by Friday 29 January 2021.

Will I receive feedback on my nomination?

Due to the volume of entries received, it is not possible to provide feedback on individual nominations.

Who judges the Master Builder Awards?

The nominations are judged by independent judging panels at both a local and national level.

The first round of judging takes place at a local level to choose the category winners in each region and devolved nation. These winners are then shortlisted for the national awards, where an independent national judging panel will review the entries and select the winners.

When will winners be announced?

Winners across the regions and devolved nations will be announced at virtual award ceremonies that will take place in May and June 2021. National winners will be announced at an event on 24 September 2021. Click here for more details on the award ceremonies.

Can my client attend the virtual awards ceremony?

Yes, your client can register for free to join the awards ceremony. Only one registration is required per household. If you want to book further tickets for other households please register with an alternative email address here.

What do winners receive?

All winners across the regions and devolved nations will receive a trophy and regional winner logo to display. All national winners will receive a trophy and a national winner logo to display.

The overall national Master Builder of the Year award winner will also receive a brand new, yet-to-be-released model of an Isuzu D-Max Utah pick-up worth more than £36,000. The national winner of the Apprentice Award will receive a cheque for £500.

For the virtual national awards ceremony do I need to book more than one ticket for different households?

Only one registration is required per household. If you want to book further tickets for other households please register with an alternative email address here.

Can I share my ticket with other households?

No, one free virtual ticket is required per household. Please book individual tickets so that each household recieves their own link to join. If you want to book further tickets for other households please register with an alternative email address.

I have registered for a ticket but how do I watch the national virtual ceremony?

On the day of the event, all registered guests will receive an email from the awards team containing all the details of how you tune in and watch the ceremony unfold.

Who do I contact for support?

If you have any questions about the 2021 Master Builder Awards, please email [email protected].

Our valued sponsors

Thank you to our valued sponsors for supporting the upcoming 2021 Master Builder Awards. There are still opportunities to get involved - call us on 020 7025 2900 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Headline sponsor

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At Isuzu, we only make commercial vehicles. We focus on making our Isuzu D-Max range tough, strong and built to go the distance. As the pick-up professionals we focus only on pick-ups and we aim to meet our customers every individual need as this is all that we do. It’s a single minded focus that means we make outstanding vehicles that are truly fit for purpose.

The winner of numerous accolades awarded by What Van? Trade Van Driver, Professional pickup & 4x4, praised for both style and substance, it is clear that the Isuzu D-Max is the ultimate all-rounder.

For more information, visit www.isuzu.co.uk


Award category sponsors

Tradesperson of the Year
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‘We are delighted, once again, to be a sponsor of this fantastic event, which highlights the expertise and work of tradespeople within the industry’

TradePoint is the trade only arm of B&Q, offering a huge range of trusted brands. We supply products and services for every project, all under one roof at convenient locations nationwide. Our range not only covers building, decorating, electrical, plumbing, tools, hardware, landscaping, timber, joinery, safety, workwear and much more, but we also have dedicated kitchens and bathrooms showrooms with takeaway same day ranges.

Whether you're a builder, decorator or kitchen and bathroom fitter, you could be eligible for free TradePoint membership, giving you access to a great range of materials and tools.

For more information, visit www.trade-point.co.uk

Sustainability Award 
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Jewson and Build Aviator 

Jewson is one of the largest building merchants within the UK, with branches from the Scottish Isles to Penzance, as well as click & deliver and click & collect services available online. Jewson aims to reduce the hassle for tradespeople, through providing a great service, expert advice, competitive prices and the highest quality of materials.

Since opening its first branch in 1836, Jewson has expanded to offer a wide range of supplies for all trades, including building materials, roofing and landscaping.  From the everyday essentials, such as bricks and timber to specialist equipment. You can also find kitchen and bathroom showrooms nationwide, as well as a trusted Tool Hire service. In addition, tradespeople can also take advantage of Build Aviator and Build Aviator Lite, to help take the stress away through support with estimating, compliance and scheduling.

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Sustainability Award. We are helping our customers reduce carbon footprint in their construction projects enabling them to build sustainable homes with new products and solutions.

Visit www.jewson.co.uk for more information.

Apprentice Award
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Openreach Limited runs the UK's digital network.  We're the people who connect homes, schools, hospitals, libraries, businesses - large and small, broadcasters and governments to the world. It's our mission to build the best possible network with the highest quality of service, and make sure that everyone in the UK can be connected.

In the midst of an evolving workplace, with demographic shifts and rapid technological change the order of the day, skills development has never been higher on the agenda. There has never been a better time for businesses to reap the rewards of apprenticeships. There are more ways to develop staff than ever before and learning has become a real melting pot of innovation.

For more information, visit www.openreach.com

Building Company of the Year 
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Promote UK (PUK)

'Promote UK (PUK) are delighted to sponsor the Building Company of the Year category, much like the fantastic members of the FMB, PUK are very much the trusted source of the SME sector for everything digital, leading the way with our website design & high levels of client promotion on GOOGLE’

Established in 2012 PUK have already become the UK’s largest internet company, winning a variety of industry awards.

We are extremely proud of our long term partnership with the FMB & we look forward to continuing to provide members with their online solutions’

We help new both new clients & referrals find you, & we do so at a preferred rate available exclusively & only to FMB members’

For more information, visit www.promoteukltd.com

Large Renovation Project 


B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension

Founded in 1942, B&CE are a not-for-profit organisation creating high-quality, yet simple financial products. We manage assets of more than £13 billion for over 6 million members and have over 98,000 employers using our services. Our 3 core values of Creating Simplicity, Showing Compassion and Keeping Promises drive everything we do. With roots in construction for nearly 80 years, we’ve grown into other sectors but kept the needs of working people, and their families, at heart. The People’s Pension, our master trust product, is an award-winning workplace pension scheme that acts as an auto-enrolment solution across any industry sector.

As a provider of high-quality financial products with award-winning customer service, we’re proud to sponsor the FMB Master Builder Award 2021 to celebrate the same level of excellence in construction.

Read more about B&CE and what we do

House Builder Award
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FMB Insurance 

FMB Insurance is extremely proud to be sponsoring the House Builder Award category at the 2021 Master Builder Awards. Showcasing some of the nation’s most reputable and professional builders, the awards highlight the high levels of excellence within this vast industry.

The House Builder category is particularly important to us; as SME construction insurance specialists, we believe in high quality construction, combined with consumer protection.

Being a subsidiary of the Federation of Master Builders, our knowledge of the construction industry is second to none. We constantly strive to help both builders and homeowners make the right choices to protect their building projects. Our comprehensive, tailored building guarantees offer invaluable peace of mind and reassurance for all your clients.

We offer a wide choice of insurance policy types and lengths, to suit individual requirements. Our expert and qualified surveyors collectively have over 100 years’ experience and we pride ourselves on offering all customers access to their own dedicated customer service representative.

Call one of our friendly team today on 01353 652760, or visit www.fmbinsurance.co.uk

Medium Renovation Project
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Derek Gough Associates

Derek Gough Associates has always been an advocate for achievement and a pursuer of accomplishing the very best for our clients. As a business, we thrive in a competitive environment, so it seemed only fitting that we sponsor the category for the Medium Renovation award. We have a passion for construction data analysis and using our expertise to enrich and promote our client’s business We ensure that people’s dreams are created, whether that be in the form of a new build house, an extension, or even a renovation. It’s sometimes the small things that really put that smile on someone’s face, and we love experiencing that every day, as we're sure our winner does too.

For more information, visit: www.dgough.co.uk

Bathroom Project
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RISA offer independent and impartial inspection and auditing services to the glazing and construction industries in line with relevant legislation and standards.

The RISA team provides coverage throughout England, Scotland and Wales and collectively can call upon hundreds of years of industry experience. RISA assessors provide conclusive reports to deliver a competitive edge in quality and compliance, conducting several thousand cost-effective assessments annually, helping to maintain standards across the construction industry.

RISA also offer Expert Witness advice on domestic window and door installation disputes, either as a single joint expert or as a party appointed expert and produce a high quality report in line with the Civil Procedure Rules for expert witnesses.

We are proud to be sponsoring the Bathroom Project category at Master Builder Awards 2021.

For more information, visit: www.risaltd.co.uk

Commercial or Public Sector Project
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Green and Pleasant Events

Green and Pleasant Events is delighted to be sponsor of the Federation of Master Builders Commercial Award 2021. Green & Pleasant Events is a boutique full-service event management agency specialising in highly creative motivation, reward, celebration events and conferences worldwide. Based in London, the agency was founded in 2014 by Frances Green who has over 25 years' experience in the events and hospitality industry. Green & Pleasant Events focuses on delivering an exceptional level of client service coupled with innovative event ideas. We are proud to support and organise events for clients in the building and construction trade and excited to see the sector going from strength-to- strength.

For more information, visit www.greenpleasantevents.com

Kitchen Project
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Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides emotional,  physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction community and their families.

A crucial element of the charity’s strategy is to provide a wide range of free and widely available pro-active resources to support the industry.

The charity provides a 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline which provides a range of free and confidential wellbeing support services and this is complemented by their free Construction Industry Helpline App which offers expert guidance on a huge variety of wellbeing issues.

They also offer a variety of free construction focussed training programmes ranging from hour long interactive wellbeing sessions through to the MHFA England approved Mental Health First Aider course.

Their latest campaign; Help Inside the Hard Hat aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the construction industry. You can join the campaign for better mental health by downloading their free resources and site hoardings here.

Find out more at www.lighthouseclub.org.

Small Renovation Project



TrustMark is the only Government-endorsed Quality Scheme covering work carried out in or around the home. Operating across the UK, TrustMark is a not-for-profit social enterprise that continually re-invests in the scheme to support Scheme Providers and Registered Businesses to improve consumer protection and standards across all sectors.

We work closely with our Scheme Providers and Registered Businesses to advance and improve the standards of these works and help to promote these accredited tradespeople to homeowners. By becoming TrustMark registered, businesses are able to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to customer service, high standards and continual improvement.

“We are delighted to sponsor the Small Renovation Project category which recognises excellent workmanship by tradespeople across the industry. Each of the finalists have demonstrated their adherence to high standards and great customer service, and in many cases, have found innovative solutions to make sure they’ve met their client’s brief in full. Congratulations to them all.”

Find out more here: www.trustmark.org.uk

Media partner

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Grand Designs Magazine

Grand Designs Magazine are offering an exclusive discount to FMB members on subscription packages. The limited time only offer:

  • £2.10 per month Direct Debit (cancel any time) saving 52% off the cover price.
  • 13 issues by Direct Debit for £19.99, and 65% off the shop price.
  • 13 issues by Credit Card for £22.99, saving 59% off the shop price.

Go to Grand Designs exclusive FMB offer to take advantage today.


Hall of Fame

Take a look at some of our members' finest achievements recognised at previous Master Builder Awards.