A laugh a day means the work will stay

A new competition from Trade Direct Insurance has been launched to look for the funniest tradesman in the UK, with the winner receiving a cash prize of £1,000.

New research by the insurance provider asked the nation what they think is important to look out for when employing a tradesman in their home or workplace. The results revealed that over a quarter (29%) think a good sense of humour is a key trait of a builder, plumber or painter and decorator.

Alongside a good sense of humour, potential clients across the UK are looking for someone who has good banter (17%), is friendly (66%), hardworking (71%) and approachable (64%).

A tradesman who possesses these qualities could ultimately see their work rates rocket as more than half (59%) of those polled would be more likely to recommend a tradesman to a friend or family member if they are friendly and have a good sense of humour.

With this in mind, Trade Direct Insurance is launching a nationwide competition to find the UK’s funniest tradesman.

Andrew Marlow, sales and service manager at Trade Direct Insurance, commented: “Building a great rapport with clients and colleagues is really important as it can ultimately improve work rates and overall job satisfaction.

“From our initial research, we heard about some of the funniest experiences the British public have had with tradesman working in their home with highlights including a tradesman who worked on stilts, a painter decorator who painted the Mona Lisa on a stripped wall and a builder who fell in the pond.

“We know there are a lot of highly skilled tradesman across the country who have the banter to match and we’re keen to showcase the importance of these traits through our competition.”

To enter, participants should upload a short video of themselves delivering their best trade based jokes and one-liners or other funny videos from the worksite they think are worthy of the title.