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Since we started Building Better Communities in 2015, we’ve helped over 40 projects, big and small, across the UK. During this time, we’ve been inspired by the tireless work of local tradespeople who have chipped in with these projects and thought it was time they got some recognition.

That’s why we’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the new Trade Hero category of the awards. David Thomas, a plasterer from Stafford; Jamie Borthwick, an interior designer and contractor from Barton Upon Humber; Addam Smith, a landscaper from Lincolnshire; and John Eastham, a construction solicitor from Congleton all have amazing stories to tell, but now they need your vote so they can help the causes close to their hearts.

The winner will receive £50,000 worth of building materials to complete a community building or renovation project. You can find out more about how they’re making the difference on the Building Better Communities Website.

As well as the Trade hero Award, we’ve doubled the prize fund available to regional projects. This means we’re giving even more people the chance make an impact in their community and improve the lives of local people along the way.

The 38 nominated community groups are split across 11 regional shortlists and can win prizes of up to £10,000 worth of materials for renovation and new build projects. A grand prize of £50,000 worth of materials and labour will be given to the most deserving project in England, Scotland or Wales, following the decision of a public vote and a panel of judges.

The winning projects will be revealed by celebrity architect, George Clarke, at an awards ceremony at the University of Nottingham on July 5th. Members of the public have until Sunday June 18th to vote for their local project.

To view the shortlist and place your vote visit: www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk