Astrid Arnold – The Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023

Astrid in front of the ad van


  • Astrid Arnold, a carpenter from Newton Abbot in Devon, is Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023.
  • An ad van displaying the good news, surprised Astrid as she worked on a customer’s house in Chagford on 3 November 2023.

The coveted award, which celebrates tradespeople across the UK and Ireland, saw local
carpenter and director of Touchwood South West stand out from the competition as she
competed against nine other talented tradespeople from across the UK.

Astrid, 48, wowed the panel of industry judges with her incredibly technical and stunning
carpentry work, her focus on sustainability within her business, and her passion for
supporting women in her local community to gain valuable DIY skills.

Astrid walked away with an ultimate trade bundle of tools, technology and training worth
£20,000 to help her grow her business. At the final of the competition, judges were
impressed to hear she would be using some of the prize to invest in secondary school
outreach and give young people more opportunities to follow a career in the trade.

Astrid said: “I’ve been blown away by the incredible amount of support Screwfix has given
me since winning Top Tradesperson. Walking away with the transformative £20,000 prize
bundle was amazing – and now to have my achievement recognised on a van in my home
county of Devon – it’s very special indeed. Not only will it raise awareness of my services in
the local area, but could also inspire more female tradespeople to join the industry, which is
so important to me.”