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WorldSkills 1997, St Gallen, Switzerland

Lee first became interested in bricklaying when he was just 13 years old when his family had a kitchen extension built.

“I was fascinated by what the builders were doing and was given the opportunity to have a go myself. I realised I was good at bricklaying and I eventually went on to do my Apprentiship with the firm that did the extension”

Lee Blower participated in the WorldSkills in 1997 representing the United Kingdom in bricklaying competing against all different kinds of trades from Hairdressers to Instrument Makers and many more.

Lee took an interest in the WorldSkills when the son of the firm he completed his Apprentiship with competed in the same competition and came 5th place. So he started off entering competitions such as the National Skill BUILD competitions, winning both the regional heats and national final and Lee got selected to join the WorldSkills to represent the United Kingdom in bricklaying.

To prepare him, Lee and his manager organised a demanding training schedule which took him all over the country. As part of this he was entered into further competitions where his status as a member of Team UK made him a star attraction.

Lee admitted that the task he had ahead of him looked daunting but having his training manager assist him throughout everything it helped him gain the confidence that he needed.

“My manager told me to focus on one bit at a time and not to get overwhelmed by everything I had to achieve over the four days. So when the competition began and my fellow competitor was getting nervous about everything they had to do, I just focused on that day’s task and didn’t worry about anything else.”

Lee was just 23 years old when he won the Gold medal for Bricklaying at WorldSkills. Lee was self-employed at the time and had previously completed his NVQ Apprentiship Level 1, 2 and 3 in bricklaying.

“I can’t explain what it was like. It was just amazing. I was extremely proud to win the gold medal, but even if you don’t win anything you can’t feel like you have failed. The fact that you got there in the first place is a massive achievement.”

Due to Lee’s determination and success since the WorldSkills in 1997, L G Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd has been founded and has gone from strength to strength and Lee has promising aspirations ahead for the future.
 

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Testimonials

Excellent workmanship all round. The contractors were always on time and left a clean site at the end of the day. Advice and guidance before, during and after the job could not have been better. Friendly and professional company, I will use them again without a doubt.

Very happy with the work, completed very quickly. Great workmen, highly recommended.

Working with the whole team at LG Blower has been fantastic. We set them a very tight deadline and expected them to work to very high standards and they have not disappointed in any way. I will be using them again and have no reservations in recommending them to others.

We would highly recommend L G Blower and all his team. Our garage conversion was carried out with great efficiency and we were very satified with the end result.

We were extremely impressed with the high level of professionalism and standard of work from everyone involved. Every element of the build was carried out on time and exactly to plan, leaving us with minimal disruption and stress. We would have no hesitation in recommending LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd to any perspective client.

Lee and Nick did an excellent job for us. They carefully repointed some sections of the Grinshill stone walls of the house ensuring it would be in keeping with previous pointing. They replaced a section of guttering and repaired another section to prevent rainwater leakage. Whilst with us they were also very helpful in fixing a couple of jobs which I was incapable ofâ¦

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We are extremely pleased with the work carried out at our house by LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd. Their attention to detail gives the customer great confidence, their craftsmen are highly skilled and all the workforce displays the same level of thoughfulness and consideration towards the customer. We have no hesitation in recommending this firm that prides itselâ¦

We used LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd for our first self build project and they didn't disappoint. Superb attention to detail and expertise was provided throughout the contract. Our Project Manager, who has been in the business for 30+ years, thought the brickwork was amongst the best he had seen, suffice to say we will use LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd agâ¦

We were looked after very well during the renovation works carreid out by L G Blower.  Co-ordination of plumbing, bricklaying, plastering and electrical work was all taken care of and a manager visited regularly to ensure all works were progressing to target.  Everything was completed to a high standard and with attention to detail and within the promised time frameâ¦

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We have been highly impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the L G Blower team. The work has been done to an exceptional standard, with several useful suggestions all the way- the care and input provided into the project by them has been beyond the call of duty. His team members are helpful, reliable, hard working and nice people. Many thanks for making thâ¦

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I would highly recommend LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd for their expertise and excellent customer service and very high standard of work.

Excellant quality of work from skilled tradesman, all of a consistently high standard. All managed expertly by Lee and Simon on site. We are extremely pleased, have recommended to others and will continue to do so. Great job, on time and on budget.

A professional company as advertised in the yellow pages who were interested in small contracts such as ours. Gary is an experienced professional hard working tradesman assisted by his apprentice Brad. It was a pleasure for us to have Gary & his son Brad carry out the work. With best wishes & continues success to all at L G Blower.

This was a new high specification wall to match the existing property. We are very pleased with the work. It was done to a high standard on a difficult two level sloping site. We were also impressed with the professional helpful and pleasant builders. We would certainly use this company again and would recommend it to other clients.

I was very pleased with every aspect of the work done at our home by L G Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd.  They were prompt and reliable, did exactly what I asked for and left the site in a very tidy state, exactly as they found it. I would be happy to recommend them to anybody.

Excellent work carried out with great creativity, efficiency & professionalism.  Outcome was executed with amazing skill for a fairly difficult job - Would definitely recommend Lee Blower"  Gwen Heeney

So impressed with LG Blower from start to finish. They were recommended to us by friends based on the quality of work and the professional approach and we were not disappointed.  The work was well managed from start to finish and any issues were communicated to us and dealt with swiftly.  All of the workforce were friendly and efficient and the office staff were vâ¦

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On behalf of Daisy Chain Day Care I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for all of the resources and help you gave to the nurseries in our carnival project. There is no doubt that your help, support and skills made the day possible and the success that it was, which we very much appreciate. I hope that you enjoyed your day as much as we did. Christine Harâ¦

The refurbishment of our shower room and installation of shower cubicle, sanitary ware etc have been completed to a very high standard. Praise and thanks are due to all of those involved in the works. LGB will be first on our list if/when contacting builders for any future work.

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We are so pleased with the house and all the work done here. We get such pleasure from being here and absolutely love it. It is as we had hoped it would be when we were planning it all, and Lee and the team were great. Thanks for all the hard work, and best wishes to all of you.

LG Blower was contracted by Speller Metcalfe to carry out the brick and block work installation at Bromsgrove School in 2011. LG Blower supplied bricklayers who worked to a high quality standard and we were very pleased with the overall result and customer service that we received and would have no hesitation in using LG Blower bricklayers on future contracts.

I live in a listed building which requires a conservation officer to approve all works done to the exterior, this means any contractor has to be the best I can find in restoration brickwork. Lee Blower and his team are outstanding, having done work on my house twice, I can recommend them highly in all aspects of the restorative work completed on my house.

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On behalf of the Greenhous VW Van Centre I would like to offer our appreciation and gratitude for the work carried out on site to the man hole cover on the forecourt. Your team were here early and set up without fuss, even taping the electrical cables by the entrance to make it all safe for customers & staff, there was no mess, no noise & the lads just got on withâ¦

Thank you for a very fine job, built and finished to the very highest standard of craftsmanship and competence.

We would just like you to know how pleased we are with all the work you have carried out for us. It was most encouraging that both you (Lee Blower) and your Quantity Surveyor (Matt Edwards) attended the initial meeting which, besides knowing of houses you have built, gave us the confidence to proceed. Your quotation was competitive and the work very professionâ¦

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LG Blower Ltd did a fantastic job on our conservatory. We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the workmanship and the finished product. We received a great service from all at LG Blower and would highly recommend them.

LG Blower have carried out several bricklaying projects for us and the quality of their work, their technical capabilities and their communication skills have been outstanding throughout. Shingler Construction & Shingler Homes Ltd.

We are pleased with our new cill and look forward to the next rainy gale to see if it has cured the problem.

We would have no hesitation in recommending LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd. They provided us with a first class service with the end result just as we wanted.

Thanks again for another job really well done. We will gladly recommend you and your work force to anyone that asks about our new garage conversion. Mrs Smith, Shrewsbury

We are delighted with the extension to our house and the friendly, approachable attitude of the builders throughout the project helped to ensure our satisfaction.

Excellence throughout. We got exactly what we wished for. Timely, professional and efficient. Would definitley recommend. (Already have twice!!)

So impressed with LG Blower from start to finish. They were recommended to us by friends based on the quality of work and the professional approach and we were not disappointed. The work was well managed from start to finish and any issues were communicated to us and dealt with swiftly. All of the workforce were friendly and efficient and the office staff were verâ¦

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We were extremely pleased with our oak framed garage built for us by LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd and were impressed by the tidiness, politness and attention to detail during the build.

Thank you very much for the lovely job on our kitchen. It is now almost finished, and we are delighted with the result. Please pass on our thanks to your excellent workers who all carried out their tasks to the highest standards.

LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Limited have provided a very professional service and all work carried out has been of a very high standard. I would definitely recommend the company and have them carry out work again for me.

We have worked closely with LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd for many years on a variety of projects both large and small and I have no hesitation in recommending them. I have always been impressed by their professionalism and 'can-do' attitude. Adam Phillips, Director, Timber Frame Services Ltd.

We were very pleased with the standard of work and the expertise of the Blower's team. The Blower's team were always cautious and helpful. Communications with those in the office were excellent and any queries were dealt with promptly, professionally and supportively by the project co-ordinator. Thank you.

We employed L G Blower for block and brick laying at two of our developments recently. We found all tradesmen to be neat, tidy, conscientious and polite. Lee and his team are polite, professional and a pleasure to work with.

I would have no doubt recommending L G Blower. Excellent service from start to finish. Simon and the team were always on site as promised. Highly recommend, first class service!

We have been thrilled with the building work carried out by L G Blowers. Initially we were apprehensive about having such extensive work. However, every stage of the project was executed with great care, professionalism and on schedule. Everyone in the team was polite, hard-working and extremely skilled at their trade. Simon, the project manager was amazing! He was aâ¦