Eurocell Champion : Craig Phillips
Introducing you to the Eurocell Champions…
To give you even more industry insight, we’ve picked a selection of expert builders, roofers and window fitters with vast industry experience to be Eurocell Champions.
Our Champions will provide regular ‘how-we-do-it’ videos, giving you helpful hints and tricks on installations and demoing various products.
We’ll also be interviewing our experts regularly to gain insight on a wide variety of topics. You’ll be getting to know our Champions very well over the next few months but to introduce them to you now we’ve asked each to give us a little bit of background about their business and what they do.
Our latest Champion is…
Tell us a bit about your company?
At the age of 18, whilst working for a local construction company, Craig secured a bricklaying apprenticeship. Determined to excel in his chosen profession, he attended night school classes in advanced brickwork and civil engineering, achieving a City & Guilds qualification. A self-made entrepreneur, Craig went on to set up and run a successful construction business throughout the 1990s, employing 30 tradesmen and operating with an annual turnover of more than £1 million. Developing an impressive property portfolio, Craig also undertook a diverse range of projects including new builds and major structural conversions.
In the summer of 2000, Craig beat 45,000 applicants to appear alongside nine other contestants on Britain's first reality TV show, Big Brother. Watched by over 10 million people, Big Brother was a huge success, riveting the public and media alike. After more than nine weeks in the Big Brother house, Craig won the nation's hearts with his cheeky humour and came out triumphant with 3.7 million votes, £70,000 prize money and a National Television Award for Best Live Television Moment of the Year.
With his new-found fame, Craig went on to combine his knowledge of construction and media savvy to forge a brilliant career as one of the UK's leading DIY and home improvement experts. Craig has made over 1000 TV appearances for all the major and digital broadcasters doing what he does best - building and DIY, along with hundreds of online ‘How to videos’ topping tens of millions of views. Craig’s finally building his long-awaited dream build for him and his wife Laura (Mrs DIY) and their new born baby.
How long have you been using Eurocell?
I have used Eurocell’s products for close to 15 years if my memory serves me right. I first came across them on a BBC shoot called ‘Trading Up’.
What your favourite Eurocell product?
Eurocell’s windows of course! I’m also looking forward to using their new range of Decking planks.
What’s your favourite thing about working in the industry?
My favourite thing about working in the industry is the ongoing challenges you come across when building houses. Every build is different by design and style, and there are so many new products being designed to meet the ever-changing regulations along with people’s taste! You just never stop learning.