2021 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year
29 March 2021
Rotorua-based family-owned business BOP Plumbing & Gas has won the 2021 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year Award at the 2021 New Zealand Plumbing Awards, held in Marlborough on 26 March.
Five years ago, the firm moved overnight from being a one-man band to a staff of five when Aaron and Sarah Jamieson merged their business with Aaron’s father’s company. Since then it has grown to a full team of 26, with a new branch opening in Kawerau this year, just as New Zealand entered the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Over this time, the couple have upgraded their fleet, rebranded the business and updated their office systems from manual to digital. Smart uniforms, business cards and tidy vans reflect the company’s emphasis on top-quality service—and a 24/7 emergency service means customers are never left without hot water or gas to cook with.
BOP Plumbing & Gas is committed to growing its own qualified tradespeople, with a steady flow of apprentices coming through the company. Despite the demands of running a business, Aaron loves getting out on the tools whenever he can, passing on his skills to the next generation of plumbers and gasfitters, both male and female.
With two young boys of their own, Aaron and Sarah place a strong emphasis on family values in the workplace and always try to accommodate their staff’s needs.
“We want our staff to be proud of the company they work for,” says Sarah. “Reputation is key.”