Dumbreck Decorators wins business gong for commitment to young people

Dumbreck Decorators has been crowned the winner of a new award that hails the company’s contribution to young people in the city of Glasgow.

The decorating contractor was presented with the Working Together Award in The Herald’s first Inspiring City Awards at a glitzy affair in front of key figures including including football legend Sir Alex Ferguson and entreprenuer Sir Tom Farmer at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow recently.

The top gong recognises the important role of business and individuals in improving the social fabric by recruiting unemployed or disadvantaged Glasgow residents.

Dumbreck’s long history of employing, training and giving experience to the city’s young people through Modern Apprenticeships and work placements made them a clear winner.

The family business, which has roots going back to 1875, directly employees more than 100 painters and decorators many of whom have been with the company for more than 20 years.

And they recruit and train their own apprentices – male and female – with 17 currently working on projects across Scotland.

Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Dumbreck Decorators, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised with this award.

“Throughout the recession, we’ve continued to take on new apprentices every year through the Commonwealth Apprentice Initiative, CITB and work placement initiatives like TIGERS and the charity Action for Children because we know how vital it is to support and invest in the city’s young (and not so young) people – and the future generation of the industry.”

Hosted in conjunction with the city’s new brand – People Make Glasgow – and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrated companies and individuals across ten categories that have made Glasgow great.

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Notes to Editor

Dumbreck Decorators is an award-winning decorating contractor with roots going back to 1875 and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Forfar. Operating under our direct, domestic and main contracting business streams, which also includes our spray applied plaster, Ames Taping and shop fitting divisions, we provide a full service to a diverse range of clients, including National Trust for Scotland, Heritage Scotland, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, social housing, churches, banks, offices, hotels, local authorities, industrial and private homes.