Johnstone’s Trade has once again celebrated the great and good of the decorating industry following another hugely successful Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards.
The event is one of the most anticipated on the decorating calendar and this year celebrated its 31st anniversary in style at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
Split over four different categories – Residential, Period and Restoration, Health and Education and Commercial – a shortlist of 20 projects was drawn up by Johnstone’s panel of technical experts, following individual site visits to every project that was entered. Judged on the quality of the decorative finish, the intricacy of the work involved and the technical and logistical challenges presented by the project itself, securing a place on the shortlist was no mean feat.
The difficult task of deciding the winner of each category, as well as the overall winner, fell to the guests at the ceremony who took part in an interactive vote on the night. This vote resulted in Chris Green Painters and Decorators (pictured above) being named Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2013 – Supreme Winner.
The Harrogate-based father and son team wowed judges with their work on a stunning Grade II Listed Georgian residential property on The Stray in Harrogate. The duo impressed with their professional attitude and the level of dedication demonstrated during the challenging project, on which they worked in close partnership with Johnstone’s Colour Advisory Department to create the perfect colour palette.
Chris Green said: “I was stunned when I heard my name called out on the night and I’m still overwhelmed to have won. It’s a real honour to have been crowned Johnstone’s Painter of the Year and even more so because the votes came from my peers. Having so many fellow decorators congratulate me on my win was particularly humbling and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
“Hopefully I’ve given other small decorating firms the belief that they can do it too. I’d strongly advise anyone, no matter how big or small their company is, that if you’ve got a project that you’re proud of, make sure you enter next year!”
W D Davison & Sons Ltd won the Health and Education Category for its work on the Dementia Care Unit at Monkwearmouth Hospital, while Midland Decorators Ltd came out on top in the Commercial Category for its work on the Library of Birmingham.
As well as the important business of choosing a winner, the 200 guests, who were entertained by impressionist Jon Culshaw, helped raise more than £20,000 for When You Wish Upon a Star. The charity, which grants wishes to children suffering from life threatening illness, was chosen by staff at Johnstone’s parent company, PPG Architectural Coatings UK and Ireland, to be its charity of the year.
Entries are now being considered for Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2014. To request an entry form either call the Technical Advisory department on 01924 354100 or visit www.johnstonestrade.com/
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