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Scottish Office calls on SPADAC for skill test model

The apprenticeship scheme run by the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) has been asked to share best practice with the Scottish Office. Ian Rogers, SPADAC’s Employers’ Secretary, met Fiona Farr of the Youth Employability & Skills Division at the Scottish Office last week to discuss the skills test system. Apprentices in Scotland must […]

SPADAC apprentices get ‘kitted’ out

Past Presidents of the SDF Roz and Brendan Keenan visited Queenslie Training Centre last week to make the latest presentation of toolkits to eight SPADAC-registered apprentices. The toolkits are donated by SDF manufacturing members including Artex, Crown, Hamilton, PPG & Purdy. Brendan said: “The youngsters were very appreciative of the contents and it was particularly nice to see some […]

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Johnstone’s in triple test triumph

Paint manufacturer Johnstone’s products are continuing to lead the way after a trio of its ranges recently came out on top in a series of unique product trials. In the first of the recent trials, Johnstone’s Stormshield Smooth Masonry was certified as having ‘Excellent Anti-Carbonating Properties’ by Building Research Establishment (BRE). Anti-carbonation coatings are surface […]

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SDF welcomes constructive meeting with CITB education director

The Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) enjoyed a lively meeting with Mike Bialyj at today’s National Council meeting in Stirling. The wide-ranging discussion allowed CITB’s Employer Services Director to fully understand the Federation’s position on a number of issues after which Mr Bijali undertook to progress the points raised with the appropriate departments and respond before […]

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Rustins buys Briwax International

Rustins Limited purchased Briwax International in mid May 2013 and is delighted to be the custodian of the famous Briwax brand and products. Ian Slater, National Sales Manager, commented: “We are excited to add such a prestigious brand of wax polishes to our woodcare range. “Rustins and Briwax have family owned traditions with the same values and supply […]

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Johnstone’s honours industry’s top decorators

The crème de la crème of the UK’s painting and decorating community came together recently to mark the 30th Johnstone’s Painter of the Year competition in the prestigious surroundings of the London Film Museum in London. The annual competition, which celebrates the outstanding work carried out by the country’s finest painting contractors, follows strict criteria set […]

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Johnstone’s revamps professional undercoat

  Johnstone’s commitment to enhancing the performance of its market-leading products shows no signs of slowing down following the launch of a new and improved Professional Undercoat. Johnstone’s Professional Undercoat has long been an established favourite with decorators due to its excellent opacity and obliteration qualities, but thanks to advances in technology Johnstone’s has been […]

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Mark Farrar departure from CITB

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announced this week that its Chief Executive, Mark Farrar, is to leave after 7 years with the organisation. CITB Chairman, James Wates said,  “Mark has led the organisation through challenging times in the industry, securing on-going levy and other funding. He leaves CITB with our thanks and wholehearted best […]

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Johnstone’s paints the way for the next generation

Leading trade paint brand Johnstone’s has continued to show its commitment to the next generation by sponsoring the Young Player of The Year Award at the recent Football League Awards 2013 Johnstone’s has a long history of supporting tomorrow’s tradespeople in the shape of its prestigious Young Painter of the Year competition so it’s little […]