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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Industry first: SDF achieves clean validation for new experienced worker qualification

In what’s believed to be a first of its kind, the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) has achieved a validation of a new qualification – with no conditions. The new qualification is a SCQF level 6 Award that will measure the competence of experienced workers in Scotland. A design team including Ian Rogers of the SDF, […]

‘Recommend a Decorator Friend’ and receive £50 to spend on Decorators Choice products

Crown Decorating Centres’ trade customers can receive £50 worth of products in store under the new ‘Recommend A Decorator Friend’ initiative running in store nationwide. Crown Decorating Centres will give both the current customer and the new customer that they recommend £50 worth of Decorators Choice products each, when the new account holder opens an […]


New name means new growth for property services specialist

Novus Property Solutions is the new name of national property maintenance specialist Seddon Property Services. Stuart Seddon, chairman of Novus, is predicting new growth and new jobs at the rebranded company which employs 1,000 people and delivers property services from more than 30 offices across the UK. The name change to Novus – the Latin […]

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Leyland’s new Project Guide splashes onto the market

  Leading trade paint brand Leyland is continuing its drive to supply professional decorators and tradesmen with all the tools they need to succeed with the launch of a brand new Project Guide. The easy-to-use guide is designed to demystify the paint selection process and will point users in the direction of the best product […]