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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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ALISTAIR SIM 1940-2013

It is with great sadness that the Federation announces the death of Alistair Sim. When I joined the Federation in 1999, I had missed Alistair’s year as President of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation by one year so I only got to know him better as a committee member. But it wasn’t long before I discovered […]

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Dazzling new Decorating Centre opens in Dundee

Leading paint manufacturer Johnstone’s is continuing to invest in its national Decorating Centre network after opening a new store in Dundee. After relocating to a new purpose-built site on Kings Cross Trade Park, the new look store opened its doors for the first time with a host of special offers and discounts available. The store […]

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Successful AGM for SDF

The Scottish Decorators’ Federation’s (SDF’s) Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 14th March 2013, a week earlier than usual. National Council members and Chief Executive Ian Rogers worked through a full agenda at the Federation’s HQ in Stirling, which reflected a satisfying year for the organisation. The AGM also welcomed four new National Council […]

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Annual Competition Winners 2013

More than 250 delegates made their way through snow and gales to attend the 14th SDF Annual Convention, which kicked off with Nigel Don MSP officially opening the Scottish Painting and Decorating Show at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club today (Friday 22nd March 2013). The Annual Competition Winners were presented at the prize-giving […]