Decorating elite recognised by Johnstone’s Trade

Paul Crosby Johnstone's Trade POTY 14 Winner RS

Johnstone’s Trade continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary in style after hosting the spectacular 32nd annual Johnstone’s Painter of the Year event.

The event, which was held at the Celtic Manor Hotel in south Wales, once again attracted hundreds of the country’s finest decorators all eager to discover who would be crowned Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2014.

A shortlist of 20 outstanding projects was drawn up by Johnstone’s panel of technical experts following individual site visits to every project entered. Judged on the quality of the decorative finish, the intricacy of the work involved and the technical and logistical challenges faced, securing a place on the shortlist was not easy.

The difficult task of choosing the winner of each category – Residential, Period and Restoration, Health and Education and Commercial, as well as the overall winner – fell to the guests who took part in an interactive vote on the night. Following the vote, Paul Crosby Painting and Decorating was named Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2014 – Supreme Winner.

The York-based company impressed judges and guests on the night with its sensitive restoration of a stunning Grade II listed Georgian building following its conversion to a luxurious family home and self-contained rooftop apartment. The small team worked diligently over 10 months redecorating the building, which had been empty for 15 years, inside and out, restoring its original features and creating a contemporary living space.

Paul Crosby said: “I am incredibly proud of our work at Purey Cust – it was challenging at the best of times but very rewarding. Receiving national recognition is like a dream come true for us as a small company and I’m sure the accolade will definitely help us to stand out on future projects. It was pretty nerve-wracking on the night, especially being up against some of the biggest names in the industry and I still can’t quite believe that we won!”

Alfred Bagnall & Sons came top in the Health and Education Category for its colourful work at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, while Mitie Property Services (UK) won the Period and Restoration Category for its work at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. Alldec, meanwhile, impressed the judges in the Commercial Category for its work at iconic Wembley Stadium.

Entries are now being considered for Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2015, with any project completed between Jan 1st and Dec 31st 2015 eligible. To request an entry form either call the Technical Advisory department on 01924 354100 or visit  to download one.


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