Dumbreck decorates for success with jobs boost and major expansion across Scotland

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty with MD Mark Johnston and some of the company’s apprentices.

One of Scotland’s oldest decorating companies marked a significant expansion of its operations across Scotland – including the creation of 20 new jobs – with an official opening of its new headquarters in Govan, South Glasgow today (Thursday, November 7th). Watch the video.

Dumbreck Decorators, which has roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, has extended its reach into the north of Scotland by winning two new major Framework agreements for cyclical maintenance in the last 12 months.

On the back of the new business, the decorating contractor has increased its turnover by 27 per cent to £4.1million, opened a new office in Forfar and created 20 new full-time jobs for tradesmen as well as a new surveyor position and a storeman for its larger premises in Govan.

This represents a 20 per cent increase in staff, which now totals 100.

And it has recruited seven apprentices this year alone, bringing the total currently being trained by the firm to 14 – male and female apprentices – who are all at various stages of their Modern Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating.

In addition, the company has invested in a new fleet of 14 vehicles.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty conducted the official opening of Dumbreck Decorators’ new office and warehouse at Govan industrial estate at noon.

Mark Johnston, managing director of Dumbreck Decorators, said: “We’re ambitious and focusing on delivering what we’re best at. With so many new staff coming on board, we were tight for space in our previous premises in Glasgow, particularly as we need to store the 200,000 litres of paint we get through each year.

“We’ve always recruited and trained apprentices – even during the recession – because we know that investing in young people is an investment in the long-term sustainability of this business and the industry itself. The relocation of our new headquarters in May gives us a sustainable Glasgow base from which to grow the business and the opening is a real vote of confidence in our future and the sector.”

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, said: “Dumbreck Decorators is a highly respected firm rightly recognised for its vision, and its commitment and investment in our young people. I am delighted to be here for this, the official opening of its new premises. I wish the company and its staff continued success.”

Dumbreck’s recently won the Working Together Award in The Herald’s first Inspiring City Awards for its contribution to improving the social fabric of Glasgow by recruiting, training and giving experience to the city’s young people.


Notes to Editor

  • Pic captions – Dumbreck02 – Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty with MD Mark Johnston and some of the company’s apprentices.
  • Dumbreck Decorators is affiliated with CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) and MD Mark Johnston sits on the national board of Scottish Decorators’ Federation.

Issued on behalf of Dumbreck Decorators by JK Consultancy. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Dumbreck Decorators is an award-winning decorating contractor with roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Forfar. Operating under our direct, domestic and main contracting business streams, which also includes our spray applied plaster, Ames Taping and shop fitting divisions, we provide a full service to a diverse range of clients, including National Trust for Scotland, Heritage Scotland, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, social housing, churches, banks, offices, hotels, local authorities, industrial and private homes.