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Welcome to the Scottish Decorators' Federation
Welcome to the Scottish Decorators' Federation
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We are Scotland’s trade association for the painting and decorating industry. We exist to be the voice for the decorator and to improve the image of the industry.

We do this by ensuring our members are reputable, qualified tradespeople who follow our Code of Conduct

We are an influential, lobbying body and provide our members with access to the latest knowledge, training and skills and by negotiating with UNITE the union on wages and conditions for the industry.

Our members undertake approximately 75% of the painting and decorating work in Scotland. More than half the industry’s 30 manufacturers are members of the SDF.

Our apprenticeship registration arm, the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) , was established in 2009 at the request of the industry. It is a partnership with CITB-Construction Skills and SQA and now registers 80% of CITB-Construction Skills’ apprentices in Scotland.

If you’d like to make your business life easier as well as gain support, friendship and a chance to make a difference to the industry then join us.

Member Benefits

Exclusive discounts on Vauxhall / BMW | Mini –

SDF members are offered significant savings on Peter Vardy car or van sales and aftersales, including free ply lining on any commercial vehicle purchased, £200 additional discount on any vehicle purchased and free seal and protect and much more…

See our Facebook page for current offers or call us on 01786 448838 and a member of the team will be happy to help

Members have access to free legal advice from the SDF, covering employment law, which is available 24/7. Call us on 01786 448838.

If we need to speak to our legal advisors, Simpson & Marwick, we will get their advice on your behalf.

For more complex matters, we will put you directly in touch with our employment lawyers for a free initial consultation. Any further consultations will be charged at a special reduced rate for SDF members.

Your Membership Pack includes a Staff Handbook and Working Rules that contain important information regarding employment rights.

For more information, please call us on 01786 448838 and a member of the team will be happy to help

We have a bank of insurance advisors whose services and advice are free and available to all members.

For more information, please call us on 01786 448838 and a member of the team will be happy to help

Through the Scottish Painting Council,  we negotiate with the Union on all conditions and matters related to the trade. We immediately inform members of any new agreements well in advance of them being rolled out, giving you good time to plan for any changes.

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The Federation’s apprenticeship registration arm, the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) was established in 2009 at the request of the industry.

It is a partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland, and CITB-ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council. SPADAC now registers 80% of CITB-ConstructionSkills’ apprentices in Scotland.

SDF / SPADAC is the certification awarding partner with SQA and they both sit on the SQA liaison partnership committee.

The committee meets regularly to design, update and assess qualifications for the industry. The representatives ensure the colleges are delivering to the standard required by the industry, assess the Skills Test centres and provide inspectors for the Skills Test.

The committee is a requirement of SQA to ensure that the relationship with the SDF is progressing in a mutually beneficial way.

If you want to make a difference to the industry from the inside, contact us to see how you can get involved with a committee.

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The Year Book contains key information such as office bearers, wage rates, health and safety policy, code of conduct and reports and is included in your Membership Pack.

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For more than 25 years, we’ve produced a regular newsletter to update members on new legislation, health and safety and industry updates as well as new products, members and SDF news.

Newsletters from the last year are included in your Membership Pack.

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Members’ get access to the Members’ Area of the SDF website where you can obtain sample contract forms, details of relevant regulations, payment calculations and much more.

Membership also means that prospective customers can find you through the Find a Decorator

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When you join the SDF you will receive special offers, discounts or information leaflets from manufacturing members.

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We offer a “No Collection, No Fee” debt collection service for members.

For nominal charges, members can also access other support services including basic commercial searches, domestic searches, full company reports and business monitor.

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Members – and company member employees – can access cost savings on business and holiday travel.

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SDF members are entitled to a reduced membership rate of the private healthcare scheme.

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We promote the SDF and circulate membership to a wide range of bodies, including Councils, health boards, banks, building societies, property holdings (Scotland), Chambers of Commerce and other organisations.

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To promote your membership of the SDF – which denotes high quality of service and work – we have a range of merchandise available, including car stickers, van roundals, ties, diaries, umbrellas and good quality sweaters, polo shirts and ties.

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Members can take advantage of specially discounted design packages for website and business stationery provided by Wink Creative.

Members’ websites will be linked to the SDF’s.

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Our members are reputable, qualified tradespeople and, as such, there is a strict criteria for SDF membership:

• Employers must have been trading for a minimum of two years

• Alternatively, start-up companies will be assigned an SDF mentor

• Their staff have to be fully trained to SVQ3 standard, and work to proper certified standards and legislation

• They must follow the Federation’s Code of Conduct

• They must possess all the required insurances

• They must have a landline telephone

• They must provide at least two customer references with an inspection to be undertaken to verify their competency.

What next?

1. Check you fulfill the criteria

2. Complete an application form and send it with your payment

3. The SDF will check your public liability insurance, references and inspect your work

4. If you’re approved you will be sent your Membership Pack and can access all our services.

For more information, please call us on 01786 448838 and a member of the team will be happy to help.

SDF membership is open to:

• Decorating contractors (sole traders and companies)

• Manufacturing businesses (paint manufacturers, paint and wallpaper suppliers, merchants supplying materials and equipment)

• Affiliate membership (any business or person outwith either contractor or associate membership).

Membership fees are calculated on a per capita (number of operatives) basis, starting at £227.37 p/a ex VAT for sole traders.

Membership runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. If you join mid year, fees will be calculated pro rata.

Please call us on 01786 448838 and a member of staff will be happy to advise you on the appropriate membership fee.

1. Download, print and complete the Application Form

2. Contact us to confirm your membership fee on 01786 448838

3. Send your completed application form and payment to

Scottish Decorators’ Federation
Castlecraig Business Park
Players Road
Stirling
FK7 7SH