Application forms have been sent out and entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Scottish Decorators Federation Annual Trophy in Painting & Decorating. The awards are open to Scottish Decorators’ Federation member companies for projects which have been completed in Scotland in the period 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2018.
The objectives of the awards are:
To demonstrate that high quality standards are achieved by reputable and qualified companies
To promote the highest standards of excellence in painting and decorating
To recognise the contributions that individual employees make to the success of a project
There are four separate awards that recognise not only the quality of the nominated project but also the people involved in managing that project.
Scottish Decorators’ Federation Painting Project of the Year: This project can be commercial or domestic, internal or external. It can use a variety of decorative materials from paints and varnishes to wallcoverings, specialist techniques etc.
Scottish Decorators’ Federation Contracts Manager of the Year: It recognises people who have demonstrated the core Scottish Decorators’ Federation standards of technical ability, good consumer practice and Health & Safety.
Historic Restoration Project: The award is open to members who have been involved with historic building restoration during the year. It recognises the highest standards of decorative application covering many techniques.
Historic Restoration Project, Contracts Manager of the Year: The award is open to members who have been involved with historic building restoration during the year. It recognises people who have demonstrated the core Scottish Decorators’ Federation standards of technical ability, good consumer practice and Health & Safety.
The judging panel will be chaired by Ian Rogers, Chief Executive of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation and tasked with the job of assessing the Scottish Decorators’ Federation core criteria of technical ability, good consumer practice and Health & Safety. They will be looking for a demonstration of consistent high standard of quality workmanship and customer service. Account will be taken of the complexity of the project, the management of the contracts and the involvement of apprentices / trainees.Below are the winners of the 2017 SDF awards and here some of our winners summed up the importance to them of winning such an award;
MacKay Decorators won Painting Project of the Year for the private residence in East Kilbride.
Mark Nevin said “Nevin of Edinburgh and MacKay Decorators enter the annual awards for the SDF to showcase our work. As active members of the SDF we know how high the standards are in our craft and we always aim to keep our standards at the highest level. It is always nice to receive acknowledgment for the work we do and to have the opportunity to win an award for it is always nice”
Harkness Painting & Decorating won the Historic Project of the Year for Gilnockie Tower in Canonbie.
Greg Harkness said “For us as a newly established and growing business this award has helped cement our reputation for quality and the exposure it has provided has helped us gain new leads.”
McLaren & Co (Mclean and Speirs Blasting Ltd) won the industrial award for the New Queensferry crossing.
Contracts manager of the year and was won by Joe Burlinson of Mitie Property Services UK Ltd for The Arbroath Signal Tower.
Joe said “I was delighted to pick up the award of contracts manager of the year from the SDF. This award is recognition of the hard work and skill of everyone from our painting team who were involved in the project”.
Historic contracts manager of the year was Walter Dickie of J&W Decorators for 9 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh.
Walter said “We are so proud of winning this SDF award, all of my team worked extremely hard on this project and it was an honour to be recognised by the SDF for our efforts”.
Nominations for the 2018 Awards will be shortlisted and successful entries will be judged by members of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation judging panel.