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Valspar Trade is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Painting and Decorating Association’s (PDA) Premier Trophy Awards. Valspar Trade, leading manufacturer of professional paints and coatings is one of the ‘Loyal Sponsors’ of the prestigious awards, which recognises the skill and craft of those in the industry. The Premier Trophy Awards, launched in 1987, showcases the excellence of professional painters and decorators in a range of categories including commercial, industrial and residential projects, as well as awards for Small Contractor and the PDA Apprentice of the Year. The 2022 ceremony will be held on 7th July 2022 at the historic Plaisterers’ Hall in London.

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Apprentices battle it out in PDA competition 

Apprentices from across the UK have showcased their skills at three competition events hosted by national trade body, the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA). 42 apprentices took part in the PDA’s annual Apprentice of the Year competition, with heats held at colleges in Accrington, Coventry and Kent. The competition winners will be announced during the PDA’s Premier Trophy Awards at Plaisterers’ Hall, London, in July. The six-hour contest heats offered apprentices the opportunity to test their skills against their peers.

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PDA steps in to help members with cost of living

The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), has signed a new deal which gives its members – and their employees – discounts on food, travel and entertainment. The Take Time membership is in addition to existing member benefits which include trade discounts, legal and business support, as well as the Association’s independent mediation and arbitration service. PDA members can access their Take Time membership from May 20, at www.taketime.co.uk. PDA Chief Executive, Neil Ogilvie, said: “All PDA members and their employees can sign up for a free 12-month Take Time membership.

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The Paint Shed Celebrates 30 Years of Stores!

The Paint Shed, the UK’s most recommended independent paint retailer, celebrates 30 years of its stores this month. The family business started in 1956 and opened its first retail store in Edinburgh in May 1992. Since then, the company has opened a growing network of 18 stores across Scotland and Northern England, whilst continuing to expand its ecommerce business. The company’s eighteenth and most recent Inverness store opened in March 2022, and the Paint Shed will now soon announce a nineteenth store, opening in Scotland, during the summer of 2022. To celebrate the 30th birthday of its stores, The Paint Shed will be offering special discounts on products in store and online on Wednesday 18th May. There will also be celebration events in all 18 stores from 8am – 2pm, including giveaways, and special deals for visiting customers.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Understanding the Mental Health of Decorators 

Mental Health Awareness Week encourages people across the UK to not only acknowledge their own mental health and how to improve it, but also to learn the signs of mental health issues in others and how to help.  Recent industry research found that 50% of tradespeople in the decorating industry experience mental health issues due to their job. That’s why this Mental Health Awareness Week, it seems more pertinent than ever to understand the stresses that come with being a decorator – and together with Dulux Decorator Centre, we are exploring what can cause mental health issues for decorators and how to alleviate them. 

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Brewers Dorking Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce Brewers Dorking is now open! Located on 209-213 High Street, the brand-new Brewers Decorator Centre is in the heart of Dorking town centre and will be the ultimate destination for the finest brands in paint, wallpaper, fabrics, woodcare and sundries. With hundreds of the best brands and in store tinting facilities from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, Crown, Albany, Dulux, and Johnstone’s, you will be spoilt for choice! You can also take advantage of the Collect Anytime Service with a Brewers lockbox available at the new store.

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