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Cream of the Crop

The cream of the crop from the painting and decorating world came together recently as the prestigious Johnstone’s Painter of the Year competition celebrated its 29th anniversary at the De Vere Carden Park Hotel, near Chester.

The competition, which celebrates outstanding work carried out by the country’s finest painting contractors, follows strict criteria set out by Johnstone’s technical department to ensure that only those worthy of one of the industry’s most sought after accolades make the cut.

With a record number of entries received, representatives from Johnstone’s technical team travelled the length and breadth of the country in order to hand pick this year’s 19 finalists. Looking at the quality of decorative finish, intricacy of the work involved and the technical and logistical challenges presented by the project, only the finest work made it through.

The pick of the bunch, claiming the title of Supreme Winner, was Ambrose Ellis for its striking work at Hyde Community College. It was clearly a year of top quality work from the staff at Ambrose Ellis as they also won in the Industrial, Commercial and Education category. Not only do they walk away with two prestigious awards, including the title of Johnstone’s Painter of the Year and the kudos that brings, but they also won a fully branded new van to ensure their business will never be missed in their local area.

Winners in other categories included Dunningham Decorators (Retail & Leisure category) for its work on London’s new ‘W’ Hotel, Keogh Decorators for the quality of the job at Corpus Christie Church (Period & Restoration category) and Cousins Ltd for the impressive nature of the work carried out Gatwick Airport’s south terminal (Special Interest category).

Ambrose Ellis directors, Mike Ambrose and Ron Ellis, were thrilled to win and Ron said: “We were absolutely delighted to have made it to the final of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year awards, and to then be named the Supreme Winner is just the icing on the cake! We faced strong competition from the other entrants and to have our work on Hyde Community College recognised at such a prestigious event is a real honour. We are already looking ahead to next year’s event and hope to have another winning project to enter.”

Steve Pocock, General Manager, PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland commented: “Congratulations to Ambrose Ellis for winning this year’s Supreme Winner title, as deservedly chosen by UK judging panel of technical experts. The work submitted by a diverse customer base in this year’s event clearly demonstrates the professionalism and craftsmanship of decorators, as well as giving me a great deal of confidence in the future of our industry. Johnstone’s is delighted to be able to continue to celebrate the quality of British decorating and to recognise the very best in the business through our Painter of the Year event. I am already looking forward to this year’s entries if the standard of the 2011 entries is anything to build my expectations upon.”

For more information on Johnstone’s and how to enter this year’s Painter of the Year competition please visit Johnstone’s website.


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