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Bee Draper and Chris Vincent

Why did you choose a career in painting and decorating?

We chose a career in painting and decorating because it something that we are both good at and enjoy very much. When we started some eight years ago we both had children who were primary school age, and through our career we were able to work around all of our commitments.

How long have you been in the business?

The Painting Ladies have been in business for eight years.

Do you work as a sole trader or for a company?

We work as a partnership.

What project would you say was your most memorable?

Our most memorable project was Urchins Bistro in Bude. We started work at 4pm, which was towards the end of their working day, and worked late into the night to redesign the entire restaurant area. It was lovely to see and hear the reactions of the customers the next day.

What is the best thing about your job?

What we enjoy the most is the variety of projects and the opportunity to meet so many different people in lots of locations.

What is the worst thing about your job?

The unpredictability of the weather when trying to complete outside work!

And what are your top tips for someone just starting in the industry?

Be reliable, clean and tidy, communicate with your customer at all times, have a professional manner and always have a smile on your face.

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