David Robinson, of Cullybackey, Northern Ireland, is celebrating after being selected as the UK's Most Trusted Decorator. Following its annual search to find the most dependable decorator in the UK, paint manufacturer, Dulux Trade, awarded the prize to David at a prestigious awards ceremony at Walton Hall, Warwickshire.
The 2013 competition was launched by Dulux Trade in March this year in order to celebrate the many painters and decorators in the UK that go above and beyond to earn their customers' trust. Over 700 nominations were received from homeowners nationwide, before a judging panel shortlisted 10 regional winners to go through to the final stage of the competition.
David was chosen as the regional winner for Northern Ireland, with customers praising him for his workmanship, friendly manner and excellent customer advice.
The national judging day took place on Thursday 28th November, as a panel of industry experts put the finalists through their paces, before deliberating on who should be declared as the UK's Most Trusted Decorator. David was named as the overall winner at an evening reception and award ceremony at the hotel.
Anne Tattersall, Marketing Director at AkzoNobel, parent company of Dulux Trade, said: "Through the Most Trusted Decorator competition, we wanted to show our support for the painting and decorating industry and highlight the trusted tradespeople across the UK who work with pride and passion. The response to this year?s campaign has been overwhelming, and we have heard some amazing stories about the decorators who regularly go above and beyond in order to achieve the best results for their customers.
"I am delighted for David, who embodies the values of trust and professionalism that the competition stands for. We were inundated with glowing testimonials from David's customers, who praised him for taking great pride in his work and delivering high-quality results. David's commitment to advising customers left the judges in no doubt that he was fully deserving of the outstanding reputation he has built up."
David said: "I was completely shocked when I found out that I'd won the regional title, and to be awarded the overall prize is the icing on the cake. Being nominated by my customers is very satisfying and a great honour, as it has always been my top priority to provide a service that they are happy with. I'm very proud to be recognised alongside such fantastic craftsmen, and I would like to thank everyone that took the time to nominate me."
As a regional winner, David has already received free membership of the Dulux Select Decorator scheme for one year, and as overall winner takes home a prize of free fuel for a year in recognition of his achievement.
For more details of Dulux Trade's search for the UK's Most Trusted Decorator go to www.trusteddecorator.co.uk