Why did you choose a career in painting and decorating?
When I left school I knew I didn't want to go to university - I had my heart set on going into a trade. A friend of mine was studying to be a painter and decorator at a local college, so thought I'd give it a try and that's how I first got into it. I haven't looked back since.
How long have you been in the business?
About six years now.
Do you work as a sole trader or for a company?
I work in partnership with Christian May, an old friend and fellow painter and decorator.
Which project would you say was your most memorable?
I'll never forget painting the doors of a local youth centre. We used shocking pink and electric blue and it gave the most striking result I've ever seen. I doubt I'll ever use those colours again, so it was great to do something a bit different.
What is the best thing about your job?
Seeing a happy customer after getting the job done always makes it worthwhile!
What is the worst thing about your job?
There's not really any negatives for me - although I'm not a big fan of cleaning brushes after they've been in the van all night!
And what are your top tips for someone just starting in the industry?
Work on your customer services skills and make sure you never come across as loud or obnoxious as that won't win over your customers. Your reputation is what gets you more work, so it's important to have that at the forefront of your mind when you're dealing with people.