Introducing the Dulux Academy Podcast



It's been a tough time for people in the world of decorating over the past few months, so here at Dulux Academy, we decided we wanted to share some best practices, and take a look at how professionals can make the most of the situation and adapt to the new normal. We will be interviewing some characters of our trade, and some industry experts throughout this series to chat about life as a decorator during and post lockdown.

Meet your host

Meet your host..


A little more about Dulux Academy Skills Development Consultant Tony Pearson-Young

Upon leaving school, Tony gained an indentured apprenticeship with a commercial painting contractor in Manchester, and quickly realised he had a passion and a skill for painting and decorating, which led to an Advanced City & Guilds - with Distinction. Ten years later he started his own business and has received a number of industry awards and accreditations. Thirty years on, his passion and a pride for painting and decorating are as strong as ever, as he looks to share his knowledge and pass on skills to course attendees at the Dulux Academy, and now with you as the host of the Dulux Academy Podcast.

Episode 1:

Lessons from lockdown


In our first episode, hear from Tony and three decorators on the lessons they learnt in lockdown that can help take your business forward

Episode 2:

Staying Happy & Healthy


Tony talks to decorators facing mental health challenges, as well as Bryan Clover, CEO of home improvement industry charity Rainy Day Trust

Episode 3:

How normal is the ‘new normal’


Decorators Carl Lesh and Steve Dove speak to Tony about whether the ‘new normal’ is really that different to how they were operating before

Episode 4:

Are homeowners doing it all?


With a buoyant home improvement market is there still a need for a professional decorator? We’ll look at the facts and figures from 2020

Manage cash, costs & customers
Episode 5:

Manage cash, costs & customers


What are the lessons that the small business owner can take from the corporates and what can the corporate world learn from them?

Adapting to change
Episode 6:

Adapting to change


We cover the importance of how we adapt to the changes around us that are both in and out of our control.

2020 Podcast Party

Episode 7: 2020 Podcast Party


Join us for a virtual podcast party where we reflect on all the positives and fun this very strange year has delivered for us all.

Tools of the trade

Each week we also ask our guests about one ‘tool’ they can’t live without, find out what your fellow professionals always have in their van

Now press play and let’s talk trade...


Whether you're new to decorating or a seasoned pro, we’re all in it together, so join our community and hear from others on how to succeed in the world of professional decorating!

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