Decorator of The Year

Dulux Select Decorator, Wendy Macklin, is celebrating after scooping the grand prize in the Dulux Select Decorator of the Year Awards, which honours the craftsmanship of accredited decorating professionals. The coveted accolade was presented to Wendy at the annual Dulux Select Decorators Christmas Ball ceremony, where she also won her category for an interior painting and decorating project worth over £3,000.

The Dulux Select Decorators scheme is an elite network of professional decorators who are approved by Dulux Trade and whose workmanship is guaranteed for two years by ICI Paints AkzoNobel. The scheme was re-launched in 2009 with even more exclusive member benefits, strengthened training packages and increased support for members, helping them to 'brush aside the competition' and win more business.

Wendy Macklin, Director of Quality Decor in Surrey, which she runs jointly with her husband, triumphed in the competition for her efforts in transforming a large Victorian house into four stunning apartments in Surrey, using colour and intricate painting expertise to give the interior a new lease of life. Beating off entries from decorators across the country, her project was favoured by the judges as it showcased her extensive range of decorating skills, first class craftsmanship and outstanding customer relations. As well as receiving the two prestigious awards, Wendy was presented with £1,500 worth of gift vouchers.

Also receiving accolades on the night were Daniel Montgomery from Daniels Decorating Services for an interior painting and decorating project worth up to £999; Tony Pearson-Young, of TAG Decor in Surrey, for an interior project worth between £1,000 and £2,999; and Melvin Gibbs from Home and Building Services, who won his category for the best exterior painting and decorating project.

In addition, decorators Sean Wilkinson, Steve Dove and Wayne de Wet were presented with Long Service Awards in recognition of their 15 year membership with the Dulux Select Decorators scheme.

Delighted by her success, Wendy said: "As the very first female decorator to win this award, I'm elated to have my work recognised through such a prominent accolade. Winning my category as well as the grand prize has provided a real boost in morale for our firm. Becoming part of the Dulux Select Decorators scheme has been invaluable to our business and getting crowned with this title will certainly help to increase our chances of work, particularly in this tough economic climate."


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