After my A levels I worked at AJ Akehurst & Son, Decorators Merchants in Woking, Surrey and then for Cane Adam in Weybridge.
I gained a thorough understanding of all of the products that go into Painting and Decorating. Seeing the business from both ends while sitting in the middle was fascinating.
I met specialist representatives from the major paint companies, Dulux in particular, and gained a wide spectrum of ‘product’ and ‘technique’ knowledge and know how. At the same time I advised and assisted many local tradesmen and decorating firms, discussing appropriated materials, colour schemes and interior design options.
I became more and more interested in the projects that these firms were undertaking.
They had the satisfaction of seeing their clients’ premises being transformed. I was repeatedly asked why I wasn’t putting my skills and know how into practice?
I decided to make the leap into decorating in 2000. I trained with All Stars Decorating in Hersham, Surrey, learning essential tricks of the trade and gaining hands on knowledge of the client perspective of the business.
I was lucky enough to work on some very high specification jobs in Richmond (including the homes of Chelsea FC footballers!)
Within two years I was managing projects for All Stars and felt that I had the knowledge and experience to handle any kind of decoration and restoration job. Whilst recognising that I would always be learning and improving my own range of skills, I was confident that I had built up a network of specialist tradesman that I could rely on to produce and complement the high standard of result that I always expect.
I formed my own company in 2002, in Camberley where I live, since then business has grown steadily and I have been lucky enough to have worked on some of Surrey’s most beautiful homes from Hook Heath Road in Woking to Waverley Drive in Camberley.
I have employed teams to undertake complete home transformations, have redecorated interiors and exteriors of all sizes of property (small and large) and am very fortunate that I now boast a glowing reference list from all my local customers.
I look forward to each new project and to seeing the pleasure that a job well done creates!