About the Painting
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About the PDA

The PDA's Purpose

  • To be the go-to trade association for enterprises of all sizes who operate in the field of professional painting and decorating services
  • To promote the range of services offered by its members to UK commercial markets and consumers
  • To continually strive to improve the image of the painting and decorating sector
  • To lead all lobbying activity on behalf of the UK painting and decorating trade
  • To establish and maintain business relationships with paint and   coatings manufacturers for the benefit of members

As the UK’s largest trade and employers’ Association in the painting and decorating industry, the PDA has members across the length and breadth of the country, and has been committed to encouraging best practice across the industry since 1894.

The membership within the Association varies from Sole-Traders, SME’s to large National Contractors. Work carried out ranges from internal & external domestic, decorative, commercial and major industrial contracts. Specialist work includes hand painted kitchens, wallpaper hanging, special effects, sign writing and murals. Our comprehensive ‘Find a Decorator’ search facility allows you to browse our membership according to your specifications.

Being a member of the PDA distinguishes professional businesses from the crowd as they adhere to the PDA Code of Practice which demonstrates their commitment to professional, quality workmanship and fair practice throughout their business activities. The support of the PDA also gives both the member and customer peace of mind in the unlikelihood of something going wrong as we offer arbitration reconciliation service so you know help is at hand.    

Because the PDA is a non-profit organisation we do not act the same as other corporate companies you find online. The monies generated from member commitment and associate support is reinvested to ensure the industry receives national and international representation. The PDA holds key relationships with membership organisations, government bodies, local authorities, training bodies, colleges, manufacturers, suppliers and the media to maintain standards whilst supporting and promoting new initiatives, innovations, legislation, campaigns and our members within the industry.

The association holds numerous meetings, including: safety, health & environmental, and education & training committees. We also hosts various networking and training events over the year on a national and regional scale. We also celebrate excellence from across the industry at the Premier Trophy Awards and Apprentice/Trainee Award, and the Paperhanger of the Year competition. Visit our ‘Events’ and ‘Awards’ page for further information.

To read about the fascinating story of the PDA, click here. or here for full Terms and conditions


July: British Decorators Association and Painting and Decorating Federation merged.

150th Anniversary Video


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire branches join to form the North East region as it remains today.


West Ridings association becomes the Yorkshire branch of the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators of England and Wales (NFMP&D).


23-24-25 October: Master Painter Edward Harland invited his peers in Bradford to form an Association 1st Convention of Masters Painters, Memorial Hall Manchester.

Creation of 2 societies:

  • The National Association of Master Painters of England and Wales (to become painting and decorating association
  • The Institute of British House Painters and Decorators (British Decorators Association)

First rules of the societies established


National Federation of Scotland.


Publication of the Journal of decorative art.


Several local associations of Master Painters - First on records in of meetings in West Ridings in Yorkshire.

Joining The PDA

Support and Growth

  • Legal Support
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Employment
  • Tax Support

Knowledge and Skills

  • Product Information
  • Training
  • Technical Advice

Market Profile

  • Free Profile on Website
  • Certification of Quality
  • Competitions


  • Representation
  • A Voice for the Industry

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