The Painting and
Decorating Association


Awards, Events and Competitions

The PDA award competitions encourage and support excellence from across the industry
whether that be the skills of an apprentice, sole-trader or national company.

All competitions are open to the whole industry so why not put your skills to the test -
this year could be your year.

Thank you to everyone who entered this years Premier Trophy Awards, we look forward to seeing you again in 2019. 


2018 Apprentice -Trainee Competition

The Results Are In

The awards presentation, hosted by Neil Ogilvie, PDA CEO, began with the PDA Apprentice /Trainee title, sponsored by Crown Paints, CITB and Purdy.

Abigail Johnson, from Bradford & Leeds College of Building, took the first prize while second prize was given to Megan Talbot from Oliver Gladwin & Accrington & Rossendale College. Eleanor Cleave of Bournemouth & Poole College took third place.

All competitors received a box of quality paint brushes from Purdy Paint Brushes.

Premier Trophy Awards 

The PDA Premier Trophy Awards began in late 1987 when a group of professionals and suppliers from the construction industry convened at the Building Employers Confederation headquarters in London to consider how to improve press coverage of the sector.

As a result of this meeting, the National Federation of Painting and Decorating Contractors (NFPDC) implemented a competition with the appointment of the Clerk of Works Incorporation Council (ICW) as independent inspectors.

It was decided that the objectives of the Premier Trophy Awards should be: demonstrate the diversity of skill and craft, show efficiency of service to clients, develop the highest standards of excellence for the industry.

The competition is now in its 30th year and still holds true to these objectives.


North East Regional Conference

It's time once again for the PDA's North East Regional Conference, which this year will be held at the beautiful Mount Pleasant Hotel In Doncaster.

Taking place from March 1st-3rd, the event will include the North East Region AGM on the Saturday morning and a gala dinner and dance on the Saturday evening. This will be a great event for all members and we hope to see lots of you there! Full details of the packages available, the AGM Agenda and minutes from last year's AGM are all available in the recent North East Region Bulletin, which can be accessed here.

The North East Region Bulletin also includes full details and booking information for this event, plus the dates of the regional and local meetings for 2019. For the conference, the booking form needs to be returned by 20th February 2019 in order to secure your space.  

Paint Ball 2018

This event has taken place. Please register your interest with us below if you would like to attend the next event.



The Paint Ball is the BIG event in the PDA calendar.

Get suited ‘n booted, eat, drink and dance the night away at our Gala Dinner.  Meet up with friends new and old and network with your fellow professional painters and decorators and find out what’s happening in our world.

We’ll celebrate our young professionals with the Apprentice Paperhanger Awards.

Robert Smith is running his ever-popular seminar entitled ‘Estimating by Measuring’ – a ‘must attend’ talk for anyone who wants to improve their estimating skills.

For early Friday arrivals, we’ve booked a trip on Liverpool’s world-famous river Mersey.  For those who are making a weekend of it, then Sunday could be the perfect day to enjoy at your leisure some of Liverpool’s many other attractions.

Date 27/28 October 2018
Venue Hilton Liverpool, City Centre Hotel
Programme Friday 26 October for early arrivals, trip on the Mersey river.

Saturday 27 October:

  • National networking event

  • Business and social networking

  • Estimating by Measuring seminar by
    Robert Smith

  • Apprentice Paperhanger Awards

  • Gala dinner and dancing to live music


Black Tie

Why not stay over on the Saturday night, and enjoy a leisurely day in Liverpool on Sunday. We’ve negotiated special hotel packages for members.

BOOK NOW and join us for what promises to be a great event.  Click here for booking form or if you need more information ring Yvonne Dominey-Tay on 02476 353 776 or email her at

Past Awards and Winners

                                                                                 2018 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                

                                                                                 2017 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2016 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2015 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2014 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2013 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2012 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                 

                                                                                 2011 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                  

Key Sponsors

Find a Painter and Decorator

© Painting & Decorating Association 2017. All Rights Reserved. Website designed by Wrapped Agency