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 next year!


Click the Premier Trophy Awards above to read more about this year's event

2019 Apprentice -Trainee Competition

The Results Are In

Having been in existence now for over two decades the PDA Apprentice - Trainee Awards Competition yet again demonstrated its permanence and popularity by attracting Painting and Decorating Apprentices and College Trainees from across England, Wales and Scotland. This Competition consistently attracts the best of UK Painting and Decorating Apprentice and Trainee talent with all competitors delivering with determination, interest and enthusiasm.

The competition sets challenging but achievable targets to promote and extend the abilities and skills of new entrants to our Industry. These new entrants are developing their industry skills and talents through Apprenticeships in local and national Decorating companies and through traineeships in our Further Education Colleges.

Three competitors have achieved successful outcomes. They demonstrated skill levels that exceeded those of their fellow participants:

1st Lewis Boyle - Alfred Bagnall &
Sons Ltd/Leeds College of Building

2nd Abi Johnson - Bradford
Council/Leeds College of Building

3rd Megan Talbot - Oliver
Gladwin/Accrington & Rossendale College

All competitors received a box of Monarch Elite and Pro-extra paint brushes from Purdy Paint Brushes.

Premier Trophy Awards 2019

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 31st year and still holds true to these objectives.


A wonderful weekend of Networking and Masquerades!

8-10 November 2019

We had a wonderful time at Oulton Hall for the PDA Networking Event. Due to adverse weather conditions, the outdoor activities came indoors, but that did not dampen the spirits. Several teams competed against each other with a series of activities ranging from brain teasers to agility challenges.

The winning team, which included Scott Oliver from Bournemouth and Poole College, walked away with a Graco 190 Spray machine which Scott is taking back for use at the college.
The evening saw the attendees don their eyewear for the highly anticipated Masquerade Ball. There was a lovely champagne reception with everyone enjoying the fun of seeing who was hidden underneath the fantastic eye masks and Venetian faces!

After dinner, the Paperhanger Competition Winners were revealed and then onto the live music and the even livelier dancing.

Thank you to all attendees and sponsors for this celebratory 125-year event, and we hope to see you all again next year!


Past Awards and Winners

                                                                                 2019 Premier Trophy Awards                                                                                

                                                                                 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                                                                                  

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