Press Release


George Bell OBE

We are very proud to announce that our Chairman and Founder, George Bell has been awarded an OBE for his services to Apprenticeships and Charity Fundraising in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2019.

‘What a wonderful feeling it is to be appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty’s birthday 2019 honours list.

To receive my OBE gives tremendous encouragement not just to me but to those around me, incentive to keep improving along with a huge desire to succeed in what we do in our daily lives and the communities that we work”

George Bell OBE


The award recognises George’s contribution to the painting and decorating industry through Bell Decorating Group’s work to support communities; his notable involvement with the Scottish Decorators Federation, Painting and Decorating Association, Scottish Enterprise and CITB ConstructionSkills to actively promote apprenticeships within the painting industry; and his contributions to the industry as a part of the advisory panel for Scottish Parliament.


Craig Bell, CEO said ‘As a business, and as a family, we could not be prouder of George and his achievements. Starting his career as an apprentice in a small town who was given a chance, he recognises the potential that exists in the UK outside traditional academic channels. George has helped to start, develop and inspire the career of thousands of people around the UK from all economic and social backgrounds.‘


Scottish Secretary, David Mundell commented “George Bell’s OBE recognises the enormous contribution he has made to the lives of young people. Through his successful property maintenance company, the Bell Group, he has trained more than 1,000 apprentices, giving those young people skills and confidence and setting them on the course for prosperous and successful futures.”


George is expected to collect his award at an Investiture later this year.

About Bell Group

Bell Group is one of the largest dedicated painting and maintenance contractors in the UK both in terms of directly employed workforce and geographical coverage. They directly employ 1760 skilled members of staff and have a projected turnover of approximately £105 million for the current financial year, all directly relating to their core business of property maintenance and refurbishment works.


Whilst maintaining our position as market leader, Bell Group remains a family-owned and operated company with their head office based in Airdrie, Scotland.


For information please contact:

Gemma Littell

01689 837977 or 07960 591 130