Current Johnstone’s Painter of the Year winner, Paul Crosby, has described the title as a “game-changer” for his business, with enquiries still flooding in 12 months on.


The sole-trader from York, one of 20 finalists shortlisted for the award, impressed the judges with his sensitive restoration of a Grade II listed home and was the stand-out winner on the night.


Paul, who owns his own decorating company in York, redecorated the stunning Georgian building following its conversion to a luxurious family home by restoring its original features and creating a contemporary living space at the same time.


He said: “I can’t tell you how much winning Johnstone’s Painter of the Year has impacted on my business in the last year! The enquiries have literally not stopped and it’s been one of our busiest years yet. I’m in no doubt that it’s primarily down to winning this award and the exposure we’ve received as a result.”


“I wish all this year’s competitors the very best of luck and my only advice to the winner would be to brace yourself for enquiries. This year has been phenomenal - a real game-changer!”


For more than 30 years, Johnstone’s Trade has recognised the industry’s finest professional decorators through the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year award. Its technical team have been inundated with an extremely high quality of projects this year. Winners will be announced during this year’s Painter of the Year Ceremony on Saturday 21st May.  


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