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September 08, 2014

New Website Showcases Professional Painters & Decorators

The launch of a new website by a national trade body allows householders to quickly identify professional, registered painters and decorators in their region.

Available to view at  the Painting and Decorating Association’s (PDA) new site has a host of new features to help people find skilled traders who adhere to the highest standards of professionalism. 

Members of the PDA must be qualified or have at least five years’ experience - and agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice.

The details of the code and membership requirements are all set out on the new site, enabling customers to fully understand the quality of workmanship they can expect from an Association member.

Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the PDA, said: “Painters and decorators come into people’s homes and customers want to know that person or company is to be trusted.

“Membership of the PDA verifies that an individual or company meets a set criteria in areas including training, experience and insurance provision - ensuring that professionalism comes as standard.

“The process is stringent and membership of the Association is not automatic.

“As a result, choosing a member of the PDA gives people the assurance that their selected trader has earned the right to display the Association’s blue, red and white quality marque – a symbol of confidence, professionalism and integrity.

“The website will also enable customers to request a quote and leave feedback after the job is finished.

“We wanted to provide more than a review-only website, and we can now signpost consumers to a quality professional, under the banner of one of the UK’s largest trade bodies, and give a complete service to support them online.”

For more information telephone 02476 353776, email or visit:

Shepherd PR News

September 08, 2014

Shepherd PR Extends Apprenticeship Scheme

Shepherd PR is on the look-out for more apprentices to join our growing team.
Our company, based in Ashbourne, has already taken on two youngsters after starting the training scheme last year.
Now we are looking to extend the successful programme by offering places to two more new recruits.
The firm, which generates media coverage, videos and award entries for clients, as well as managing social media, needs extra support for the video team along with help for the social media and news departments.
Jo Foster, Shepherd PR online manager, said: “We have found that apprentices can offer real benefits to our business and we’re pleased to be able to offer these opportunities in the area.
“We’re looking for people who are energetic and enthusiastic, with an interest in business and the media.
“This opportunity will give two people the chance to gain some great experience which they can combine with additional training.”
The scheme has already proved a success for two former students at nearby Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

Kathryn Moorcroft, aged 19, has now moved into full-time employment at the business after completing a 12-month Social Media apprenticeship which combined work with studying at Derby College.
Kathryn has since returned to QEGS to give a talk about her experiences as an apprentice and the benefits it can offer.
Georgia Handley, aged 17, is currently studying Business Administration at Derby College as part of her apprenticeship at Shepherd PR, and almost 12 months on, is an integral part of the team.
Ms Foster added: “Both Kathryn and Georgia have contributed to the team and demonstrate what can be achieved by hard work and a drive to succeed.”
Anyone interested in the social media apprenticeships can contact us by telephone on 01335 368020 or by email: 

September 08, 2014

Flood Champion Appointed To New Protection Role 

National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has appointed acclaimed flood protection campaigner and consumer champion Mary Dhonau OBE.

Mary has been appointed as the head of the PCA’s new Flood Protection Group responsible for helping to steer and shape this developing section of the Association.
The Flood Protection Group has been developed by the PCA to help consumers locate experienced, skilled, dependable specialists who are able to provide reliable flood resistance and resistant solutions that can protect homes and businesses across the UK. 
Mary became a powerful advocate for flood resistance and resilience after her home was flooded in 2000 and received an OBE in 2009 for her tireless campaigning on the issue.
At the PCA, one of the areas Mary is looking to develop centres around the concept of ‘property level flood protection,’ where homeowners play an important role in building flood protection measures into their homes to counteract and limit the impact of flooding events.
Mary said: “A number of the property level flood defence and resilience measures installed after the floods of 2007 have been tested recently and they have worked.
“The result is dry homes that would have otherwise flooded or buildings that will be reoccupied in weeks rather than months or years.
“We want to see this type of work adapted across the country and help to dramatically reduce the impact of flooding throughout the UK.
“The creation of the Flood Protection Group provides a national platform to promote best practice, high standards and, most importantly, peace of mind to those who have or could be affected by flooding, delivering solutions for communities nationwide, with the reassurance of UK-wide standardisation and assurance.
“It will give consumers certainty in getting the right products for the right property – with future resilience features built-in - and provide insurance companies, property professionals and householders with access to consultants, manufacturers and contractors offering a recognised and reliable approach to prevent the flooding of buildings.”
The PCA is noted for its training and technical expertise, with an industry-recognised training programme and a renowned technical panel able to share best practice and guidance with members.
It is also a scheme operator of Trustmark, the Government-backed scheme which aims to help consumers find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen when making improvements or repairs to their homes.
To find out more, log on to the PCA website at or call 0844 375 4301.

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