How and when did you get started in the decorating industry?
Started my own business at the start of 2020 after retiring from Police service.
I had a number of years prior to Police career painting/decorating and have completed house renovations , currently part of Trust in Blue which completes work for schools/ care homes etc.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Favourite part is seeing finished product and hopefully happy customer
And the worst bit?
Least favourite is pricing jobs
What’s your favourite tool for decorating?
Favourite bit of kit is my Mirka (until it breaks)
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made on a job?
Biggest mistake is first time using sprayer , left room door slightly open, overspray all over computer and wood floor
What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
Buy a detached house in the country, holiday and new car/motorbike
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Time travel to get the lottery numbers
What would you be if you weren’t a decorator?
I wanted to be a rock star but that ship has truly sailed
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would change the way it’s looked at as an easy trade anyone can do .
If you had to move your business to a new area and start from scratch, how would you generate new customers?
Flyers, local ads, social media , local pub
What do you get up to when you’re not working?
Hobbies are, motorcycling, can’t wait for COVID to end so rallies are back on and live music/ concerts
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Have the confidence to just give things a go. Things that you have a passion for. Learn new skills at every opportunity and move with the times
Thanks again to Gary for taking part. Remember, you can find out more about Gary and his company here:
Remember, I am looking to talk to as many decorators as possible over the coming months so we can share knowledge and hopefully raise the profile of the industry as a whole.
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