Bagnalls, one of the country’s leading national painting contractors, celebrates an incredible 140 years in the painting and decorating industry on Friday 13 March, 2015. The company was established in 1875, by Alfred Bagnall, an apprentice trained painter and decorator and five generations later, Stephen Bagnall, Alfred’s great, great grandson continues to run the family owned business.
Stephen Bagnall, Group Managing Director, spent the day visiting the Doncaster branch of Bagnalls, delivering a talk on site safety and company values to the painters and visiting the company’s painting academy to see what the apprentices had achieved.
Stephen said “We are proud to be celebrating such a landmark anniversary. We have a number of fundamental values, the key one being to continue to invest in people, our greatest asset. This, I believe, has been the bedrock of our success over many, many years.”
“The company also has a well deserved reputation for quality workmanship, customer care and professionalism in site safety. Qualities that can only be achieved by directly employing the painters who work on our customers’ premises and investing in their training and development.”
Bagnalls has an enviable record for the training and development of people with many employees having worked for the company for more than 25 years. Many of today’s craftsmen painters, skilled foremen and management at all levels started with the company as apprentice painters, just like Alfred Bagnall. The company’s continued investment in apprentices, competency training and safety procedures has been recognised by not only the industry’s trade body, the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) but also the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and national accreditation bodies such as Achilles and CHAS.
Bagnalls has also been involved in some noteable projects over its many years in the painting trade. These include the Empire Stadium (Wembley) and the British Empire Exhibition in the 1920s, hospital painting during both world wars, the Longbridge factory in 1932 which later became British Leyland, the British Aircraft Company in Filton which famously made the supersonic plane, Concord and the Shell Oil Refinery, Stanlow.
With such a prestigious history, it is understandable that Bagnalls continues to grow from strength to strength despite the competitiveness of the marketplace. Here’s to the company’s success over the next 140 years!