WOW! We know how much we are committed to Apprentices but here’s the proof! Our founder Alfred Bagnall, first generation of the family business, was encouraging apprentices in 1899 – 117 years ago! Fred Spencer was recognised for his achievement in marbling, a skill not widely demanded in the twenty first century. Alfred Bagnall, was an apprentice painter himself and obviously saw the benefits even in Victorian Britain of having apprentices coming through the ranks of Bagnalls.