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Why Work for Bagnalls?

Our people are central to our 150 years of business success.

We employ around 650 people in a range of site and office roles. Apprentices are key to our people development strategy, with around 12% of our colleagues currently on an apprenticeship.

People development is a key value of ours. We offer opportunities for those who demonstrate the right behaviours to progress their careers with us and be promoted to more senior roles. The results of this approach are clear to see:

  • Our average length of service for all employees is 9.5 years.
  • Two members of our Board of Directors joined Bagnalls as apprentice painters.
  • Three-quarters of our Branch Managers joined Bagnalls as apprentices or management trainees.
  • Over 30% of our colleagues are current or former apprentices.
  • 70 of our colleagues have over 25 years of service with Bagnalls.
  • 98% of our office staff said Bagnalls was a good company to work for in our 2022 employee survey.

We are proud of our many awards, which demonstrate our commitment to our colleagues and how we help them to enjoy long-lasting, rewarding careers.

Our recent awards include:

  • Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2022
  • Large Business Apprenticeship Employer of the Year at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023
  • Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Highly Commended Finalist at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2023
  • Platinum Member of The 5% Club 2023
  • Family Business United (FBU) Top UK Family Business Apprentice Employer, 2023

We’re also very proud of the individual awards our people have won in recent years, demonstrating their commitment to the painting and decorating industry and to Bagnalls.

These awards include:


We are proud to be a Living Wage employer.  We offer our people a range of benefits. Depending on the role, these may include:

  • 30 days’ paid holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • paid sick leave
  • a free, confidential employee assistance programme (EAP) offering support and advice on a range of personal issues
  • free of charge branded workwear and site tools
  • a company vehicle (for those needing to drive regularly as part of their role)
  • bonuses
  • training and development opportunities
  • hybrid working (for some non-site roles)

People development

We give all our colleagues opportunities to develop their careers and gain further qualifications and licences. These can include:

  • IPAF licences, to work on mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs)
  • PASMA licences, to erect mobile towers
  • First Aid at Work qualifications
  • Mental Health First Aider qualifications
  • SSSTS/SMSTS Site Supervisor and Site Manager health and safety training
  • IOSH Managing Safely qualifications

We also offer longer-term training opportunities

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has given us funding to train our Supervisors and Contracts Managers, as well as offering a programme to those aspiring to progress into a supervisory role in the future. Some of our Supervisors have also undertaken apprenticeships, such as the Level 4 Construction Site Supervision course, to develop their careers.

Learn more about how our supervisors and managers benefit from their CITB leadership and management at Bagnalls.

Our Accreditations

From safe systems of work to our environmental policies, our accreditations assure customers of our accountability and dependability in our work.

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Health and Safety ISO 45001
Quality ISO 9001
Environmental ISO 14001
EcoVadis Gold
Supply Chain Sustainability School (Gold)
SSIP – Safety Schemes in Procurement
Achilles Utility Vendor Database (UVDB)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Dulux Connect
Cyber Essentials
Women in Construction
Living Wage Employer
Family Business United
The 5% Club – Platinum Membership
RoSPA Gold

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