Having the painters in? You may want to check them out

PUBLISHED: 12:03 24 April 2014


Exmouth householders are being urged to double-check credentials before allowing painters and decorators to start work.

Tradesmen illegally using a special quality marque were among the top issues reported to a national trade body last year.

Now the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) is calling for extra vigilance in a bid to stamp out what is being termed ‘logo abuse’.

Chief executive Neil Ogilvie is frustrated to hear of non-members using the PDA logo.

But he says the credentials of painters and decorators can be quickly checked out.

He said: “Our logo is also our quality marque, which stands for confidence, professionalism and integrity.

“And as long-standing representatives of the highest standards in painting and decorating, it’s not surprising that many companies aspire to join us.

“But there are some unscrupulous people out there and one of the most common issues raised to us is abuse of the association’s logo.

“There are tradesmen who imply they’re in the PDA without fulfilling our strict criteria for membership, so it’s important to check out their credentials. People can look on our website or contact us so we can verify whether or not the trader in question is one of our members.”

The PDA requires members to have no less than five years’ experience as a painter and decorator. They must provide references and agree to have their work examined independently.

Mr Ogilvie added: “Our quality marque is recognised across the UK as a symbol of great workmanship at a fair price.

“It’s a copyrighted logo, so unqualified and unvetted traders who try to use it will be quickly brought to book.”

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