Dulux Academy Design & Decorate Challenge
Our 2018 Winner Stuart Yates!
The Dulux Academy has crowned Stuart Yates, of Stuart Yates Decor, Chesterfield, the winner of the second annual Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge.
Acclaimed by the judges for his unique craftsmanship – his eye for design plus expert wallpapering skills – Stuart will now receive the money-can’t-buy prestige of seeing his wallpaper design made into bespoke rolls of wallpaper by Graham and Brown.
His prize includes the unique chance to see his paper being made at the Graham and Brown factory in Blackburn; further complemented with a factory tour and a luxury stay the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa with meal for two, plus a Dulux Academy goody bag. Not to mention, the kudos of being crowned UK champion.
Stuart has been named the challenge champion after successfully beating off exceptional competition from experienced decorators across the UK. The stellar judging panel – consisting of head judge Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive Officer at the Painting and Decorating Association; Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux; Mark Rigby, Skills Development Consultant at Dulux Academy; Louise Stevenson, National Account Manager at Graham & Brown; and Rebecca Ireland, Product Manager, at Graham & Brown – praised Stuart for being “a credit to our sector”.
Mark Rigby continues: “The voting could not have been tighter. Scoring was out of a potential 300 points and the difference between second and first place was a mere three points. The voting included the public vote which accounted for 25 per cent and we placed huge emphasis on ensuring all the judges worked independently to each other, for a completely impartial result. Stuart stole the crown because, across our diverse judging criteria, he exhibited the best skills across the board.”
Stuart sees this announcement as a real springboard for his business. He explained: “This award is important to me because it’s important to my customers. They want to work with the best in the business and this award carries huge recognition. For my own business point of view, it gives me huge competitive edge. If a customer receives three quotes at a similar price, they will opt for the quote from a national award winner.”
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