Apprentices taken on at decorating company

Picture shows (left to right): Tom Williams with apprentices Sam, Warren, and Jake. Ilkeston biz story from Kevin Palmer
Picture shows (left to right): Tom Williams with apprentices Sam, Warren, and Jake. Ilkeston biz story from Kevin Palmer

A painting and decorating company has taken on three apprentices and is looking to employ more workers to deal with increased orders.

Williams Professional Decorators, on Manor Road, Ilkeston is expected to doubling its turnover to a glossy £1.3m, with owner Tom Williams predicting to double sales again in the new year from April.

Tom himself was an apprentice with Notts County until an injury ended his footballing prospects. He then started an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with John Day of Ripley, finishing it with Sarb Decor in Ilkeston.

He set up the company in 2006 helped by dad Danny, who was in paint sales and who still does administration for the firm, now employing 11 people and 15 sub-contractors.

Tom started Williams Professional Decorators, just before the recession. He said: “Now the recession is over and firms are wanting work done we are reaping the benefits,”

Latest apprentices are Warren Wright, of Ilkeston, and Sam Vickers, from Belper, both aged 20, and 18-year-old Jake Newcombe Smith from Heanor, who spend each Monday on an NVQ course at Derby College, Pride Park, and four days on supervised work.

Part of Williams’ work involves spraying protective coatings on steel structures. This has included work for Heage-based Bowmer and Kirkland on a new Sainsbury’s and shops and a multiplex cinema at Hinkley.