Kenny takes top spot as regional champion

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A St Helens man has been hailed as the UK’s top commerical painter.

Kenny Halsall won the title following a UK-wide search by Dulux Trade to find contractor painters across the UK who excel in their role.

Duncan Lochhead, commercial marketing manager at AkzoNobel, parent company of Dulux Trade, said: “Through the Most Trusted Contractor Painter competition, we wanted to raise the profile of contractor painters and highlight the importance of maintaining high quality workmanship.

“There was a fantastic response to this year’s campaign and it has highlighted the excellent calibre of people and unsung heroes that exist in the industry.”

Contracting companies were invited to nominate their brightest and best staff, and over 150 nominations were received. A judging panel then shortlisted seven regional winners to go through to the final stage of the competition.

Kenny was chosen as the regional winner for the North West after being nominated by his boss at Bagnells, Mike Worrall, who praised him for his dedication, rapport with clients and high standard of work. Kenny said: “Winning the regional title came as a big surprise and it’s incredible to win the overall prize.

“It meant a lot to be nominated by Mike Worrall, my branch manager, as I’ve been with the company for 30 years now and have had the chance to work on some fantastic projects.

“I’m very proud to be recognised in this way and would like to thank my company for supporting me.”

All seven regional winners received a football shirt of their choice and, as overall winner, Kenny also takes home two tickets to watch a premiership team of his choice, an overnight stay in a four star hotel and £500 to spend in his chosen department store.