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Apprentices Since Victorian Britain At Bagnalls!

11th February 2016 Paul Andrews

Bagnalls is clearly a family business that has had apprentices at the core of the business from the start!

Established in 1875, Bagnalls continues to be one of the country’s leading painting, decorating and specialist coatings contractors.

From modest beginnings over 140 years ago in Shipley, West Yorkshire, the Bagnall Group of Companies has become renowned for its ability to undertake contracts successfully in any location, of any size, nature or duration with the personal service that one expects from a firm now in its fifth generation. The Group’s outstanding reputation has been achieved and maintained through a succession of experienced managers and staff and a well trained team of directly employed operatives, many having worked their way up the ranks from starting out as apprentices with them.

Searching through the archives has revealed that the investment in apprentices goes back further than anyone could have imagined.  Their founder Alfred Bagnall, first generation of the family business, was encouraging apprentices in 1899 – 117 years ago!  Fred Spencer was recognised for his achievement in marbling, a skill not widely demanded in the twenty first century.  Alfred Bagnall, was an apprentice painter himself and obviously saw the benefits even in Victorian Britain of having apprentices coming through the ranks of Bagnalls, a pattern that continues to this day.

As Stephen Bagnall, the current generation of the family at the helm adds, “Bagnalls are committed to an ongoing apprentice programme within the business and it makes me proud to know that the company is still continuing the legacy of our forefathers.  Our commitment has been strengthened even more with our recent membership of The 5% Club, which requires companies to make an ongoing promise to the recruitment and development of apprentices and graduates.”




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