Wednesday 17th January 2018 saw the launch of our fourth Painting and Decorating Academy. Bell Group is working in partnership with City College Plymouth to expand the range of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for their construction students.


On Thursday 14th December Riverside College, in partnership with Bell Group, launched the North West’s only Bell Decorating Academy which will provide a host of exciting opportunities for the college’s painting and decorating students. This is the third in a nationwide roll out of academies.

Taking place in the college’s £3.6 million Engineering and Construction Skills Centre, the painting and decorating department were presented with a plaque to mark the new partnership.


Volunteers from our Inverness branch gave up their time to transform a city school room at Merkinch Primary School in time for Christmas.

The Ocean Room was a little bit tired at Merkinch Primary School, which consists of a pupil roll of 350, and our local team stepped up and offered to help give the room a refresh.


On 5th December, Bell Group in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College, launched the Bell Decorating Academy which will focus on supplementing the painting and decorating skills taught in the college with hands-on experience.

The launch event took place at the College’s Anniesland campus, where the college was presented with a plaque to mark the partnership and Craig Bell, CEO of Bell Group, hosted a presentation and discussion with students.


As part of an international exchange, Bell Group recently hosted a student from Germany. Pia Bennemann from Ascheberg, Germany had been studying level 3 painting and decorating and was offered by her college the chance to come to the UK to learn new skills and gain valuable experience in another country.

Our team in the East Midlands have been working with Pia for the past few weeks and have been impressed with how keen she was to learn.


Bell Group raised a brilliant £806.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support through holding Coffee Mornings nationwide for an impressive three weeks! The event swept across our branches with a ‘Bell Group Bake Off’ also being initiated with the chance for the lucky winner to win three prizes.


Bell Group’s Airdrie team are proud to have raised £2,600.00 recently, when they teamed up with CarillionAmey at the Excelsior Stadium for Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

The firms hosted a five-a-side football tournament and fun day at New Broomfield, in support of Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

The turnout was brilliant! 16 teams all competed for the trophy, including teams from our Airdrie, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh and Aberdeen branches! It ended up being Bell Group final, Airdrie vs Kirkcaldy, with Kirkcaldy taking the win!


Hyde Housing along with Bell Group and other contractors have established a property services Health and Safety Core Group. The Group will support a more consistent approach to health, safety and operations which will make sites safer, as well as raising awareness of safety issues among contractors’ operatives.