Different Strokes started life in 1999 and was founded by Robert Crawford, who at the time was an amateur cyclist when he began working as a one-man band painter carrying out small, domestic projects from his bicycle, with tins of paint on his handle bars and a ladder over his shoulder.


Following the successful completion of his first contract, the work kept coming in, and in 2001, Different Strokes Painting and Decorating was born. By this time Robert realised he needed help and employed two decorators, and in 2002, enrolled the help of May, his girlfriend, to look after the financial side of the business. Robert married May in 2006 and the Different Strokes family began to grow.


Eventually the business grew out of its office on Shap Road, and Different Strokes moved to its current location on Stramongate, in Kendal town centre. Further administrative assistance was required, and in 2010, Robert employed Hazel, a local family friend, as back office support to our growing team of painters.


Now in our 16th year, and with Robert and May still at the helm, we are proud to have a team of 15 painters, including apprentices, and an office support team of three. Many of our painters have grown with the company, and consequently have the same vision for quality and eye for detail that Different Strokes has committed to.

Our commitment to you

At Different Strokes, we take pride in putting our customer first.  Our aim is to complete your project in a clean and efficient manner, with 95% dust-free preparation and minimal fuss and disruption to your lifestyle or business.

We are:

  • Reliable when communicating with you and/or the occupiers of your property
  • Flexible, working around your individual needs and time frames
  • Professional and courteous to have on your premises.

We continually strive to improve on our service, and regularly ask our customers to provide feedback so that we can monitor our performance. Different Strokes has an ongoing training program with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, and our dedicated staff are NVQ qualified and trained in Health and Safety.

We are also proud to be:

  • ISO 9001 registered (a recognised award for quality excellence in business management and customer care)
  • Registered with Construction Line, an approved database of suppliers used by local authorities and large organisations
  • Members of CHAS - a trade health and safety recognition
  • An approved applicator of Repair Care - a resin timber repair system
  • Members of the Painting and Decorating Association
  • CITB affiliated
  • NEBOSH qualification
  • First aid
  • Trading Standards Approved

Open Positions

Experienced Painters

We are looking for experienced painters and decorators. Applicants must have experience in a high quality decorating role. Applicants with CSCS cards and a full clean driving licence preferred. Duties will include internal and external painting and decorating of domestic and commercial properties across Cumbria and Lancashire. Due to the nature of our work, applications are subject to a CRB check.
Approximately 40 to 44 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between 7.30/8.00am and 5.00/5.30pm with occasional weekend work. We have excellent rates of pay with a vehicle provided and overtime rates for additional hours.
Please apply in writing to Mrs May Crawford, Different Strokes Painting & Decorating, 12 New Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4AY. You can also call us on 01539 735960 for further information or email your CV to may@differentstrokes-kendal.co.uk


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