THE owner of a Knightswood-based painting and decorating firm is over the moon after being shortlisted for the Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2019.

Shaun McKay was previously the youngest winner of the company’s Trusted Trader of the Month Award and his business, Splash of Colour, has now been shortlisted for the big overall title.

The 26-year-old will face stiff competition from four other England-based finalists, including a tree services firm, a computing support business and a heating company, but is hoping to do Scotland proud at the ceremony today.

Following the announcement, he said: “I can’t believe my company Splash of Colour has been shortlisted for the Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2019.

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“To win the Trusted Trader of the Month in December 2018 was great. It just goes to show that hard work can pay off and I can’t wait to attend the awards in London on June 20.

“We will be representing Scotland’s painters and decorators and hopefully our trade gets the recognition it deserves.”

Splash of Colour specialises in decorating period properties and the former St Thomas Aquinas pupil took over the business from his dad Shaun senior in 2013, who he still works alongside.

The finalists have been whittled down from the 12 monthly winners and along with rave reviews, dad Shaun believes his son has impressed judges with his attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile, helping out a visually impaired customer and one who had a bad experience with a rogue trader.

Shaun Snr added: “It’s brilliant. It’s not down to me, it’s down to him. He had to win the Trusted Trader of the Month first and now he’s in line for the biggest award ceremony they’ve got.

“He’s the only one from Scotland and it’s like the Oscars of business with real big shots.

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“Young people always get put in a bad light, but he has been trying to do all this off his own back, so it’s a big accomplishment.

“We have had really good feedback from Which? He has impressed with old style customer service and it’s paying off.

“He tries to be meticulous in all he does and he’s so young, so I take my hat off to him. I hope he can pull this off for Scotland.”

The Which? Awards are judged by rigorous research and testing experts and along with the Truster Trader of the Year Award, includes categories which recognise the best in business across a wide range of sectors from retailers to banks and home appliances.

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