Our History

We’re still a family owned & family operated company. We’ve taken our years of experience to focus on one thing, painting & decorating your home


Family run business with over 30 years of experience

Experienced decorators local to your area

Easy booking, pick a start time to suits you

Premium service, details are everything to us

In the beginning…

It started in Glasgow, back in 1969 when George Bell left school at 14. In 1971 his entrepreneurial spirit led him to starting a painting & decorating apprenticeship. At aged 16 he was dedicated to learning his craft. George was leading a team of 500 staff at age 21! George focused on gaining knowledge & experience to set up his own business.

Follow your dreams

George bought a 50% share in established company DC paints as a starting point in 1984. This provided a service to the many clients he had built relationships with from the 70’s. Derek Collins was his partner. He also managed to convince some of his colleagues, like Joe Woods, to join him to follow his dream. He was attracted to the company because of the highly trained and quality workforce that carried out high end work at the time. Some of these decorators are still with us today. In 1985, Collins & Bell Ltd was established. They set up a new premises in Johnstone Street, Airdrie. They built a reputation for good service as well as quality workmanship within West Central Scotland. The business started to diversify into different residential & commercial contracts.

1988 – A turning point

1988 was an important year for the growth & development of the business. Bell Decorating Group Ltd was established. Acquiring Collins & Bell to support a change in focus to the commercial sector. Another key acquisition was that of John Miller & sons. This strengthend the already established values of the Bell family with another well respected family run business since 1875. Bell Group became members of both the Scottish Decorators Federation (SDF) also as The Painting & Decorators Association (PDA). Bell Group are the largest trade associations in the painting & decorating industry. They are committed to encouraging best practices across the industry since the late 19th Century.


A decade of growth

Moving in to the 1990’s, the business continued to grow. Both organically as well as through acquisitions. It was also also awarded an iSO 9001. They became a Dulux trade partner and our 100th apprentice qualified. The business started to diversify across numerous sectors. These included healthcare, education, social housing, retail and leisure. As well as MOD and security services, historical buildings and local authority, industrial and of course multiple commercial contracts.

Bell Group UK launched

Bell Group UK was launched in 1999. We are considered a market leader and our Group remains a wholly owned and operated family business. Craig, Georges son, took his dads place as CEO in 2017. As an organisation we pride ourselves on more than just the finished product. Our community engagement team seek out opportunities to make a positive impact to health & education for people of all ages. This is done through charity initiatives, work experience training and community regeneration. We also take a huge responsibility for the skills of the future too. We have x12 Bell decorating academies in local colleges across the UK. Bell Group is also considered one of the largest employers of apprentices within the construction industry.


Specialising in what we do best

Demand increased for a premium quality painting and decorating service for the home. Paint my Home by bell is established as a stand alone specialist service for our residential customers. Skilled and experienced decorators local to your area and all directly employed by us. We provide a comprehensive range of interior and exterior painting and decorating services to a guaranteed outstanding finish. Developed during the challenging early months of 2020, we launched our residential painting and decorating service. We are currently operating within the M25, Glasgow & Edinburgh. We have plans to expand into neighbouring regions soon.


Bell Group UK has 34 branches across the UK. They employ specialist teams in both the residential and commercial sectors. 12 Bell family members operate throughout the business and form an essential part of Bell Groups leadership team. Whilst continuing to maintain our family values & legacy. We have a long standing relationship with clients such as the National Trust and the Royal Household. Continually adapting to customer demand in the sector, we are always looking for ways to improve our customer experience by changing the way we do business.


Craig Bell – CEO

We are committed to creating beautifully decorated homes that you will enjoy for years to come

Contact us today to see how Paint my Home by Bell can transform your home