17 May 2024

Matthew Chapman

Johns of Nottingham

Registration from: 11:45am

Lunch: 12:30pm

In May 2024, we were privileged to hear from Matthew Chapman from the long-standing family business Johns of Nottingham.

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Matthew talked us through the history of this local success story. Johns of Nottingham was originally established in 1909 as Horace Johns under the name of H Johns Decorators Ltd. It has since grown to become a leading third generation business providing decorative, insurance reinstatement and facilities management services across the UK.

So, what’s the key to Johns’ success? Renowned for its high-quality workmanship and services, Matthew attributes the company’s long and proud history to both diversification and its people. The company still retains its National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators accreditation today, which was first awarded in 1911. Newly named Johns Decorators Ltd in the 1940s, it changed direction and later won a nationwide contract for Currys to decorate and signwrite the majority of its stores.

The company moved to Woodborough Road in the 1970s and became known as Johns of Nottingham in 1976. The following decades saw Johns win large commercial contracts, including Princess Alexandra Hospital, and the opening of its own decorating centre, still open to the trade and public today. The 90s saw a new division open serving the insurance reinstatement services claims sector. This division now boasts more than 6,000 claims completions.

But all this success would not have happened without its people… The average employee retention rate at Johns of Nottingham is more than 16 years. Some have served 60 years. The business has a strong engagement with local colleges and has its own apprenticeship programme through the CITB. Indeed, it has just been named SME Employer of the Year once again at the Nottingham College Apprenticeship Awards 2024.

Thank you to Matthew for sharing his family’s inspirational business story.


NCBC Event Details

Matthew Chapman


Established in 1909, Johns of Nottingham is a 4th generation family-run business providing decorative, insurance reinstatement and facilities management solutions to a variety of sectors throughout the UK.

Horace Johns founded the company to provide painting and signwriting services to the local area and in the late 1940’s, ownership of the business moved to William Chapman. 40 years later, the company had evolved beyond recognition, servicing clients on a nationwide scale and holding the status of one of the country’s premier decorating contractors.

Although it’s fashionable now, throughout its history the company has considered investing in people a priority and enjoys an average employee retention rate of 16 years. Matthew Chapman, the great-grandson of William Chapman, is now engaged within a business that has diversified from solely painting. Insurance reinstatement and facilities management now form a large part of its portfolio, despite that, of course, It continues to uphold its traditions, values and legacy.

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Arrival at 11:45, sign in and collect your badge before being escorted into the reception area.

Enjoy a bit of opening networking with the other members and guests of the lunch. Drink included.

Sit down for a two course lunch including a starter and a main followed by coffee. After lunch the guest speaker will take to the podium for their speech.

The meeting and lunch is drawn to a close.

Guests and members are invited to continue their discussions at Saltbox afterwards.

Parking is available at NCP Nottingham Stoney Street.


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