How a Thetford woman is painting her way in a male dominated industry

Sarah Dowson
Sarah Dowson
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Even now painting and decorating is still a male dominated industry – but one Thetford woman has started her own business.

Sarah Dowson who is 24, said: “I went for a two day trial with a firm called Painted Ladies and impressed them with my effort, enthusiasm and capability.

“From that I was given the opportunity to be put through a two year apprenticeship at West Suffolk College and I jumped at the chance.”

That was 2007. The Painted Ladies are no more but Sarah has started her own firm – Sarah Jane Decorating.

“Setting up my own business wasn’t easy. It’s taken a lot of time and hard work,” said Sarah who now also teaches painting and decorating at the college.

Contact her on 07538 002492 email or visit