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Danny Lucas left school at 15 to join his family’s small painting company, and has never looked back.
Initially working as an on site labourer, he developed a strong desire to succeed, and became a managing director aged just 31.
Danny helped the once small business, Lucas UK Group, to grow its turnover to £30 million in 2017, after taking control of the company in 2010.
Now executive chairman and managing director of the business, he said: “My management style has been hands-on, but I have made sure the whole team has bought into what I am trying to achieve.
“We have maintained our ‘can do’ attitude and always go the extra mile for clients. “Despite our growth, we can never forget the basic values we held as a family-run business.”
In order to help develop the company Danny has invested in premium tools, and his clients include a number of blue-chip contractors.
He said: “I wasn’t satisfied with the tools we use, yet I was always demanding the best quality finish possible, so I set about re-engineering the humble paintbrush. “I wanted to create a tool that we can be proud to use and own, in the same way musicians feel about their instruments.”
Alongside his day job, Danny gives YouTube talks about the industry, has developed new app, LitterGram, which aims tackle the UK’s littering problem, and published his book, Get the Tin Out and Paint the World.
He also has a TEDx talk planned for next spring and has formed a partnership with London South East Colleges to address the skills shortage in the construction industry.