After some 20 years of experience in painting and decorating (and some campaigning for British Sign Language rights), Colin Singh enrolled in University of Central Lancashire and set an aim to gain a degree in Interior Design. In 2008 he graduated and moved on to set up his own painting and decorating business which is now known as CLSi. However, ‘Colin' is the name that people use when they recommend his services to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours - word of mouth has been his best marketing tool.

Due to various reasons such as poor access to education combined with employers' attitudes towards deaf people, the unemployment rate in the Deaf Community is 13% compared to the national average of 4%. Being deaf himself, Colin's passion is in empowering deaf people to realise their full potential. Apprenticeships under CLSi would offer young deaf people an ideal way to gain qualifications by working in a sign language environment where communication barriers do not exist.