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Thorn Baker Construction: THE KNOW-HOW YOU NEED

Operating from five locations across the UK provides the perfect infrastructure to allow us to serve candidates and companies up and down the country.

Visiting you on-site and finding out more about how we can help is what makes us tick. Only by discovering the ins and outs of how you do business can we find the right people for your project – and in doing so, we enhance our know-how of working environments in the construction industry.

We’re here to help you solve your unique challenges, so allow us to step in and alleviate some pressure. Clients regularly use our offices for interviews, whilst candidates don't have to travel too far to meet their industry recruitment specialist. 

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client testimonials

  • Cracking Service!Katie has found us some great Management cover over the past couple of years. She has always managed to understand the type of business we are and the type of people we need. We recently set her a task to find us a great full-time site Manager who fits our profile requirements and she certainly hit the brief Awesome work! Keep smashing it home Katie!We will certainly be looking to Katie in the future for any permanent positions as well as continuing with her placements for cover positions.

    Senior Contracts Manager, Grangewood Southern Ltd,

  • As a company we pride ourselves on all employees and workers sharing a common goal for excellent project outcomes and service to clients. It is therefore very important to us that agency workers share this view. Richard has been key to ensuring our company’s core values are understood by the agency labour before they arrive on site. We also find their accounting process very smooth; their team works well with our own accounts department to check hours are recorded correctly and invoicing is accurate. We would not hesitate to recommend Richard and the team at Thorn Baker to any new clients and like-minded businesses.

    Director, Wraxall Builders Limited,

  • I would just like to take this opportunity to say that Jack is an amazing help to me on this very very large project.  When my self and Jack converse he always gives me honest straight answers and has always provided exactly what he has said labour wise.  Jack always gives me a call on the day he has new labour starting to make sure I am happy.Really looking forward to Thorn Baker’s continued support over the coming months.

    Senior Site Foreman, Knowles Construction Limited,

  • Sid has been supplying me with freelance site managers nationwide for over a year. He has delivered on short notice and provided excellent service. I would recommend him to other Fit-out contractors.

    Operations Assistant, 7formation Ltd,

  • ​We have been using thorn baker over a long time period for a specific project and we have found no faults. The operatives are open to completing all tasks set by the site manager and are also able to use their own initiative if the site manager is completing other jobs such as paperwork etc. If we ever have any queries Thorn Baker are always at the end of the phone and are able to get back to us quickly.

    Brown & Kirby Ltd, Leeds

  • I have worked with Chris now for several years on various projects and have found that overall the operatives he has supplied have been very reliable workers.Chris keeps in communication regularly and updates us frequently on our requirements and is honest in his approach and we will continue to have a working relationship moving forwards on this basis. The stand out moment was when Chris himself came to site to do the job of the gateman!

    Senior Site Manager, Bellway Homes Limited (East Midlands),

  • Just a thank you for your service throughout the years from whoever I have worked for.Simon is a great guy who always comes through with what I need. Always happy to help and honest if no one is available.

    Site Manager, Lindum Group Ltd,

  • PJE have been using Thorn Baker for several years to source labour across the country and has always been provided with great service. Mitch is always very responsive to our enquiries and provides regular updates when sourcing labour, he’s built a great rapport with our Project Managers and always lets us know in advance if there are likely to be any issues with a particular geographical region or qualification requirement.

    Project Procurement & Logistics Co-ordinator, PJE Business Solutions,

  • We have worked with Thorn Baker for the last four years. As a company employing a large PAYE workforce it has helped supplement our labour and offers us more flexibility. We have found working closely with Thorn Baker has proved very successful. We have tried several agency companies but none offer the same personal touch.

    R. Moulding & Co. (Salisbury) Ltd, Bristol

  • Just a quick note to give credit when due! Katie is always a pleasure to deal with fantastic communication skills and attention to detail. Katie has a good understanding of the type of work we do and the tradesmen we are looking for, in both skills set and work ethic. I have no hesitation in recommending Katie to other contractors or colleagues. Roll on the next project so we can continue this good working relationship. Keep up the good work!

    Stonewood Builders, Bristol

  • I would like to thank you for your excellent service throughout the busy Summer period for the Building Trade, knowing the shortage of labour throughout many businesses, it was especially difficult to get hold of Painters and Decorators. My contact for yourselves was Mitchell Evans who went above and beyond to help me out, and the quality of painters and decorators that he provided were far and above any other agency that I used this summer.

    Contracts Manager, Optimum Combined Services Ltd,

  • We built up an understanding of mutual trust but also one of professional integrity. It is hugely important that my colleagues and I receive reliable and efficient service and Jack, time after time has delivered this and has exceeded my expectations. I’m confident that Thorn Baker provide a service which we can rely upon.

    Speller Metcalfe, Bristol

  • Thorn Baker has fast become our agency of choice due to not only the quality of candidate that is presented to us on a regular basis but also their integrity when it comes to making sure the candidate is right for us - and most importantly, within our budget!

    Helm Construction Limited, Bristol

  • 'Kip has proven himself to be a reliable and honest labour supplier on a number of our projects. He has a solid knowledge of civil trades and has always endeavoured to provide us with quality operatives - which he has done consistently meaning we handed over to the client on time. He is friendly, always ready to help and has built an excellent relationship with our company in both business and personal.'

    Carney Construction, London

  • Katie is a very client focused individual who is determined to supply the correct calibre operative. This will include regular contact from her to myself and the operatives to ensure that we have the right person to use efficiently and to overall control the costs. The difference between Katie and other Labour suppliers is that she is still actively involved throughout when labour is supplied-not just at the point of request/supply - this is the failure of other agencies.

    Crest Nicholson (South West) Ltd,

  • Rhian always works with total dedication and professionalism. She is personable and trust worthy. I would recommend working with Rhian without hesitation.

    OneNinety Manufacturing, Offsite

  • Rhian is an absolute delight to deal with, courteous, professional, and above all sensitive to both the needs of candidates and clients alike. I've found her to be patient and intent on securing packages that work for both parties with a view of long term placements, not just box-ticking. Rhian's attention to detail where work skills are concerned is also paramount, I found her to be very unique in reading between the lines of a typical CV to gather an accurate view of what a candidate can truly offer a business, rather than just "pigeon-holing" a candidate on first impressions. All in all, I would recommend Rhian to both candidates and clients whole-heartedly, truly a pleasure to deal with.

    Man Of Fire Ltd, Offsite

  • Thorn Baker were good to deal with.  They provided suitable candidates which met our specification.  No time wasters.

    Miller Contractors (Wales) Ltd,

  • I have worked with Rhian for many years and at each business, I have worked at she has handled all my recruitment requirements. ​​​​​​​ I have always found her professional and incredibly helpful, her attention to detail is great and she always put a lot of work into understanding the role and our requirements at an early stage and her pre-screening of candidates has always been very useful and saved a lot of wasted time on our part at the interview stage.

    Stewart Milne Timber Systems,

  • Rhian is the most organised and friendliest recruitment agent we have worked with, she makes dealing with the agency stress-free and an easy process. She is 100% reliable and efficient and has sourced us some excellent candidates. She comes highly recommended by us.

    5 Rivers,

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Mitchell for the service he has provided over the last 12 months. Simon has listened to our requirements when our workforce has needed a boost and has supplied us with pre-screened, appropriately qualified personnel as and when required. Simon takes the time to vet potential candidates before putting them forward, unlike other agencies I have used, who just supply a body regardless of whether they can do the job or not. When asked I recommend Simon without any reservations.

    Galtec Limited, Bristol

  • Marlborough Brickwork Ltd has worked closely with Thorn Baker for over 10 years, in challenging conditions, in a difficult sector. They have supplied experienced workers on a number of our construction projects, for both masonry trades and the fixing of secondary steel.  Thorn Baker is extremely knowledgeable and professional in their approach, but also maintain a personal touch in dealing with our needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to potential clients.

    Marlborough Brickwork, Leeds



  • Rob Ford

    Rob Ford, Construction and Group Director

  • Ted Grizzell

    Ted Grizzell, Regional Manager

  • Andy Marr

    Andy Marr, Key Account Manager

  • Jaimie Carwardine

    Jaimie Carwardine, Business Development Manager

  • Simon Brend

    Simon Brend, Business Development Manager

  • Rhian Newman

    Rhian Newman, Business Manager Offsite & Professional - Bristol

  • Andrew Jordan

    Andrew Jordan, Business Manager - Birmingham

  • Jack Parfitt

    Jack Parfitt, Business Manager - Bristol

  • Simon Jones

    Simon Jones, Business Manager - Leeds

  • Reece Thompson

    Reece Thompson, Managing Consultant - Leeds

  • Richard O'Reilly

    Richard O'Reilly, Managing Consultant - South West

  • Paul Stirk

    Paul Stirk, Build Principal Consultant - North

  • Katie Smith

    Katie Smith, Housing & Residential Recruitment Consultant - South West

  • Jason MacCuish

    Jason MacCuish, Fit-out Recruitment Consultant

  • Sid Choudhury

    Sid Choudhury, Professional Fit-out Recruitment Consultant

  • Simon Mitchell

    Simon Mitchell, Service Consultant - South West

  • Alex McAndrew

    Alex McAndrew, Service Consultant - South West

  • Adam Turner

    Adam Turner, Build Recruitment Consultant - South Yorkshire

  • Mitch Evans

    Mitch Evans, Fit-out Recruitment Consultant

  • Ben Knight

    Ben Knight, Civil Engineering Senior Recruitment Consultant

  • Oliver Mather

    Oliver Mather, Recruitment Consultant - Housing & Residential North

  • Chris Brend

    Chris Brend, Recruitment Consultant - Housing & Residential East Midlands

  • Daniel Bassett

    Daniel Bassett, Service Consultant - Midlands

  • Sean Scott

    Sean Scott, Labour Manager - North

  • Ellie Taylor

    Ellie Taylor, Labour Manager - North

  • Matthew Naini

    Matthew Naini, Labour Manager - East Midlands

  • Keira Carter

    Keira Carter, Resourcer

  • Thomas Kimberley

    Thomas Kimberley, Recruitment Consultant

  • Chloe Taquin

    Chloe Taquin, Recruitment Consultant - Housing & Residential