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FLASHBACK

! Do you remember the sleek work our Specialist Joinery Division completed MELIÁ Hotels & Resorts https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/newcastle/innside-newcastle/open-living-lounge.htm Have a look at the Professional finish of Bars, Tables, Screens, Seating and More #joinery #leisure #flasback #proud

Praise, Collaboration and Welcomes

We hope all is well with you and wanted to share some positive news.

We were pleased to hear from one of our Site Managers about the relationship built with the caretaker at St Teresa’s School where he was working for us over the Summer.  He provided positive feedback to us and back to Stan and the school regarding Stan’s voluntary commitment and cooperation to enable access everyday alongside the final weekends of the Summer to enable us to complete the works required.  Well done Stuart and the team also on successful completion and dedication to get the job done.

Stuart and Stan outside St Teresa’s School

Additionally we would like to thank another of our Site Managers Mykall and those who supported him in a tremendous team effort to turn around the progress on Egglescliffe School despite initial set backs beyond our control.  With the right support in place the team managed to turn things round and successfully deliver on the project.

The Summer has been tough with further constraints compounded by C19 within the industry with skills and material shortages so huge recognition and thanks goes out to all of our staff and supply chain partners.

In order to help support our ongoing commitment in investing in our people through communication, meaningful conversations, feedback, support, training and development we have launched a new Personal Development Programme which we hope contributes to enriching our work environment and wider community.

Welcome! As you may have seen from recent social media posts we are fortunate to be able to welcome 4 new apprentices this year to Manners making that 7 currently on programme currently within the business.  A great investment for the future.  We are also fortunate to welcome on board other recruits within the business following successful recruitment campaigns and continue to actively recruit for hard to fill Joiners (in particular Bench) if anyone knows any suitably skilled experienced labour out there hop over to our Careers Page for more info.

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Director Announcement

We are pleased to introduce our new Pre-Construction Director Steve Francis.  Leading our Estimating facility Steve has extensive experience in the industry, as well as running his own consultancy providing Quantity Surveying services to contractors and clients.  “I have worked in construction in the North East region for 40 years, 15 of which have been at Senior  Management level in businesses such as Keepmoat, Esh, and Gentoo.  Having grown up in Bishop Auckland I am very pleased to be joining the company and appreciate the long heritage and tradition associated with the name, and I hope that my experience can be of benefit to the whole team” explained Steve.

Simon Manners, Managing Director welcomes Steve stating “Steve has already made a fantastic addition to our Senior Management Team. We wish him all the success in his future with us and look forward to working together”.

With 2021 came the retirement of two of our long standing Directors Martin Wheelhouse and Alan Crawford, we hope they are enjoying a very happy retirement and thank them for their long service and dedication over the past some 40 years each.

Opportunity has arisen through this natural attrition also with the internal promotion of Joe Reed who now heads up Small Works, well done Joe! We are also seeking an Estimator / Assistant Estimator to support Steve and help shape the Pre-Construction function within T. Manners as we move forward. Please check out our careers page for more information on this exciting and rare opportunity!

Robert Manners, Finance Director, commented “We have been privileged to have benefited from a strong well established core management team for some 20 years and will continue to build and strengthen based on this experience and systems put in place”.  

For any Estimates, Construction, Small Works, Specialist Joinery, Mechanical (all plumbing aspects) or Fire Doors (install and maintenance) please do not hesitate to contact us to explore how we may be able to support your requirements.

We are truly privileged to be involved in the construction of bungalows and apartments on a former school site in Bishop Auckland (King James) The original facade of this historic building which once educated Stan Laurel dates sum 400 years and a condition of the build is to preserve this through the construction of the new builds to surround it.

The team have done a tremendous job so far in the preparation, and we made a momentous step in erecting the steel framing which will provide stability to the fragile front of what will be a fantastic asset to the towns architectural scene.

video credit Bishop Auckland Cricket Club

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for further updates as the site starts to take shape.

Stan Laurel Site Progresses Nicely

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Flashback Friday!

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Whitley Bay in this glorious sunshine, take a look at The Spanish City! It has been around three years since we completed our project there, which comprised of restoration of existing timber windows, renewal of timber doors, refurbishment of wood paneling and the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture. I’m sure you’ll agree the completed photos are fantastic!

Opportunities

We are delighted to end this week reflecting on some press releases regarding key contracts completed within our Construction Division. Well done to the teams involved! We have also had great feedback from Co-op themselves and Howarth Litchfield. Check out the articles here:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19277020.new-county-durham-shop-offers-amazon-john-lewis-click-collect/

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/people/former-royal-marine-wounded-in-afghanistan-finally-gets-forever-home-in-south-shields-thanks-to-amazing-project-3216465

We are fortunate through both strategic and organic growth to be able to support many of our own projects as well as operating in their own entity with Mechanical and Fire Door provision also, as well as Specialist Joinery if we are lucky enough to. Contact us if you have any enquiries.

We also have some fantastic opportunities to join our team so please do check out our careers page for more information if you or someone you may know who could be suitable!

Our Journey

A Family Business ..

A Family Business: but what does that mean to us? We are proud of our heritage, and when we could not celebrate our 160th year in business last year (5th generation in) we have taken to community partnership opportunities to support other local businesses and charities, encourage mental health and wellbeing as well as take as much consideration into the HOW we operate as we do in WHAT we do and produce! I LOVE hearing stories from our Site Managers on how they have helped make christmas grottos to recycle and reuse for the local community of their site or leave dog bowls of water for local walkers. It is the small personal touches. Keep an eye out, we have an exciting bake off style collaboration with Fifteas Vintage Tearoom  and Sandringham Care Home  in 2 weeks time! (All employees / family encouraged to partake!) Please show your support by liking theirs and our pages and placing reviews where you can (social media platforms, google, yell etc) Thank you 💗 #loveconstruction #consideratecontractor #familybusiness #LoveBishopAuckland

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St Godric’s Close, Durham 🏡

We were awarded this Design & Build project to provide 17Nr bungalows as part of a social housing scheme. You may remember we had previously posted the site plan just before we had made a start on site. Here is an update on the project, keep your eyes peeled for more updates in the near future 👀

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ISO Success! 👏🏼

We have received our new ISO certification just recently. We’d like to thank all who contributed to help achieve this! Below is some feedback we have received from our most recent audit:

✨ Strong Systems in Place

✨ Good Communication Channels in Place, Resulting in Repeat Business

✨ Good Commitment and Knowledge within the Company, Good Sponsorship from Directors

✨ Excellent Feedback from Clients

✨ Robust H&S Audits

✨ Sites in Great Condition

✨ New Website looks Good

✨ Good use of Internal Audits

Critical Workers: Thank you, Stay Vigilant

At the beginning of this year the Government announced that the construction industry will remain open during the current lockdown period, with Government guidelines providing greater clarity stating “people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing… should continue to travel to their workplace”.  The full letter issued to the industry can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-the-construction-sector-november-2020

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, our supply chain and stakeholders and everyone doing their bit to follow the guidance above and beyond in order to try and safely get us all through this Global Pandemic whilst also working hard to preserve our National Infrastructure and Economy. 

We continue to champion safe working practices with additional robust COVID related risk assessments and procedures.  Providing all necessary PPE required as well as items for best practice such as SOPs, training, temperature checks, masks, sanitation, priority testing through the NHS.  We encourage close communication and a ‘speak up’ culture to ensure full support is on hand and as our staff, and their loved ones, start to receive the vaccination we continue to adhere to the measures in place so we all can have peace of mind that we are all doing what we can to be safe for ourselves and all around us.  We recognise it takes everyone to play their part so ensure we conduct due diligence of our stakeholders and supply chain also.

We are proud of recent HSE feedback in reinforcing our safe work practices.

We have been and are privileged to be involved in essential works supporting a range of contracts including education providers, healthcare, housing for vulnerable adults, social housing, care homes as well as those marked to drive economic growth and regeneration such as retail and hospitality.

EXTRACTS OF FEEDBACK FROM

A RECENT MEDICAL PRACTICE JOB

The project was always going to be a challenge as we had to keep the surgery open during the works but the workmen were always very respectful of this and kept the site as clean and quiet as possible.

RECENT SAFEGUARDING WORKS

We have been very happy with the work, the staff and the overall arrangements in place in our recent contracts with Manners.

RECENT SMALL WORKS (IN A CLIENTS HOME)

we are absolutely delighted with the outcome and the way you have all made the process easy for us – despite all the added challenges imposed by C-19 restrictions!

 Thank you all so much, we are really, really grateful.

Support is available.  If yourself or any of your loved ones have been affected by COVID or the Global Pandemic in any way, there are lots of useful resources available for support, 

Here are some offered by the NHS:

MENTAL HEALTH https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=MentalHealthGeneric&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI44uy-er17gIVCbKGCh2S2wQwEAAYAiAAEgLfhvD_BwE

COVID https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/