Silver IiP Accreditation Maintained

Happy New Year! And its certainly back in full swing! We send well wishes to all and hope we can strive forward with positive energy. Following an extremely challenging period given the environmental and industry constraints as well as our own significant leadership changes we have just received confirmation that following our re-accreditation assessment at the end of 2021 we maintain our Silver status. This affirms the culture, processes and people we have in place to succeed as a business and hope to continue to build and strengthen this opportunity we have.

We are committed to the success and legacy of the business, and that of our people and communities we serve and therefore continuous improvement initiatives underpin our business and people strategies to ensure optimum results.

#opportunity #energy #IiP



It is great to get some good news during these ever challenging times!  As a family business we strive to prioritise employee welfare and as such, despite the extensive business constraints we have faced over the past 2 years, we focused our energies on strategies and initiatives to try and extend support as we could.

We are incredibly humbled that this has been recognised and we have been shortlisted for an award in this national activity within the Construction Industry.

We have also submitted a Lifetime Achievement Award for Robert Manners who has devoted over 40 years service in leading and developing the business to the present day.  Winner to be announced on the night.

Well done to all of our employees whose participation and collaboration on initiatives is a true reflection of how we are growing strength to strength together. 

Subject: Construction Awards of Excellence – Health, Safety or Wellbeing initiative of the year

Congratulations on being shortlisted as a finalist for the Construction Awards of Excellence 2022 – Health, Safety or Wellbeing initiative of the year

The independent panel of judges said it was an extremely difficult decision to shortlist due to the quality and number of entries for the awards. You can view the full list of finalists at:

Our Journey

Keeping Abreast

Apologies we have been a little quiet on here, please keep abreast on our social media platforms which we have been able to maintain in recent months. Once we get some technical issues resolved we hope to have all communication platforms current.

We have been busy on the final stages of a number of projects so look forward to posting casestudies on these as they complete.

We have also been working on our holistic offering through our H&S standards, Environmental Impact and Investment in People. Updates and the fruits of our labour which will hopefully shine through in the products we complete.

A focus on our #EnvironmentalImpact which is incredibly important to us. It needs to be. As a contractor we still have the opportunity to make waves and work with our clients as well as take accountability of how we price, what we use, how we operate and general best practice against our working environments and ways of working. Our ripples through our employees and communities hopefully contribute to additional wider change. One exciting initiative is that we invested in a tree planted for every employee which offsets half our carbon footprint and look to further explore strategies beyond offsetting to become #carbonneutral and beyond to reduce, recycle, reuse. In sourcing some anniversary promotional pens we also opted for ones made from recycled water bottles and mechanical pencil style as they are refillable so will hopefully outlive the branding! This video from the Federation of Master Builders is a great sum up for the industry.

Can we justify this as our reason for adding a little Christmas sparkle at HQ and we have already put our tree and decorations up this week to help add a little uplift and stretch out the festivities a little longer!


! Do you remember the sleek work our Specialist Joinery Division completed MELIÁ Hotels & Resorts 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.


A Trip Down Memory Lane for Ex Employee and Associate

Following some recent press coverage in light of our 160th anniversary we were approached by Sid Dewar on behalf of his 93 year old neighbour Aubrey Clitheroe who was sparked with excitement when he recognised the company he had worked and been associated with many years ago at its original digs in Peel Street, Bishop Auckland as a joiner.  Sid also recalled how he had been associated with ‘Manners’ as a subcontracted decorator, with fond memories of the work, the people and the opportunities he had been provided.  They wanted to come for a site visit at our current head office and workshop premises affectionately named ‘Peel House’ to see how much had changed.

Our Operations Manager and Furniture Manager took the time to walk Aubrey, Sid and Bishop Auckland Mayor Councillor Eliot accompanied by her consort Mr John Fryatt around our joiners shop to explore the materials, current work in progress and machinery.  Answering questions and absorbing the rich history of the stories to be shared.  Much delight came from spotting some of the original work benches from Peel Street.

We then settled for a cup of tea and chat, learning and making connections regarding the towns and industry development with some memorabilia to look through.

Mayor of Bishop Auckland Katie Eliot said: ‘I was thrilled to join Aubrey on his visit to Manners, as I got an insight into the company with its long heritage within the town.  It was lovely to listen to the memories which Aubrey shared with great fondness and pride.’

As Aubrey left he exclaimed “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit, thank you so much for having me – you will invite me again won’t you?”, as he walked around it was so great to see and hear his passion about being a joiner, mentoring and training apprentices and going on to teach himself.  In fact, he taught our Specialist Joinery Director Steve Hodges when he was at school!

We are honoured by the passion staff past and present hold, and continue to invest and hold true to this as our fifth generation (with eager interest from the sixth) continues the Manners legacy. 


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


Will England Win the EUROs?

EDIT: England did SO well!! We accomplished so much as a TEAM and have so much to be PROUD of. So many supporters and great leadership qualities to admire (courage, perseverance, compassion, resilience to name a few) as well as appreciation for all those who took part in the competition. Achievement is about recognizing just that.

Whilst slightly relieved about the prospect of a new hair style, Simon also recognizes the huge morale impact these events can play so was a bitter sweet result. He is therefore ‘prepared’ (I have booked him in the hairdressers!) to go ahead in recognition of the huge triumph England achieved by getting as far as they did, support our employees and also the Lighthouse Club charity provides a fabulous well rounded Employee Assistance Programme for construction workers and their families. If we can reach our target all pledges go straight to the charity (otherwise they are refunded to the pledgers), all proceeds go to the charity any support you can offer is greatly appreciated so that we can meet the target for the charity. We promise to post photos!


With England winning the Euros match against Germany last night morale amongst many is high at the moment, which has been a much needed boost. 

We have received a note from the suggestion box that Simon our MD gets a ‘Phil Fodden’ for charity (as pictured as I had no idea), if England win the Euros. 

To support this venture (and to add some additional peer pressure) we will seek to support the construction mental health awareness charity The Lighthouse Club, who also provide so many other valuable resources to support all construction workers and their families. 

If you, or anyone you know, or you are a client/stakeholder who would like to make any donations please hand them in via our Accounts Department who will keep it safe until we deposit the total next week.

Please watch this video reflecting the importance of the charity:

Aside from extensive resources now more readily available to support mental health, we also pride ourselves on the additional support we extend to our employees through in-house mental health first aiders.

Anyone can provide support by recognising the signs, being kind and extending a listening ear.



Our team are working flat out, highly commended for the top job they do.

Some recent feedback via our client GENTOO was well received:

I was speaking to a lovely lady yesterday from the above and she wanted to pass on her compliments to the contractors who have been doing to FRA works in the block, she mentioned a company name of Manners?

She said they working quietly, and were tidy and the work quality was excellent.

She mentioned that she quite picking about things but that when praise is due she gives it.

It’s nice to hear a compliment.

We have a particular interest in Fire Safety work at present which is also great news. Should you have any requirements please do not hesitate to call or email us and we would be delighted to explore your requirements. We can support full end to end processes from installation to maintenance.

Planning ahead we are fortunate with the opportunity this presents in creating employment and growth within our team. We are actively recruiting also so please check out our careers page for more information should you be interested or know anyone qualified to fulfil this role successfully.