Kingston Barnes are delighted to welcome Sam Hewitt

Kingston Barnes are delighted to welcome Sam Hewitt to the construction perm team! Sam is joining us as a Resourcer working with the construction consultants sourcing candidates at all levels across all disciplines.

Sam studied at Hartpury College Boarding for 2 years where he finished his higher education studying Business, Psychology and Anatomy & Physiology. While studying at Hartpury he excelled through the golf team and played in numerous events across the UK and Europe. After leaving Hartpury and talking to friends and family who have worked in recruitment he was keen to start in the recruitment business. Sam said “ A Family friend recommended Kingston Barnes as they were a growing and very successful company. As I am very ambitious and was looking for a long term career I was keen to explore this opportunity further. Kingston Barnes was the first company I met with and from the first interview I loved everything about the company, from what they had to offer and the working environment. I was so set on wanting the job I focused all my attention on Kingston Barnes and did not want to look anywhere else. That has proved to be the best decision I have ever made.”

Sam Hewitt Welcome

Sam is still playing golf to a good standard and is looking forward to the journey to come. He is a fantastic addition to the Kingston Barnes team and we are looking forward to supporting him through his new career.

If you think you have what it takes to be part of an award winning team, please contact us.

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Choosing The Best Option – Which Job Offer Is Right For You?

Choosing The Best Option – Which Job Offer Is Right For You?

If you have two or more job offers on the table, which should you choose? It’s not a decision to take lightly, but we can help you make the right choice by asking a few simple questions.

Congratulations! You’re in the rarified position of being able to choose between job offers; many candidates would be envious!

Surprisingly, this situation can be more stressful than being successful in applying for one job. How do you know which is the right option for you – today and tomorrow? Here, we’ll look at a range of things to consider when weighing up your options.

Is A Bird In The Hand Really Worth Two In The Bush?

It’s tempting to just look at the bottom line and plump for the biggest number on offer. Nobody would blame you for having dreams of a flashier car or fancy holiday right now, but your career won’t end in a year, so think about which offer will put you in the best position over time.

The next 12 months may seem most important because they’re just around the corner, but the next 12 years will have a bigger impact on your life.


What Matters Most To you?

Total up which position comes with the most comprehensive benefits such as holiday allowance, flexible working, pension, medical cover, shares and more. Only you can decide which is most important to you, but if you value paid leave to spend with family or you need an expensive plan of dental treatment, then those should carry a premium in your decision making process.

What Difference Could Training Make To Your Career?

Of course you’re good at your job – or you wouldn’t have a choice of firms – but how much more employable could one of the jobs make you in the future? Where do you see both yourself and your sector developing over time? Where one role may concentrate on your abilities today, another may capitalise on your potential over time by investing in your future.

Of course, the ideal is that you’ll repay the company’s investment in your development with loyalty, but if you decide to look elsewhere for some reason, then this could make the difference between making small steps or massive leaps forwards for your career.

Are You Planning For Promotion?

You’ve only just landed this job, so don’t get ahead of yourself, but you also shouldn’t discount the potential for promotion when weighing up your options. A fat paycheque today may be tempting, but it’s never going to grow if there’s nowhere for you to go within the organisation.

On the other hand, if you can see a clear path for promotion, then taking a slightly lower remuneration today could see you pocket more tomorrow.


What’s In A Name?

Don’t underestimate the prestige that an established brand can play in building your reputation within the industry. Rightly or wrongly, there are some names that carry weight in the job marketplace and just plain make you more employable if your appointment would carry cache for a future employer based on your present one.

Big Fish, Little Pond?

That said, it’s easier to carry influence with a less established player and if you can demonstrate the input you’ve had on a smaller company’s success, then any prospective employer is going to sit up and take notice.

Need Help?

Choosing between prospective employers can be a daunting prospect, but you’re not alone. Talking to industry professionals like Kingston Barnes, who pride themselves on matching the right candidate to the right role every time, is like having an expert coach in your corner.

Because we take the time to find out what every candidate really wants, we can help you weigh up your options to make the smartest move for your career. Call us today on 0117 325 2233 or email to find out how we can help you make the most of your career.

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10 Traits Of An Excellent Project Manager

10 Traits Of An Excellent Project Manager – Do you have what it takes to be an excellent project manager? These are the 10 things your next employer is looking for…

Being a Construction Project Manager is no easy task. You’ll not only be faced with moving goals, but also specialist ‘juniors’ who think they know better in any single area. But your job is to look at the bigger picture and make sure that everyone works together to their full potential. Here are 10 qualities that will make you more employable as a project manager.


 10 Traits Of An Excellent Project Manager 

1) Know What You’re Talking About

Nobody will respect a project manager that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. You can’t expect your team to tow the line if they don’t believe your every decision is based on experience, information and insight. There’s no shortcut to success here; whether you work your way up through the ranks or qualify with distinction, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge up front.


2) 20/20 VISION

How can you get where you want to go if you can’t see it? You need to be able to envision the end goal of any project – but more importantly, how you’ll get there. And the real key is being able to share that vision with the people that will help you make it happen. So…


3) Talk To Your Team Effectively

Your team can only carry out your instructions if you give them a clear steer. This doesn’t just mean setting clear objectives; it also means checking in on progress and giving updates. That’s the difference between projects coming in on time, or running over budget. You can either set your workers up for success or failure – it’s all down to how well you communicate with them.


4) Divide And Conquer

You can’t do it all – even if you wanted to. Many upwardly mobile managers want to be seen as indispensible, so they try to do everything themselves. But the secret to success is to assign the right task to the right person so that the project progresses as a whole. This is delegation at its best.

Look at the skills, experience and successes of your team and get the right person to do the right job. Getting someone else to do a job you might be able to do yourself isn’t a sign of laziness – when the project exceeds expectations, you’ll be seen as someone who will encourage a team to play to their strengths.


5) Smells Like Team Spirit

You might be the best in any single field, but no construction project is the result of one person. And as a project manager, you need to not only help to gather talent, but you also need to help those individuals become a team. You should promote what every individual brings to the project, as well as suggesting ways that they can learn from one another. Recognise excellence and identify individual opportunities for education so that the team functions better as a whole.



6) Problem Solving

You know the old saying that ‘stuff’ happens? That’s never been truer than on a construction project. From availability of materials and equipment to sick leave and even the weather, a construction project manager needs to be able to roll with the punches – and come out on top! You’ll need to demonstrate flexibility, as well as an unflappable nature in the face of disaster.

The best project managers don’t react to problems as they happen though; they anticipate them and have alternate strategies in place, ready to rock. Forward thinking as a project manager is all about, ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’.


7) Regroup And Push On

Things change. And the most successful project manager will be the one that doesn’t cling onto an existing plan – no matter how good it is – in the face of new information. When the landscape changes, so does your route, so it pays to stay on top of the latest information and evaluate how that affects how you reach your goal on an ongoing basis.


8) Priority One

You’ll be spinning a lot of plates as a project manager, but will you let the one that’s started to wobble put you off the others? Whether you’re responsible for a multi-staged project, one with multiple simultaneous strands – or both – it’s down to you to keep it all in the air. And that kind of multitasking can be stressful…


9) Project Calm, Feel Calm

You could practice meditation, prayer or just count to 10 before speaking, but when the proverbial hits the fan, you need to keep your cool – and you need to be seen to stay frosty by anyone that reports to you.

Sometimes things just won’t go your way – even with world-class planning – but what separates a capable candidate from a champion is the ability to take it in your stride. An unflappable project manager will not only get the respect of their team, but also management’s appreciation.


10) Enthusiasm Epiphany

If you want your team to go the extra mile when you need it, then you must believe in the project’s vision and share an infectious enthusiasm for it. You can’t fake this – people will smell it a mile off!

People follow people who show conviction, not those who share doubts – so if you have any, keep them to yourself. But if you’ve taken the time to ensure that you’re in the right role by speaking to Kingston Barnes about your career, then it’s a non-issue – you WILL be doing something you believe in.


Talk To Us Today

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding project manager in construction? Do you have the 10 Traits Of An Excellent Project Manager? Then we want to hear from you. We’re looking for talented project managers right now – and we pride ourselves on helping our candidates to realise their full potential.

Call us today on 0117 325 2233 to find out how we can help, or email us at

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been named the winner of the Small Business of the Year Award at The Bristol Post Awards 2016.

We had a fantastic evening at the glitzy awards ceremony at the Ashton Gate Stadium. The whole team were proud and excited to go up on stage to collect the award, led by our Managing Director, James Kingston.

The Bristol Post said “This year’s event attracted a record number of entries, and after weeks of consideration, a specialist team of judges whittled down more than 100 nominees to a handful of finalists”

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M.D James Kingston said “We are so excited to win another Bristol Business Award. To go from start-up business of the year to Small Business of the year in a 2 year period is a huge achievement. We have a great team at Kingston Barnes and the reason we have been able to reach such extraordinary heights is down to their hard work – it’s not a one person effort.  It’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears with lots of obstacles to overcome, but with the positive mind-set and can do approach I truly believe we can not only go above current expectations, but beyond even further. This is a fantastic milestone for us and we are so grateful for everyone that has helped and supported Kingston Barnes so far. We are now 1 year in our new 5 year plan, what lies ahead is even more adventurous, pushing new boundaries and I’m so excited to start this journey with positive recognition and achievement.”