Kingston Barnes March 2018 Celebrations

Kingston Barnes March 2018 Celebrations – The start of April has marked the end of a fantastic first quarter for Kingston Barnes in 2018.

Starting the year on the slopes in Chamonix has given the team the extra motivation to put our all into everything we do this year so we can be back on the slopes in January 2019. A team incentive in place is the perfect way to bring the team together and ensure we are all working towards the same goal. Not only does this improve staff morale and engender team spirit, but it also encourages fantastic results.

Personalised champagne and gifts were given out in abundance this month to celebrate 1, 2 and 3-year work anniversaries! We believe by celebrating we show each employee the significance of their presence in the company and that another year of their time definitely deserves a celebration!

Congratulations to Ruby Pomphrey celebrating 3 years, Chris Johnston celebrating 2 years and to Chris Hallum and Peter Cawthorne both celebrating their 1st year anniversaries with us.

A second shout out to Ruby Pomphrey who is also celebrating her promotion to Trainee Consultant. Ruby has been with Kingston Barnes for 3 years, starting with us as an Apprentice. She has worked her way up through the ranks from Researcher to Resourcer within Construction, making a name for herself on the Trades and Labour desk. She then made the decision to move over to our Engineering team and has since progressed to Senior Resourcer and now Trainee Consultant – a fantastic achievement.

Head of Engineering Justin Reynolds said “I am delighted to be able to promote Ruby, she really deserves it. Having made the brave decision to change desks from ‘’Trades and Labour’’ to ‘’Engineering and Manufacturing’’ last year, she has picked the different disciplines up within the sector really quickly and has become an important part of the team. I feel that Ruby has an enormous amount of potential and am excited to see how she transfers her natural relationship building ability to creating long lasting relationships with clients. She should be very proud of herself.”

Engineering is also welcoming Frank Parker and Becca Elliott who are joining us as Resourcers. This is an extremely exciting time for Engineering and this is going to be their best year yet!

James Kingston has commented “As part of our 2020 vision we are keen to continue the growth of our teams and in particular the engineering division. In only 15 months we have seen such a great performance and expansion from Justin and his team of now 6 with no signs of slowing down!

We have a great client base that really appreciates the personable approach and delivery of the right candidates that Kingston Barnes offers, and due to the sheer demand, we want to ensure we can continue delivery to our key clients. To support the delivery team, we welcome both Frank and Becca who are resourcing the top talent within engineering and have already made a great impression.

We are really looking forward to seeing their career flourish and being a part of the KB family.”

As a welcome to our newest team members, and a big well done to the rest of the Kingston Barnes team we will be dining out in style before taking to the waters of Bristol on the beautiful boat Bagheera to celebrate our achievements.

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DOUBLE CELEBRATION – This week we want to shout out double congratulations for Ben Williams.

Ben is not only celebrating his 1st year Anniversary with Kingston Barnes but is also celebrating a promotion.

Joining the KB team just one year ago Ben started his recruitment career as a Resourcer. Kingston Barnes is always looking to invest in the future generations of recruiters so our training model of bringing enthusiastic trainee’s to be mentored by our recruitment experts has proven to add increased service to our clients whilst also develop and grow our business organically.

Ben has been supporting the construction team and has had a vital role within the team. He has been maintaining the high quality and consistent delivery of recruitment that Kingston Barnes prides itself on.  Having additional resource identifying the industries best talent for our clients will ensure we continue to expand our service and remain first class.

Throughout the past year he has gone on to impress us all and his success has been rewarded with his second promotion to Trainee Consultant. A huge well-done Ben!!

Ben Promotion - Trainee Consultant and 1st Anniversary

Kate Hallett said “This is such an exciting opportunity for Ben! He has worked consistently hard since joining Kingston Barnes and it is a pleasure to recognise this with a well-deserved promotion. Ben has gone from strength to strength as a Resourcer, consistently coming up with excellent candidates for current vacancies. Ben has the best start to his career as a Trainee Consultant, already having a wealth of industry knowledge and key clients he is ready to work with. Congratulations Ben!”

The relationships we build are long-term ones based on integrity and trust, and Kingston Barnes’ commitment to continuing to build relationships is apparent in everything we do. That is why the team that we have is so important. We strive to have a team of experienced consultants who are extremely well connected in their field and have extensive market knowledge so our clients and candidates can expect personalised recruitment options and a consultative approach that is tailored to them.

If you think you have what it takes to join our first class team then please contact us.

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Kingston Barnes would like to congratulate and thank Halsall Construction for holding the Halsall Construction Golf Day.

Held at Farrington Golf Club and all in aid of raising £15,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust we were delighted to take part.

Lots of people attended and with only brief shower the weather was good as our own golf day! The KB team managed to walk away victorious winning the golf day! Although it was very close..

Halsall Golf Day

Kingston Barnes Team – Charlie Walker, James Kingston, Robert Wyatt and Chris Johnston


Each year Halsall chooses one charity to raise money for; this year’s chosen charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen.

The charity is especially close to the heart of one member of Halsall’s team – Ian Woodward. Ian’s son Thomas was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma; cancer of the lymphatic system when he was just 17 years old.

“When this happened, this was something that as a parent you hope you never have to deal with. Thomas’s reaction was ‘this is just a blip in my life and I have to get over it’. For someone so young to have this attitude was remarkable.”

We are incredibly pleased that Thomas has now been in remission since December 2014 after having an intense period of chemotherapy.

Over the next year, Halsall will be trying to raise an impressive target of £15,000 as a team to help fund the fantastic work the charity does for young teenagers like Thomas who have been diagnosed with cancer. They will be completing a range of fundraising activities from cake sales to more extreme running and cycling challenges and the proceedings from the golf day will go towards the target.

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How To Choose The Best Recruitment Agency

How To Choose The Best Recruitment Agency. A recruitment agency can help you find your dream job, for more money, faster – but not all recruiters are equal. There are lots to choose from and it can be hard to sort the good from the bad. Here’s how to make sure you find a good one…

Before you even start looking for a recruitment agency, take a bit of time to work out what you want – what kind of work you want to do, the size of company you enjoy working for, where you’d like to be based, what sector you’d like to work in, and whether you want temporary or permanent work – oh, and how much you’d like to realistically earn. Stay flexible, but this will help you find the right recruiter – and help them find the right role for you.

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Phase I

Desk Research

Come up with a shortlist of agencies before you waste time sending emails to all and fielding irrelevant replies. Half-an-hour now could save a lot of heartache later on…


Ask For Recommendations

There’s no better assurance than a recommendation from someone who has used a recruitment agency – both as a job seeker and as an employer. Ask former colleagues or trusted contacts for their opinions and recommendations.

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A Credit To The Company

Take a five-minute tour of the agency’s website – they have a website, right? First, look for accreditations and membership of industry bodies. They should be a member of a recruitment body working to the highest standards in British recruitment.

For construction, CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a good thing, as is a credit for the Constructionline database. Also check for certification by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

If you’re targeting one location, then look at the office address and signs of local expertise such as Constructing Excellence South West.


Background Check

A specialist recruitment agency will likely be better informed, with better connections than a generalist, but make sure they really have experience of both your industry and recruitment in general. Blogs, news articles and team profiles are good for this.

Client testimonials are not only a clear indication of the recruiter’s contacts, but also that employers value the agency’s work enough to say so to the world.


Pretty Vacancies

Look through online vacancies on their site to make sure the roles they recruit for broadly match your ambitions, even though the latest positions vacant may not be listed.


Check The Company’s Pulse

If the website was last updated sometime last year, that’s a sure sign they’re not very busy (unless it’s the first week of January). You should see new vacancies in the last seven days and preferably a recent blog about the company itself or the wider industry.


Going Offsite

Search social media to see if the agency’s profiles are up to date or neglected. Any business with something worth shouting about will shout about it. Google them, looking for links from employers, positive user reviews and industry awards.

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Phase II

Make Contact

Your research has ensured the agencies worth talking to, but there are more questions to ask. Take notes to refer back to – if you speak to half a dozen agencies, it might be difficult to remember who said what later.


The Professionals

How does the company come across – professional or sloppy? Chances are, that’s how clients feel about them too; and you’ll be seen in the same light. How does the receptionist answer your call? Are you connected efficiently? If they promise a reply by email, does it come when they promised? How is it formatted?


 Passion Not Profit

If the first question from the agency is how much you want to earn, they’re just working out how much commission they’re looking at. Move along. Similarly, ask how they make a profit. It’s usually from the hiring company, so say goodbye if they charge a fee of candidates.

It’s a great sign if the recruiter is interested in your work history and where you want to take your career. Specialist recruiters should be passionate about the sector and the people that make it happen.


What Services Do They Offer?

Some agencies will use your CV to plug a gap for a client, while others will take the time and effort to match you to the right role. The former will close your file when you sign on the dotted line, while the latter will continue to offer support right up to your first day – and even beyond.


Recent Form

Find out what roles they’ve filled recently – and where. Ask what their candidates gone on to do regarding promotions or length of service. No recruiter will break confidence, but their answer should demonstrate ongoing contact and support.


Don’t Spam

It’s tempting to register with a bunch of places and see who comes up trumps, but it’s more effective to be selective and build a real relationship with the right agency. They’ll be more motivated to work on your behalf if you work as a team.


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Stay In Touch

Talk to the team that’s working for you after you sign them. Even if your dream job isn’t out there right now, they’ll be the first to hear about it – often before it’s even advertised. And you want to be at the top of their mental rolodex when it does…

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Talk To Us

We’re proud of the work we do at Kingston Barnes, for clients and candidates alike. If you’re looking to step up your career in construction, consulting and engineering, then we’re confident that we pass every test as a market-leading recruitment agency.

Take your time, do your research and if you think we can help, then we’d love to hear from you. Talk to us today on 0117 325 2233 or send us an email at


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