Thorpes Shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank Business Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Thorpes Joinery have been shortlisted as a finalist for The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, in the Small to Medium Business Category.

The National Business Awards celebrates and rewards great British businesses that combine creativity and innovation with results and recognise those who set a new standard of excellence within their industries and we are proud that we have been shortlisted for the second time.

The Award

Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this award recognises the Small to Medium-Sized Business that has maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands it’s customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, demonstrated effective use of technology/digital media to engage with all stakeholders (customers, employees, etc.) and is continually innovating to support future growth.

In order to be considered for this award, we were required to demonstrate:

·         An established market position

·         Excellent growth or expansion

·         Potential for sustained growth

·         Innovation in products, services or processes

·         Customer and staff engagement

·         Effective leadership and management

·         An ethical approach to business

·         Strong business results

We will be attending The Lloyds Bank Business Awards on Tuesday 12th November at Grosvenor House alongside many other excellent businesses. To be considered a finalist in these awards is a glowing indictment of our company and in particular our staff, whose dedication and commitment to quality has remained unwavering.

You can find out more about the National Business Awards by clicking here.


Spotlight On: Banquette & Booth Seating

Banquette and Booth seating is not just a piece of furniture that you see in restaurants and hotels anymore. Architects and Designers of office fit-outs have been picking up on this trend for some time, adapting them into a working environment and using them in a variety of ways, whether it be for breakout spaces, meeting rooms or business lounges.

These seating elements are an excellent solution for any office space, but particularly those that see a lot of footfall or a high number of employees. They can add character or quirkiness to an office design by having an unusual shape or by adding bright colours, patterns and varied textures. They also offer more of a practical solution when compared to individual chairs which can clutter space and prove costly when fitting out an office environment. Banquette seating will instead maximise seating capacity whilst providing offices with the opportunity for collaborative working and other social aspects as well as offering privacy by simply adding dividing features.

Take a look at some of the banquettes we designed, manufactured and installed for a number of discerning clients. 


This banquette seating is a key highlight of this business lounge that we recently completed as part of a full office fit-out for our client Withersworldwide.  Built up from a stained dark Oak Veneered MDF frame this feature is complete with LED integral lighting and an acrylic centre piece, all fixed onto a custom floor to ceiling, pearl gold finished support.  

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Withers - Banquette Frame Drawing


This rather unique seating booth is a little older, installed in 2015 for Mastercard, but this ‘portal’ style design offers a private area for collaboration, whilst simultaneously making a visual statement.

The portal surround is made up of vertical grain oak veneer and solid oak edgings whilst the seating presents the bright use of the Mastercard colour palette across the upholstery and fabric wall paneling. The laminate white kronospan tables were also manufactured and installed by ourselves, illuminating the portals alongside the clever use of LED lighting.

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Mastercard Booth Seating & Table Drawing


OTHER BANQUETTES AND BOOTHS we designed, manufactured & installed:

World Environment Day 2019 - Air Pollution

World Environment Day has returned, this year focusing on the topic ‘Air Pollution’. We have a strong environmental policy at Thorpes, based around our legal and moral duties as a responsible company that recognises the impact of our works on the environment. Today we are sharing all the things that we do to help combat Air Pollution. With our brand new office and factory opening in 2017, we don’t have any excuse to not meet such high environmental standards.

This is just a few of the things that we are doing and striving to continuously improve in the best way we can at Thorpes.


Office & Factory Design:

When our new headquarters was in the design process, we wanted a light, open and airy space for both our office and factory team. Both areas in our facility feature high ceilings and an open plan design allowing efficient air flow throughout. Our offices were also fitted with smart heating, air conditioning and ventilation, as well as a number of windows to allow natural light and air flow.

Spray Shop:

Although our spray shop is only 18 months old we have been continuously making improvements in this area. The Sprayshop facility utilises a Dryback filtration system in order remove any VOC’s, solid particles and solvents prior to release to atmosphere. To improve both the efficiency and the operation of these filters and to ease the load on the extraction fans, an engineered solution has been put in place that draws unrestricted air through external venting at the rear of the Factory.  The aim of the redesign and improvements to the spray shop was to reduce running costs, put less burden on the extraction system and introduce a more efficient use of the hot water provided from burning our own waste and this solution has so far been delivering this.


The Factory areas utilise both “High Pressure Low Volume” and “Low Pressure High Volume” systems to remove dust and waste at source via the extraction system. This prevents dust build-up and allows us to maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment.


Paints & Lacquers:

To reduce the emissions in our manufacturing facility we in the process of moving from solvent based paints and lacquers to water based and CFC solvent free products.



We recycle in many ways at Thorpes, ensuring that all office waste including paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, IT and electrical equipment is recycled in an appropriate manner. We also recycle materials used for packing and storage by returning them from site for re-use as well as donating relevant products to the community.


Landfill Waste:

To reduce the amount of product we send to landfill we regularly use a pre-treatment process for recyclable goods. We also have our own biomass boiler that conforms to the ‘Clean Air Act’.

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Vehicle Emissions:

All of our newly purchased light and heavy goods vehicles fall under the Euro 6 specification meaning lower emissions and efficient running costs. We also encourage the use of rail and public transport for our contracts and fixing staff who are regularly visiting projects across the country.

If you’d like to read some more into this years ‘Air Pollution’ topic then click the button below.

Welcome to the Team - New Hires

Our team continues to grow. Since our last ‘Welcome to the Team’ post back in February, we have welcomed another eight people to Thorpes. All of them in varied roles across our facility and each of them bringing something special to the team.



Quaid is a known face to many at Thorpes as eight years ago he was part of our Spray Shop team where he remained for four years before moving on to become an acoustic panel manufacturer for one of our previous associated companies. We welcomed Quaid back to Thorpes in March, now employed as a CNC Operator.



Jenny has recently joined the team after relocating from Buckinghamshire. She has a 1st Class degree in Furniture Design & Craft which she achieved in 2011 and has since been building her experience in the industry working as a Senior Project Manager and also a Project & Accounts Manager before she joined us at Thorpes at the beginning of May.



Dom, alongside Jenny is also one of our most recent recruits, joining our draughting team after spending the last two and a half years working as a Draughtsman for a shop fitting company. He studied Product Design at Coventry University for four years. A great addition to our team.



Dave joined the Spray Shop team at the end of February and has been loving the new change. Previously working as part of a team of shoe and bag manufacturers, he decided to take the jump into a new industry. Dave is also a keen golf player and does extra part time work for our local sports teams, Leicester City & Leicester Tigers.



Dimitar is no stranger to this industry. Previously working in Corian, Fabricating and Kitchen fitting, he brings over 15 years of knowledge to our team. Dimitar has been busy working with both our corian team and joiners. He joined us in April and has been enjoying his variety of work.


Takin made the move from Tehran to England in 2002. In his home country he was employed as a Graphic Designer but since migrating to England he has achieved a degree in Architectural Design and has been working in the construction industry, building his knowledge in product design and architecture. He has also familiarised himself with many software’s used in construction. Takin’s knowledge has brought a new design element to our team, which we are extremely excited about.



Micala joined the team just two weeks ago, previously working as a Purchase Ledger and Bookkeeper, she brings over twenty years’ experience to our team. Before taking up a long-term career in the finance sector, Micala previously worked as a machinist making clothing and also worked abroad in Israel.



We believe Apprenticeships are a great way to get people into the construction industry, through hands on learning we see our apprentices develop high levels of skills and great craftsmanship. Ben is one of our new apprentices who we welcomed to the team in April and is currently studying Carpentry and Joinery at college. Ben is also a competitive trampolinist!

If you’re interested in joining the Thorpes team then click the link below to visit our vacancies page

Spotlight On: Feature Ceilings

The design of a ceiling can completely change the look and feel of an office space. Feature ceilings have long been a popular element of our repertoire here at Thorpes and we’re grateful that we are given the opportunity to create uniquely bespoke, unconventional and particularly eye-catching designs for our clients.

Timber slatted or paneled ceilings are now often included in many office fit outs, providing greater benefits to both the look and feel of an office space when compared with the the standard foam paneled ceilings we seen in many workspaces. The visual and acoustic qualities of bespoke feature ceilings are some of the obvious benefits, but the influence that this can have on an overall space is notable.

Timber feature ceilings such as this one at Mastercard, provide wide reaching benefits to office design

Timber ceilings give an office environment a classic, yet distinct look. As with any timber product they are remarkably versatile, able to be manufactured to complement any colour schemes thanks to the many varieties of timber, and the ease at which these can be finished before installation.

Our timber system is acoustic in nature, reducing little to no notorious noise levels that can be transferred across floors or adjacent rooms keeping acoustics in it’s respective areas.

A common use of a wooden paneling system is to lower the height of a ceiling or to hide and disguise plumbing and other building elements which would better be left covered up for those with an aesthetic eye.

This slatted wooden raft ceiling we designed, manufactured and installed for our client, Mastercard back in 2015

Made up of 27 Solid FSC grade European Oak slats, this wooden ceiling is suspended on stainless steel wires held by steel bow shackles, covering up parts of office infrastructure that have been painted black for that extra disguise.

Due to the size of this raft, the manufacturing and installation process had to be split into a number of sections. Each section of the raft was assembled by a modeez modular fitting. Once this feature ceiling was installed, drop lighting fittings were added to aid in creating this bright and open breakout space for staff.

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