WELCOME TO THE TEAM

Our move into our new and improved home in September 2017 has been a success. Manufacturing space increased by 60% and alongside that our office space grew too, but all those new desks were not made to lay there empty.

Our company is growing fast and we needed to fill those seats with some fresh faces. We truly believe we provide some great opportunities here at Thorpes with strong company values and a work ethos like no other.

That is why we recently welcomed THREE new members to the office team at Thorpes HQ

Say hello to…

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Richard - Contracts Manager

Richard is no stranger to Thorpes Joinery having previously worked for us back in Great Glen many moons ago. Starting his career as a bench joiner, he moved his way through the ranks into Estimating and onto Project Management and Surveying.

After gaining several years of experience with us Richard made the move to France, spending two years working for Christian Prugent - a specialist shop fitting company.

Since then he has returned to the UK and has gained further experience in various roles - including director; within the specialist joinery market. He now boasts over 20 years experience.

We welcomed Richard back to Thorpes in October 2018 as a Contracts Manager.

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Paul - Draughtsman

Paul started his journey studying a degree in 3D Furniture Design at Loughborough University. After graduating Paul began his career by learning the fundamentals of joinery in the workshop before becoming a site engineer.

Wanting to further his career and his ambition for design Paul gained a City & Guilds Auto CAD qualification which soon landed him a job in Nottingham as a Draughtsman for a shop fitting firm.

Since then Paul has continued to build his career and experience working in Project & Technical Design for a number of joinery companies and we welcomed him into our Design department as a Draughtsman in December 2018.

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Tamsin - Marketing & Office Assistant

Tamsin’s interest in Marketing was sparked whilst studying her A-levels in Business, Communication & Culture and Media. Since then she has built her experience base through various opportunities in previous job roles. The majority of Tamsin’s knowledge and skill in the industry is self-taught from running her own successful blog, social media platforms and fitness website.

Tamsin joined our Marketing department in February 2019.

 

Would you like to become part of the team here at Thorpes?

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Christmas Raffle Breaks Records

Thorpes Staff Raise £1000 For ‘Wishes 4 Kids’

One of Thorpes’ long-standing traditions exceeded all prior records to raise a staggering £1,000, with all proceeds once again going to Wishes 4 Kids.

Once again organised by Rob Porter and Adam Littlewood - factory staff members with 30 years experience here at Thorpes between them - the raffle was very generously supported, both in terms of donations from our team and in the number of tickets sold.

Some generous donations meant there was a whole host of great prizes to be won.

Some generous donations meant there was a whole host of great prizes to be won.

Rob and Adam once again hosted the event in the staff canteen.

Rob and Adam once again hosted the event in the staff canteen.

We were delighted to be able to welcome Gary Lowe from Wishes 4 Kids to collect the cheque on behalf of this wonderful charity and to tell us more about the valued work the charity undertake.

Based in Leicestershire, Wishes 4 Kids grant wishes for seriously ill children all across the county, providing a treasured moment for both the child and their parents. If you would like to learn more about this extremely deserving charity and the work they do, follow the link: http://www.wishes4kids.co.uk/about-us/

Adam and Rob welcomed Charity Manager Gary to our factory to collect the cheque and hear more about the work Wishes 4 Kids do in our community and beyond.

Adam and Rob welcomed Charity Manager Gary to our factory to collect the cheque and hear more about the work Wishes 4 Kids do in our community and beyond.

Considerate Constructors Rating Revealed for 2018

We are delighted to announce that Thorpes Joinery have been awarded a 4 Star rating for 2018 following several audits by monitors from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Since our registration to the scheme our team have been working hard towards their ‘Code of Considerate Practice"‘ which seeks to improve the image of the construction industry by striving to promote and achieve best practice.

Key areas assessed include:

  • Care about Appearance - Enhancing the image of the indsutry through organised, clean and tidy sites, both internal and external.

  • Respect the Community - Provide consideration to our neighbours and the public by showing courtesy to those affected by our work.

  • Protect the Environment - Protect and enhance our environment by seeking sustainable practices and promoting responsible production.

  • Secure everyone’s Safety - Attain the highest levels of safety performance by caring for the welfare of the public, visitors and work face.

  • Value their Workforce - Provide a supportive and caring working environment where everyone is respected, treated fairly, encouraged and supported.

Our sites were assessed by Monitors against the above criteria and awarded four stars, a result which we are delighted with, as in order to do so, a rating of “Excellent” or higher is required in all areas.

High standards have been maintained at all stages of our production process.

High standards have been maintained at all stages of our production process.

We are delighted to have achieved this rating from the Considerate Constructors scheme. It is a great endorsement of the hard work throughout all levels of our organisation to improve the image of construction, something we firmly believe is a priority for our industry
— David Dean, Managing Director

Thorpes Joinery Sponsor 'Mates In Mind' Charity

 We are delighted to announce that Thorpes Joinery are the latest sponsor of the ‘Mates in Mind’ Charity.

This sector wide initiative was established in 2016 by the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) and the British Safety Council to “provide clear information to employers on available support and guidance on mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing, and how they can address this within their organisations”.

No Health Without Mental Health

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The aims of the charity are clear:

  •   Raise awareness and understanding of mental health and ill-health.

  • Help people to understand how, when and where to get support.

  • Break the silence and stigma through promoting cultures of positive wellbeing throughout the industry.  

They are ambitious in their goals, clearly recognising that time is an important factor in combatting the mental health issue within the industry. In fact, Mates In Mind aims to have reached 75% of the construction industry by 2025.

They are certainly well on the way to achieving this. We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the scheme alongside many other forward-thinking construction firms such as Mace, Wilmott Dixon & Belfour Beatty amongst others.


An Industry Wide Challenge

Suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged between 15 and 49. 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Too many men are struggling alone.
— Mates in Mind - Why we're taking action
  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year

  • 9 in 10 who suffer from mental health problems say they face a stigma and discrimination as a result

  • 526,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety were diagnosed in 2016/17

  • 12.5 million working days were lost as a result of poor mental health (average of 23.8 days per case)

  • A construction industry worker is a staggering 63% more likely to die from suicide. (Office of national statistics, 2011-2015)

  • 25% of Construction workers have contemplated suicide (Construction News survey 2017)

  • 1,400 Construction workers ended their lives between 2011-2015 (Office of national statistics, 2011-2015)

I attended the Wellbeing in Construction Summit early in November 2018. During one of the presentations the attendees in the room were asked to raise their hands if “they have had a colleague that had either taken their own life or had attempted to”. I reflected back on my own experience and cautiously raised my hand. I did so slowly and cautiously because I thought I would be one of a very small majority. The room became absolutely silent. When I turned to look at the rest of the attendees almost every seat had a person with their hand in the air.

When you read figures and statistics you automatically question them, where did the statistic come from? What was the sample was used? You look for anything to suggest that it doesn’t reflect what you or your company do, that it won’t happen to you or within your company. The reality is that almost every single person in that room had been through an experience that made them raise their hand.
— Kristal Scotton, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Thorpes Joinery Ltd.

At Thorpes we understand that the workplace has a significant impact on people’s daily lives, health and general wellbeing and we are committed to delivering a safe and healthy workplace. This includes surveillance and support for both physical and mental health issues.

Over the last few weeks we have made mental health a focus point with the aim of identifying where we can improve, provide support and remove stigma. Although currently our focus point, we also understand that creating an environment that is open and supportive not can be achieved by a one-off campaign or one that is completed on annual basis. It must be considered continually throughout every business process in the same way that we approach workplace safety for our employees.

To this end we have increased our opportunities for feedback, training and reviewing all company processes and we are working hard with and supporting others in our industry to create openings for improvement and remove any mental health stigma within our industry.

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For further information or to get involved please visit: www.matesinmind.org

Work Begins On Factory Expansion

Further space added to increase capacity at Thorpes Joinery’s HQ

We are delighted to announce that work has officially begun this week on a new Storage & Dispatch area at our Market Harborough base. The 7,000 sq ft expansion will increase our overall manufacture space to 47,000 sq ft and will be used to store joinery that is both in progress and ready to deliver to our various sites across the country.

The need for further space became quickly apparent following our move in to our custom designed facility just over a year ago, with the improved workflow, machinery and equipment increasing our efficiency across the entirety of the company. When complete, the storage facility will allow us to move completed joinery off the shop floor, further increasing our available manufacture space.

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This new addition to our manufacturing base will allow us to continue along our path of managed growth as we look to service a larger share of the fit-out market.
— David Dean, Managing Director