It is now more than 150 years since Thomas Manners formed his joinery and building business in Peel Street, Bishop Auckland. The company, registered in 1916, has remained in family ownership throughout and is now managed by Thomas’ great grandson, Robert. This continuity is one of our greatest strengths; it lends an air of maturity and longevity that converts into added value for our clients. They can be sure that they will benefit from the experience and professionalism that comes with a company that has seen so many others come and go.

The company is made up of three divisions:

Construction is the company’s bread and butter and we have completed many prestigious projects throughout the North East working closely with a number of NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and commercial and private clients.

Our Small Works division is a highly organised, rapid reaction department that handles, in the main, insurance work for all of the major UK insurance companies.

Our Specialist Joinery division is an extremely valuable asset to the company, the quality and workmanship of the bespoke products they manufacture are in a class of their own.

Over recent years we have pursued a policy of controlled expansion and our present turnover is circa £10m per annum. This has necessitated an increase in staff to around 60 full time employees, and also necessitated the move to our new premises.

As for the next 150 years; who knows, but we have every intention of still being around in the year 2160.