Testimonials

I have known James for over 5 years and have used his recruitment services on many occasions, one of the biggest difficulties I have found is finding the right candidates for a vacancy, even more difficult is finding the right recruitment consultancy to act on your behalf and introduce the right people to us.

I found James very honest about his candidates, he knew their strengths and weaknesses and his knowledge about the regional contracting market is fantastic. James understands our requirements so when presented with a vacancy can identify and accurately match the individual I am looking for and find the right candidate.

James is professional, understanding and an excellent recruiter. He will take the time to understand our business and will always deliver on assignments providing in my opinion perfectly matched candidates. I look forward to continue using James and Kingston Barnes services.

Phil Tucker, Preconstruction Director – Galliford Try

I have worked with James for 10 years as a client and more recently as a candidate looking for a new opportunity.

James upholds the professional approach at Kingston Barnes that in my view gives this company one of the best reputations within the region for construction recruitment.

James has the necessary contacts and understanding of the type of personnel I required in my previous role of head of construction at Cowlin, Operations Manager at ISG and also as Project Director for Balfour Beatty’s £70m Temple Quay development.  James is a pleasure to work with, regularly and reliably finding me first rate employees and managers and will I’m sure remain for some years one of my preferred partners within construction recruitment.

Kevin Cornish, Project Manager – Midas Construction

I have worked for James Kingston on and off for the past 4 years for various companies James has introduced me to on a temporary basis.  James has a very good knowledge of the building and construction industry and very good working relationships with the people he employs and also his clients, I have found James to be very honest and professional at all times, and is my preferred recruitment specialist providing me with long runs of work with excellent rates of pay I would have no hesitation in recommending James Kingston to fellow colleagues and clients.

Andy Harris, Senior Site Manager

I have only worked with James for 1-2 years and came across him by reputation, I was told he was an excellent recruiter with a good grasp of local candidates and that he provided a good quality service. I am pleased that James actually exceeded expectations! I approached James to assist me in finding a Project Manager for our Devon region. James only sent me two CV’s of candidates both of whom were exactly matched to the specification he took from me when he came down to see me to discuss the vacancy in more detail. Both candidates were worth interviewing and we employed one of the candidates introduced via James.

James has a very good understanding of the construction market and all the people within it. I have since used James on several occasions and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.

Richard Zaki, Operations Director – Moor Manage

I have worked with James Kingston over a number of years and he has provided a consistently high standard of service in securing suitable temporary and permanent candidates for various vacancies for me in the South West. I look forward to continuing to work with James in the future.

David Dawson, Commercial Manager

I have worked with James in various guises, be it permanent recruitment or for contract roles and have always found him to be the complete professional. For example, in order to streamline the process of recruiting contract site managers I needed to set in place a new system to be able to cope with the demand and with James’ support and advice, this made the whole process much easier and less stressful and meant we were able to make cost savings along the way too!

James supplied a number of permanent candidates into a fast paced business and literally dozens of contractors over the three years that we worked closely. The candidates were all high quality and reliable and James took the time to listen to and understand our needs as a business. I find him extremely easy to get along with, you can rely on James to be honest and up front I have great trust and confidence in James’ abilities as a recruiter and would not hesitate to recommend his services.

Rachel Lintell, Former HR Manager – Resolution Interiors