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For over 30 years, we’ve been finding candidates for clients in contract packing, print and packaging, office support, waste and recycling, manufacturing, food production and warehouse and logistics

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What can you expect from your local Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment team;

  • Industry Expertise: A long and established track record of reliably meet client demands and deadlines, delivering our service at pace but without compromising quality or compliance.

  • Connecting you to people, skills and talent: Our extensive database provides a selection of qualified, tested and multi-skilled candidates who are ready to support your business - quickly.

  • Industry-leading technology: From video Inductions to the latest facial recognition time and attendance system, from client-specific practical test and assessments to online psychometric behavioural assessments, we’ve got something that will add value to your business.

  • Local area knowledge: We've supported our clients across the Midlands and South Yorkshire for over 30 years. Our extensive knowledge of the local labour market ensures you can trust us to find the best people for your jobs.


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What our clients say 

  • I have used Thorn Baker for well over a decade, I know the Chesterfield office well and the service is as strong and consistent now as it ever was. It outshines the competition on every aspect of labour supply. I trust my contact and if a problem does come up it is dealt with immediately.

    XPO Logistics, Chesterfield

  • The first day I visited Thorn Bakers office to look for a job. I was warmly welcomed by the receptionist. After hearing what I wanted, she gave me a job application form to fill. After completing the form, one of their managers came and spoke to me. He went through my application form with me. I did my paperwork and that is it. I got my on-going job. 

    Candidate Testimonial, Nottingham

  • Work was found for me straight away in the location that was most desirable to me. You are always approachable and have a friendly manner, always at the end of the phone and come back to me when required.

    Candidate Testimonial, Nottingham

  • The team are always honest with me when it comes to staffing, very reactive to any requirements I may have and have been able to help me fill 12-hour night shifts for Friday nights at late notice on a Friday afternoon. Since Thorn Baker have been onsite at Plastique temporary staff morale has improved which I put down to Thorn Baker treating their staff as people instead of numbers. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Thorn Baker as a supplier of staff to anyone looking for a new agency or as an employer to anyone looking for work.  

    Plastique, Nottingham

  • I would have no hesitation in recommending Thorn Baker to anyone who asks, your personal attention to detail and follow up work has been exemplary. The most important things as far as I’m concerned is finding the right candidate as quickly as possible and also having a point of contact, who is willing and able to give a prompt answer to any queries I may have. To be able to pick up the phone and have an answer within seconds has been a major plus point as far as I’m concerned. I look forward to continuing working together.

    Baltex, Nottingham

  • Within the refuse sector staff requirements can be unpredictable and often at short notice when we desperately need relief manpower the team at Thorn Baker have always been able to supply. This includes LGV drivers which I would imagine can be difficult to just pull out of the hat at the last minute. The staff are reliable and make up a third of our refuse section. I would highly recommend the team at Thorn Baker to any other local authority as I know they would be impressed as we are with the service they receive.

    Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham

  • Thorn Baker as an agency has always been someone that we can rely on from week to week to ensure that we get the agency we need which helps Loscoe Chilled Foods as a company perform to our best.

    Loscoe Chilled Foods, Nottingham

  • I have been using Thorn Baker since I have been employed at Eco Filters (17 years) and I am sure the length of time says something about your company that we are happy to do business with you we do use other companies on the rare occasion but I always employee more staff from Thorn Baker. The team are very polite, helpful and will listen to the type of person I am asking for, for the job I need fulfilling, keeping me informed about absence from our ongoing staff even at weekends so I am forewarned ready for the Monday start. 

    Eco Filters Ltd, Nottingham

  • I would like to say how happy I am with Thorn Baker, when I call it normally means I need people ASAP and Thorn Baker have never let me down whether it's been on nights or days. I would recommend Thorn Baker to everybody as the service I have received is 100% so thank you for a great service. 

    Premier Clear Services, Nottingham

  • I would like to praise you and your colleagues at Thorn Baker for providing the best service. I needed temporary work during my summer and winter holidays, finding a job was a bit of a challenge but you got me a job. During my time working for Thorn Baker they very professional. I wanted full-time work, they give a fast, flexible and suitable service with a professional manner 

    Candidate Testimonial, Nottingham

  • Thorn Baker is a great place to work as your hard work is constantly rewarded.  In the four years I have been here I've been promoted twice, nominated for a core value award and also being in rewards club a number of times as Labour Manager of the Quarter and Directors Wild Cards.  We also have team incentives where if we hit targets we are rewarded with vouchers or team activities outside of work.

    Sarah Jones, Senior Account Manager,

  • The staff supplied by Thorn Baker have been of a very good standard. They have been willing and able to complete all of the tasks allotted to them, punctual and worked hard. We are very impressed with the prompt and professional service provided by Simon and Ewelina and would thoroughly recommend them as a very reliable and proficient recruitment supplier

    Mettler Toledo UK, Leicester

  • I have always found Katie to be very professional and quick to react to my needs by providing not just a pair of hands but people that are actually suitable for the role in question. The service I have received so far has been excellent which helps me keep my staff turnover down.

    Manufacturing Client,

  • We would highly recommend Thorn Baker. Having worked with them now for 18 months, the service is exceptional. Ewelina and Simon provide fantastic communication regardless of the time of the day and we have no issues sourcing hard working staff even at last minute. Temporary staff have mentioned that holiday’s and wages are actioned promptly and accurately. A big thank you from us all at Keenpac for your continued support.

    Keenpac, Leicester

  • ‘The level of staff was met and the quality was good. We had minimal issues with timekeeping and attendance. Indeed any attendance was reported via emails or calls, we so knew of unplanned absence as soon as Thorn Baker did. We are very thankful for the team’s level of professionalism. All communications are on time and precise. It certainly helps with how busy we have been. We are planning for future recruitment now and we will certainly be using Thorn Baker in any agency requirements we need. ‘

    Paul Smith,

  • ‘My Account Manager at Thorn Baker was fantastic to work with. As a recruiter, she maintained a highly professional demeanour and was always very friendly, found us a great candidate and now employee. The staff at Thorn Baker are quick to understand the kind of person we are looking for, recognising the candidates' strengths and putting her forward for the right job. Thorn Baker are always there to help throughout the process, I could not recommend them more highly. Thank you!’

    Wilcom Europe Ltd,

  • ‘The team at Thorn Baker has proven themselves to be competent and professional recruiters.  It is refreshing that my account manager only ever sends me relevant candidates that match my guidelines, meaning I don’t waste time viewing irrelevant CV’s. Using Thorn Baker adds value to my recruitment process and the staff they have placed with us have gone on to have successful careers within our business.’

    Harvest Healthcare,

  • ‘Dedicated and organised are the best ways to describe the staff at Thorn Baker on a daily basis. I have been lucky enough to progress my way through the company and now deal with them regularly for our recruiting needs.  They are a recognized brand for a reason. We have received nothing but the highest level of service and we are looking forward to working with them for many years to come.’

    Biffa Waste Services,

  • ‘Within the refuse section staff requirement can be unpredictable and often at short notice. When we desperately need relief manpower requirements, the team at Thorn Baker has always been able to supply. The people supplied are reliable and make up a third of our refuse selection. I would highly recommend the team at Thorn Baker to any other local authority as I know they will be impressed as we are with the service they receive’

    Broxtowe Borough Council,

  • ‘We go back to Thorn Baker time and time again, simply because the staff they provide are reliable.  Our service team provides great communication and always keeps us informed of any issues.  They are a pleasure to work with!’

    Bladen Box,

  • ‘Having used thorn baker for over 5 years I have found them to be the go-to company for good quality staff, whether day or night, nothing is too much trouble when in need’

    The Sherwood Press,

  • ‘The team at Thorn Baker have proven to be reliable and quick to respond to any situation, providing able staff at short notice. The service team at Thorn Baker understand our business and always recommend the right solution for our demands. I would 100% recommend Thorn Baker to similar businesses, they are a massive help in us achieving our goals’

    Global Brands Limited,

  • ‘We have worked with Thorn Baker for many years to fulfil our recruitment needs. Its specialist industrial division is able to provide consistently high quality and reliable members of staff to help us build our team all year round, plus expand our workforce during peak times’ 

    Lemonpath Ltd,

  • ‘We are very happy using Thorn Baker for all our temporary worker needs and over the years many have become full-time employees. The service they provide means we are able to get our urgent orders delivered on time and their staff always arrive on time, they are well prepared and well presented. The team at Thorn Baker always keep in regular contact with us to make sure everything is going well. I have no worries when booking temporary staff from Thorn Baker.’

    Stonehouse Tablet Manufacturing Company,

  • We have been dealing with Jamie who looks after some of our sites, he has been exceptional in finding staff when we need them sometimes at very short notice. I would just like to say what an exceptional young man to have on your team and a breath of fresh air to finally be dealing with a company who has one person dealing with our account, unlike what we have endured before nobody getting back to us to help etc. He is always willing to help and will pull out all his stops to try and help find the perfect staff member suitable for the site we need. I would like to say thank you and hope that our working relationship continues into the future.

    The Ethical Cleaning Company, Nottingham



  • Matthew Dann

    Matthew Dann, Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment Director

  • Michael Martin

    Michael Martin, Regional Manager

  • Richard Borland

    Richard Borland, Head of On-Site

  • Rose Joseph

    Rose Joseph, Branch Manager

  • Simon Gimson

    Simon Gimson, Branch Manager

  • Sarah Jones

    Sarah Jones, Senior Account Manager

  • Paul Durham

    Paul Durham, Industrial Recruitment Consultant

  • Sharon Boyall

    Sharon Boyall, Branch Administrator

  • Ella Britton

    Ella Britton, Labour Manager

  • Andy Lynch

    Andy Lynch, Business Development Consultant

  • Jamie Hanford

    Jamie Hanford, Industrial Recruitment Consultant

  • Gemma Beadsworth

    Gemma Beadsworth, Account Manager

  • Jessica Thorpe

    Jessica Thorpe, Account Manager

  • Jess Ward

    Jess Ward, Recruitment Consultant

  • Chloe Smith

    Chloe Smith, Recruitment Consultant

  • Lauryna Kryziute

    Lauryna Kryziute, Recruitment Consultant

  • Elena Ursache

    Elena Ursache, Senior On-Site Account Manager

  • Nikola Pogrodzka

    Nikola Pogrodzka, Labour Manager

  • Sarah Francis

    Sarah Francis, Account Manager

  • Diana Ion

    Diana Ion, On-Site Account Manager

  • Vicki Pullin

    Vicki Pullin, Account Manager

  • Dawid Strzelecki

    Dawid Strzelecki, Senior Account Manager