From apprentice Carpenter to Head of Production – hear how Liam Taylor’s journey went full circle back to MJS.



Embarking on a career as an apprentice carpenter marked the beginning of a transformative journey for me in the construction industry. The initial years were filled with hands-on learning, skill development, and a strong foundation in carpentry techniques. As I progressed, opportunities for growth and advancement become apparent.

After ‘mastering’ the art of carpentry through the years, I found myself aspiring to take on leadership roles within the construction sector. This journey involved transitioning from a hands-on role to a managerial position at a major UK Housebuilder that I was contracting for at the time.

After I had made that transition, the next chapter revolved around the transition from being a skilled carpenter to becoming a site manager, senior site manager, project manager and so on. This shift not only required a swift learning of construction practices, but also Health and safety relating to construction projects, project management, and communication skills. As a site manager you are responsible for the entirety of the project from completion on time, within budget, and up to the highest standards, to Cultivating talent, hiring a great team and keeping safety processes maintained. This was all massively instrumental in forming who I was as a manager and allowing me to further my career.

After enjoying this career path for over 10 years and achieving some of the highest honours you can, from site manager of the year awards to Pride in the job awards, to routinely achieving the regions best KPI scores I decided it was time to challenge myself once again and shift the direction I was heading.

This took the form of returning to MJS Group, which is now a completely transformed business with new ownership to when I originally started my career and taking up the position of Head of production. This crucial position within the business involves not only managing the day to day operation of all aspects of the business, But also to now overseeing the very apprenticeship programme I was a part of. Over the years it has became a great joy of mine to impart some of the knowledge I have gained and passing this on to the next generation. Which I believe at present is an absolutely crucial part in the industries success, given the declining numbers of apprenticeships, to now seeing the first increase in uptake over the last 6 years. I feel as though I and MJS are doing are part in pushing this forward. So if you are a school leaver, or an employee in another business looking to re train then please do get in touch to see if we can shape a career for you.



National Apprenticeship Week

What a way to start national apprenticeship week…Sidmouth RFC winning against Burnham RFC on Saturday. Man of the Match was MJS Group carpentry apprentice Dan Armstrong. Pictured below with Head of Production Liam and Managing Director Louis.

Meet the Team – MJS group at Brook House, Winslade Park.

MJS Group is a long-established multi-trade contractor with over 45 years of industry experience. The business was purchased by Louis Greenaway in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous awards for their work. Louis heads up a dedicated team of local tradespeople providing dry-lining, carpentry, rendering, painting, tiling and maintenance services across the Southwest. We have been working with MJS Group for several years now, and they are currently working on completing Brook Househere at Winslade Park.

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED LOCAL CONTRACTOR

Winslade Park has confidently entrusted an array of projects to the MJS team due to their reputation for, and commitment to, quality, safety, and precision. All staff are CSCS carded, supervisors are SSSTS certified, the business is meticulous about health and safety, and they are Safe Mark certified. MJS Group value customer service, quality workmanship, safety, sustainable processes, and recycling – it is these values that make them such a good fit for our park.

MJS Group team member up a ladder decorating in brook house wearing hard hat and hi vis jacket

A HISTORY OF QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AT WINSLADE

From small projects to large-scale builds such as Brook House, MJS Group have a history of delivering quality results here at Winslade Park. Most recently, the team were assigned to create several new offices and a studio within the Winslade House building to cater for increased demand. One project saw three first floor offices constructed in record time, dry-lined, plastered, painted, and finished to a high standard within just weeks of instruction. Meanwhile, thanks to MJS Group, Lyre Studiowere able to open the doors to their newly refurbished hair and beauty studio on the ground floor in November 2023.

two images of previous mjs group projects at winslade park. On the left, a newly created office in Winslade House, on the Right an image of a salon chair from the Lyre Studio

MJS GROUP TO HELP DELIVER BROOK HOUSE IN 2024

Brook House, built in 1970’s, is the next stage of the Winslade Park development and is now under refurbishment. MJS Group have been enlisted to help us get this project across the line.

The scope of work being undertaken by MJS Group falls under three areas:

Carpentry – this has involved the careful rehanging of the original doors, which have been adapted to incorporate a keyless entry system. Skirting boards will also be replaced throughout, bringing the building up to date and to specification.

Dry-lining and plastering – the top floor of Brook House has had a brand-new ceiling installed. This will serve to improve the building’s energy efficiency. The team have also installed sound-proof partition walling in order to create a number of comfortable and private serviced office spaces. Most importantly, MJS Group will also bring the building up to spec to comply with today’s safety standards, including installing enhanced fireproofing where required.

Painting and decorating – the team will also be painting and decorating the whole building from top to bottom in modern colour scheme. Exterior windows have already been refreshed with a new coat of paint.

A member of the MJS Group team chisels a wooden door frame in Brook House at Winslade Park

A WORD FROM MJS GROUP’S MANAGING DIRECTOR LOUIS GREENAWAY

When asked what the highlights of the Brook House project have been, Louis said:

“Having elements of both refurbishment and new-build has provided us with unique challenges, it has given us an opportunity to have our time-served workforce implement new skills and allowed our apprentices to see beyond new build housing projects, which is very important for their learning and development.”

A UNIQUE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT FOR MJS GROUP

MJS Group often work on large-scale new build developments, meaning a broadly distributed work force. Uniquely, the Brook House project has enabled MJS Group to bring all their trades together under one roof – incorporating dry-lining, carpentry, and decorating services.

Not only does this type of project allow for more streamline processes, but it also gets the team working together and creates better synergy.”

MJS Group management team Ian ‘Macca’ MacDonald, Louis Greenaway, Liam Taylor stand in front of a logo backdrop

Pictured: MJS Group’s management team involved with Winslade Park redevelopments including Winslade House offices, Lyre Studio, and Brook House (L-R: Ian ‘Macca’ MacDonald, Louis Greenaway, Liam Taylor).

WINSLADE PARK AND MJS GROUP

MJS Group have decades of experience delivering exceptional results and have demonstrated their skills here at Winslade Park time and time again. Winslade Park Co-founder Paul Scantlebury said:

“MJS Group has proven itself to be a well-resourced, reliable, and reputable local contractor with a dedicated and hard-working team. We have been delighted with their efficiency, attention to detail, and the pride they take in all the work they undertake. Winslade Park has instructed MJS Group on several projects now, and they are yet to disappoint. We can’t wait to see Brook completed and look forward to working on many more exciting projects with them in the future.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Everyone at MJS wishes all our supporters, followers, clients and suppliers a very merry Christmas and Happy 2024. Keep an eye open on our socials. Some big things to come!

Hair & Beauty Studio Project

All the glitz and glamour of show business! Friday night saw the launch event of Lyre Studio, based at the already stylish Winslade Park. We were asked by the owners to undertake the fit out of this brand new hair and beauty studio. Something a little different but a challenge Louis and his team were excited to take on. The work we undertook included bespoke cabinetry, working platform for hair wash station, mastic and sealant works, installation of glass panels, purpose made mirror mounts and bespoke solid oak shelves, amongst our ‘usual offering’ of drylining, decorating and carpentry works’.

Congratulations to Lyre Studio and Winslade Park.

Multi Trade Contract in Exeter

We are delighted to announce our continued partnership with Tilia Homes on their next development in Alphington, Exeter. Our drylining and decorating teams will be carrying out the work on 182 brand new homes in the heart of the South West. We are very much looking forward to working with them and the wider team here.

Tilia Homes has pledged more than £2.6m in investment towards local education and healthcare facilities, as well as road traffic management, including a pedestrian and cyclist bridge.

New Offices at Winslade Park

Having such vast trades at hand and strong relationships in our industry has put us at the top of the list for construction companies and house builders alike.

We have just completed the construction of two new offices at the prestigious Winslade Park development. We took on this project to complete it, start to finish.

Photos below show the stages of construction.

New Sponsorship deal with Sidmouth RFC

We are delighted to announce we are the main sponsor of Sidmouth RFC for the 2023/24 season. Enhancing our relationship year on year, we are excited to bring on the season. We continue with our coaching and managment sponsorship & support as well as our partnership in maintaining elements of our wonderful Club House at the Blackmore.

Burington Estates @ Stowford Mill Underway

This month sees us well underway with a new site for Burrington Estates in the charming town of Ivybridge. We are undertaking a wide variety of work on this new development.

The Walled Garden is a collection of 4 executive homes on the exciting and very interesting development on the old Stowford Mill site.

Maintenance Team Grows Further

Paul, our decorating and tiling contracts manager for over 10 years, takes on a new role from today. He joins our ever growing maintenance team. Paul’s contribution to the decorating and tiling division has been unparalleled during his time in the role and we can’t thank him enough. He now moves on to undertaking maintenance work and show home decoration, wanting to take more time out to be with his family and young grandchildren, Paul will now be working part time for the company. With Elliott at the helm we know the both of them will continue to make this a thriving division of the business.

Steve Clewer, previously Operations Director, will take over as Painting and tiling Contracts Manager. Having overseen the department more many years, Steve has a wide understanding of the sites and looks to further implement operations efficiencies and quality procedures.

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