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"I would always recommend Simon (Harvey Jacob) for your recruitment needs."

Chris Morris - Operations Manager - Willmott Dixon Interiors

Client Testimonials

Simon Cross has been providing me with a recruitment service for temporary staff for 10 years +.
I have always found that he listens carefully to the employers brief and is invariably successful in finding candidates to meet the requirements.
He has gathered a broad knowledge of the Construction Industry and is also able to support his clients in developing the precise requirements of their recruitment needs.
His polite and amiable manner enables him to maintain a close and regular contact in order that his candidates performances are reviewed, and that his services are on hand to meet the ever changing needs of his clients' business.
Simon James - Area Manager - Warings Contractors Limited

Martin has recruited for ISG Pearce, a leading Retail and Regional Construction business, on a regular basis since 2000. Our Regional business covers General Contacts, Major Projects and Affordable Housing delivering projects in the range of £500,000 - £25 million. Within these teams we carry out Health, Education, MOD, Commercial and Industrial projects under Traditional, 2 stage negotiated and D&B contracts. We also have teams that cover Retail projects delivering work nationwide for a number of major food and non food clients from £500,000 to £15 million (approximately).
Martin has recruited for all of our business sectors over the past 11 years and we feel he understands our organisation and consistently supplies us with high calibre candidates. We find he matches our specific vacancy requirements accurately but also recruits for us proactively by making us aware of candidates he feels will suit and enhance our teams.
Martin has successfully carried out recruitment for us from Assistant level to Senior Management positions with a high number of his placements still with us today. He has always been discreet and professional in his approach. Additionally he has worked as an in house recruiter for a 3 month period.
I can only comment on his service to and relationship with ISG Pearce and say that he is highly regarded in our business.
Anita Hill - Group HR Manager - ISG Construction South West

Simon has consistently recruited Freelance technical construction staff for me since 2001; mostly freelance but I have also engaged the odd person on a temp Ė perm basis. I have always found that Simon is good at taking on board the type of individual I am looking for and on the whole delivers with a good degree of success. I find that Simon is honest about the knowledge of his candidates and gives me as much information as he can about the individual in order to make me feel comfortable that the candidate meets the specification I originally out lined to him.
All in all I trust Simon and this is important as it means I can give him the information and know that 9 times out of 10 he will deliver the right person.
Simon Fawley - Project Director - Galliford Try

Martin Paul has been supporting me in recruitment since 2000 providing candidates of all levels and experience in the Retail sector. Martin has an excellent understanding of the sector and the particular skills needed and has developed a strong relationship with my business which allows him to offer the right individuals to fit our particular culture.
Martin is always able to react quickly to our ever changing needs and his knowledge of the sector and the marketplace allows him to deliver the right candidates to us every time.
Clive Pople - Director - Willmot Dixon Interiors

I have used Martin as both a candidate and a client, as a candidate I found Martinís knowledge and information on the role and company in question to be comprehensive with specific reference points on why the role would suit my strengths, what parts of the role and company would be challenging and what my career progression would be.
Since accepting the role I have gone back to Martin on 2 occasions to successfully fill strategic, senior roles for my business.
Iíve found him to be honest and accurate about the respective candidateís strengths and weaknesses.
Richard Price - Operations Director - Midas Construction


Primus Interiors
Bill Osborne quoted:
In my years as a senior Manager and also a Director of Operations one of the most difficult areas is finding the right candidates for a vacancy, even more difficult is finding the right recruitment company to act on your behalf.
In recent years particularly when I was National Operations Director for the Interiors division at Wates I found Simon Cross very honest about his candidates and was able to profile the individual I was looking for and find the right candidate. I found Simon understands the Construction Industry and its particular requirements making the process easier to deal with.
Simon was professional, understanding and able to accommodate my busy time frames and sets himself apart from  many others in the recruitment industry who on the whole I found pushy and almost like used car salesman.
Bill Osborne.
Ex Operational Director of Wates Interiors and Current Operations Director for Primus Interiors.
Bill Osborne

We have worked with Harvey Jacob for a number of years and found that the candidates they provide have been vetted and selected with our requirements in mind. All have been worth interviewing.

We feel that we can rely on the staff selection provided by Simonís team and are happy to continue using their services.
Bulb Interiors       
Paul Horsburgh - Director- Bulb Interiors


"I have been using Simon Cross for recruitment for the past five years and cannot praise his service highly enough. Simonís greatest strength for me is sitting down and listening to our requirements and understanding what we are looking for in our staff.

Simonís extensive knowledge of the construction industry also allows him to understand both how our business operates and the specific requirements of the position available, in doing so he never fails to deliver the highest calibre candidates.

Simon is proactive in his approach often putting forward candidates he feels are a perfect fit for the company as well as advertising our business to potential staff as if it were his own. He is always honest and never  makes contact unnecessarily. This along with his straightforward, hardworking and professional method of recruiting sets him apart from many others in the industry.Ē

Richard Brewer

Managing Director

Magrock Ltd

Richard Brewer

        I am writing to endorse Mr Simon Cross, whom I have known for close to 10 years my experience with Simon has been on a professional standing. I used his services for recruiting staff in the interiors fit out market whilst I was Operations manager with Wates Interiors Limited.

Simon has always dealt with my requests with honesty and sincerity, I trust Simon and the quality of his candidates. Mr Simon Cross is an enthusiastic professional who will go that extra mile in securing the right candidate for the right client. Simon has fully managed the recruitment process for me with his pre interviews which ensure that my time spent at interview is fully productive.

Simon has always integrated well with my management team ensuring that our resource needs are dealt with; you can always count on him. Simon will be an asset to your team and the whole organisation as well.


Stephen Pearce

Stephen Pearce



We have worked with Simon over a number of years now and he has always provided us with a first class Professional service.

He has a very good knowledge of the fit out market and has provided us with some very good candidates over a range of disciplines

We would not hesitate to recommend Simon and the Harvey Jacob Team.

Tony Davies, Director, Kingly


"Working with Harvey Jacob over the years has been an extremely positive experience.

Our brief is continually changing and their efforts to understand and adapt to our needs,

has clearly been represented in the quality of people they have sent us.

We look forward to continuing our business with them over the coming yearsĒ

Clive @ City Sq


"Simon is a highly dedicated professional who cares about the standard of personnel that he provides to his end user. He researches his staff and matches them to the requirements of the client.
I would always recommend Simon (Harvey Jacob) for your recruitment needs."
Chris Morris - Operations Manager - Willmott Dixon Interiors

I found Martin to be very professional and an expert in his field. I would not hesitate to work with him again.
Michelle Valvona

Have used Martin on several occasions at his previous Company and more recently with Harvey Jacob. I have hired from Martin in the past and been satisfied with some very good candidates. I have also been thankful for Martin's help when I have found myself looking for work.
Andrew Moore