Our Story

Harvey Lawrence - From Manchester roots to Midlands success and UK coverage

Harvey Lawrence was founded in 2001 in Manchester by Sarah Harvey with the clear vision to create a recruitment business that delivers a service based on trust, expertise and relationships. Sarah had already gained several years experience and success as a construction recruiter in the Northern market and was heading the largest agency in construction recruitment across the North. This meant that Harvey Lawrence already had a strong foundation from day one. 2001 to 2008 saw the growth of the business across the North West with a strong client base with contractors and developers recruiting all levels of permanent and temporary staff from site engineers, site/project management though to all commercial disciplines including quantity surveying, estimating and pre-construction roles.

Harvey Lawrence led the recruitment for many of the major contractors and was largely involved with recruiting for major education and health frameworks including large city centre hospital schemes and was heavily involved in the previous apartment boom of the 2005 to 2008 period. The roles ranged from senior managers, including Operations Directors and Regional Directors of top 5 contractrors, through to Project Directors. We were involved extensively in recruiting in Liverpool during the redevelopment of the city centre. Even when the market saw a change at the end of 2008, we remained constant throughout in recruiting in the Northern market and maintained our commitment to the region. 

Harvey Lawrence - Success in the Midlands

In 2009 Harvey Lawrence expanded into the Midlands following a specific request by the Regional Director of a national contractor to lead the recruitment for their new Birmingham office. Throughout the next three years we recruited a number of management roles and quickly established a reputation with a number of key clients. We have brought our years of recruitment success in the construction sector to the Midlands region. We have recruited from Operations Directors to Project Directors and Bid Managers and across the whole range of technical, management and commercial disciplines. We have successfully mirrored the relationships that we have built in the North.

Harvey Lawrence - U.K. Coverage

Today, we resource for clients throughout the UK and we have expanded our geographical coverage based on demand from our key clients who prefer to choose us. Harvey Lawrence has worked throughout the South and recent roles span Kent, Buckinghamshire, Northants, London and Glasgow to name a few. We are frequently asked by our clients to recruit further afield for one reason, they trust our capability.

Harvey Lawrence - It's the way we do business

Moving forward our aim is to continue to reinforce our market-leading position by delivering exceptional service, a service based on real market understanding, absolute honesty and a commitment to quality. Harvey Lawrence will continue to set itself apart by the way we do business and the value we create by achieving great results, the right way. 68% of our business is repeat and 150 of our clients have used Harvey Lawrence for at least 10 years. We think these figures speak for themselves.