Our people


We believe that integrity matters. It’s an approach to business that’s led from the top – through honest advice, care in selecting the right type of work, sustainable growth, and a commitment to building long-term, trusted relationships.

We value all our people very highly. We’re proud of their skills, their experience, and the results they achieve for our clients. We take pride in the pride they take in their work.


All our production and site staff have industry-recognised qualifications gained under the Construction Industry Training Board, City and Guilds and construction skills organisations.
They include NVQ L3 woodwork occupations, indentured apprenticeships, C&G fine furniture, French polishing, SMSTS, and health and safety training in manual lifting, hand arm vibration and CoSHH.

Our workforce

Our workforce includes surveyors, estimators, project managers, draughtsmen, CNC programmers, wood machinists, joiners, French polishers and specialist spray finishers. They’re all hands-on, experienced people who know their trade, as well as understanding and working effectively with other trades and trusted suppliers. And we mustn’t forget the back office staff - accountants, finance clerks, administrators, our health, safety & environmental officer and our training co-ordinator.

Safety, health, environmental and quality

We follow established procedures to make sure that our work doesn’t harm people, and has the least possible impact on the environment.
All our staff have the training and supervision they need on equipment, working practices and procurement, as well as personal support and development.

Members of NAS

We’re members of the National Association of Shopfitters, abide by their standards (as well as those of the CIJC) and are actively involved in what they do. Our chairman Martin Noble is a former president of the NAS. Marc Allen, our estimating director, sits on the Shopfitting Industry Training Forum.


Every year since 1975, we’ve taken an apprentice to make sure that traditional skills are continually passed on from one generation to another. 99% of our apprentices remain with  us after they qualify - one for 38 years! Our apprentices win awards - most recently the John Rabey Award, Shopfitting Apprentice of the Year and Skillbuild. We work with the CITB who administer the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme.


We take our responsibilities very seriously. We follow established safety, health, environmental and quality procedures to make sure that our work doesn’t harm people, and has the least possible impact on the environment.  Wherever possible and available, we source and use FSC certified timber. We work with ethical suppliers of other raw materials from sustainable sources. Our purchasing policy aims to reduce waste, re-use and recycle materials, including looking for continual improvement in the way we dispose of waste. We stay on top of changing legislation, and can advise you on its impact on your project.

Our state-of-the-art factory includes a biomass burner for disposing of wood waste, with the facility to generate renewable energy to heat the building and water. 86% of our waste is recycled or reused. On Tekne managed sites participating in BREEAM, we’ve achieved scores that put us in the top 15%.

Community involvement

We work closely with Bournemouth and Poole College and the Arts Institute of Bournemouth. Our mill has a number of large machines that apprentices from smaller companies don’t have an opportunity to see - so we’re happy to give college groups and their tutors a tour and presentation. We’ve also been able to help design students in the actual manufacture of their projects - most recently a ‘futuristic’ beach hut designed by two students in Level 6 Architecture.

“I really enjoy working at Tekne. Everyone pulls together and so everyone does their best. It’s great to see the finished work going off to site and when we see the same people coming back to us with more work we know we’ve done a good job.” John Norman

“I love my job. There’s so much satisfaction in turning a piece of wood into a fine piece of furniture that’s not just useful but pleasing to the eye. At Tekne it’s not just about production line manufacturing, it’s about taking lines from the drawing and bringing an idea to life; something that appeals to all the senses.” Gary Wright