Almost uniquely within the industry today, Sykes & Son Limited retain a large direct workforce – nearly 150 staff strong.

Direct delivery has been part of the Sykes philosophy since day one. This allows us greater flexibility in resourcing projects and meeting ever changing workload commitments and guarantees our clients of consistency and quality of delivery.

Our team are highly regarded for their skill and expertise in building fabric refurbishment, repairs and restoration, mechanical and electrical services installation and maintenance.

Trades which Sykes can self-deliver include:

  • General building works
  • Painting and specialist decorating
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • General Maintenance

Long-Serving Staff

We pride ourselves on retention of staff – both management and operatives, with a very low staff turnover across the business, giving client’s confidence of both stability and performance. A third of our workforce have over 10 years continued service.

Pro-Active Management

Whilst we are of a size large enough to take on multi-million projects, our senior management keep a hands-on approach to ensure client satisfaction. We always look for contracts where we are certain we can deliver to an exceptionally high standard and provide a personal service.

With our flat management structure, we have the flexibility to act quickly in our decision-making process and tailor our delivery swiftly to match differing client’s needs.

Apprentices, Work Experience and Training

We recognise the importance of increasing skills, employment and opportunities for Londoners, and for many years, Sykes have provided apprenticeships and work placements, to ensure the industry has individuals with the right skills for the future.

Sykes actively encourage a programme of self-improvement and advancement. We pride ourselves on providing opportunities to staff to become “the best that they can be” and we have some enviable success stories.


Managing Director, Andrew Burr; Commercial Director, Chris O’Donnell; Finance Director,
Peter Banks