Three for 30

Celebrating 30
years in recruitment

Get involved by using the hashtag #3for30

Over the past 3 decades we've proudly placed more than 10,000 temporary workers and found more than 600 people permanent jobs they love.

To mark the occasion we wanted to do something special that reflects the job we love, the great people we've met along the way and those who are sadly no longer with us.

Throughout 2018 we will be raising money for 3 very special charities with a series of events. If we've known you for years or you're new to Abatec we'd welcome and love your support!

Total so far


Your dream job

Helping you find the job you'll love.

A day in the life @ abatec

Working at Abatec isn't like working at any other recruitment agency - read the stories below from one of our newest team members and one of our longest standing…

Mark Hooper

Mark Hooper

Operations Manager

For me, Abatec Recruitment is unique and without peer as an employer, and partner to candidates and clients with the Construction and Engineering Recruitment arena across the South West.

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Join our

Fancy a fast moving career working for a great company?

Drop us a line, or pop in to say hi with a copy of your cv!

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Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans

Team Leader

I relocated with my family to Somerset in the early 90's. The next few years were spent working as an Administrator for local companies, before I joined Abatec as a Trainee in 1997.

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A bit about us…



Number of clients worked with

First client
General Electric Generating Board

Years worked with longest serving client
11 years


Number of temps placed


Number of perms placed
(since 2008)




Number of staff

Employed since inception

Longest serving member
26 years
Paul Bowyer


Circa £34,000

raised since Abatec launched

Our chosen charities

Bone Cancer Research Trust

Bone Cancer Research Trust

The Bone Cancer Research Trust is a charity that offers hope to people affected by primary bone cancer. BCRT are dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, making a difference through vital research.

Weston Hospice Care

Weston Hospice Care

Weston Hospicecare provide palliative care for those suffering with life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their loved ones in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas.

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Motor Neurone Disease Association

MNDA improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. They fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments - bringing us closer to a cure for MND.

Celebrating 30 years & raising money

Find out how we're celebrating our 30 year anniversary, plus information on some of the events we are holding to raise money for our 3 chosen charities…

Cheltenham Festival

Signifying the official start of our 30th year celebrations, we were whisked up to Cheltenham to enjoy Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival 2018.

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Dogsbody for
a Day

Raising money for Bone Cancer Trust Research, Abatec employees will be nominating any Manager or Director to be put forward into the 'Dogsbody for a Day' draw on April 16th.

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The Great Abatec Bakeoff

Our next fundraiser will be The Great Abatec Bake Off where our team will bake their little hearts out to compete for the crown and title of The Greatest Baker at Abatec!

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London Marathon

Read through Richards training blog to see how he's been preparing for the not so easy challenge of running over 26 miles for charity.

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Charity Golf Day

We're ready and raring to go for our Charity Golf Day, aka the 'Abatec Cup'. Find out how you can get involved and help us raise some money.

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Follow our journey

Read our blogs to find out what Abatec are up to throughout the year

Stepping through time

It's been a fun and eventful journey over the last 30 years, here are just some of the key milestones, why not take a scroll through the decades…

Founded by Michael Bowyer

Engineering recruitment and Design house

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 25

£1,000,000 turnover in first year

Phil Davies, Present Managing Director, Joins as Mechanical Design Engineer (Ex British Nuclear Fuels Limited)

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 75

Landed Major National in-house design account with C.E.G.B. (Central Electricity Board) retained for 10 years

Appointed as Design Consultant to Hinkley Point 'B' Power Station

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 92

Design consultant for the decommission of the reactors Thermocouple, for the safe removal at Berkley Nuclear Power Station

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 105

Strachan & Henshaw consortium member supplying more than 50 engineers to Bristol based engineering company

Bought "Better Engineers" blue collar recruitment business

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 145

Buy new premises and refurbish for H.Q. Abatec House

Opened Autocad Training School

Opened Design Offices in Birmingham

Opened Design Office in Harrogate

Opened Design Office in Guildford

Phil Davies 10 year anniversary

Richard Buchanan, present Operations Director, joins company

Launch Construction Recruitment Division

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 175

Start supplying staff to Wessex Water (and still supplying 17 years on!)

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 195

Phil Davies runs the London Marathon raising £11,470 for Brain & Spine Foundation

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 220

Opened office in Norway supply Oil & Gas workers

Opened new office in Bristol

Inaugural company Charity Golf Day raising more than £5,000 for Breast Cancer Charity

Kelly Evans & Angela Jay celebrate 10 years with the company

Weston-Super-Mare Pier razed to the ground by fire

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 240

Phil Davies celebrates 20 years with the company

Mike Bowyer sadly loses his fight against Motor Neurone Disease

Richard Buchanan celebrates 10 years with the company

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 270

Supplied a team to help rebuild Weston Pier

Erini Georgiou celebrates 10 years with company

Winners of the Employer of the Year 2015 at the Business Leader Awards

Rob Dyer & Carole Craddock celebrate 10 years with the company

Supplying technical staff to Hinkley Point 'C'

Average number of temporary workers achieved: 300

Kelly Evans & Angela Jay celebrate 20 years with the company

Finalist of the Year 2017 (11-50 staff) Business Leader Awards