About Mainstream

Mainstream, a company you can trust

Nationally accredited, award-winning, with quality and high principles at our core.

‘The Driving Force For Industry’ encapsulates the Mainstream brand which commenced business in 1997. From the early days of just three people, a forklift truck and a single lorry, Mainstream has grown to become a national and international provider of training and recruitment services.

Our team of over 200, includes around 100 highly skilled and experienced instructors covering a diverse range of courses and vocational qualifications. Our modern fleet of training vehicles and plant includes, manual and automatic LGVs, dual-controlled cars, minibuses, lorry mounted cranes and a wide selection of construction and warehouse machinery. If it moves then it's true to say that we can probably train you to use it!

In addition to our training business we have built a reputation as a trusted staff supply partner to businesses of all sizes, ranging from local hauliers through to national retailers and distributors. Our recruitment agencies supply around 600 temporary drivers and other logistics staff every week. We recognise that industry needs a constant supply of skilled labour and it is no secret that there is a national shortage of LGV drivers, construction plant and warehouse operatives. However, as one of the largest training companies in the UK, we are uniquely placed to tackle the skills shortage head on and we work closely with our customers to meet their needs.


Investing in quality

Upon the retirement of our founding directors, Mainstream underwent a successful management buy-out at the end of 2015. The new management team backed by a group of private investors, have invested £500k refurbishing the training facilities at Mainstream House and upgrading our fleet of training vehicles. We believe that this substantial investment cements Mainstream's position as the region's premier training provider and  further demonstrates our commitment to quality and training excellence.


The Mainstream Group, is made up of the following businesses;


Mainstream Training Limited - delivering training services to the driving, warehouse and construction sectors, our customers include private and public companies, the UK military, HM Prison Service, the Skills Funding Agency and private individuals.

Mainstream Staff Supplies Limited - a recruitment business specialising in the supply temporary driving and warehouse staff.

Staffing Made Simple (Kent) Limited - as well as supplying temporary driving and warehouse staff, SMS also has a permanent staff division, Logikal People which specialises in the placement of accountancy staff.

Mainstream Fleet Services Limited - a fully managed combined vehicle and driver supply service to major hauliers and distributors. Fleet Services also manages our in-house workshop facility ensuring that our commercial and training fleet remains well maintained, safe and reliable.

Mainstream Catering Limited -  a full managed solution providing catering and restaurant services together with vending machines and mobile catering vans.