Business Action August / September 2019


August / September 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

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Lilley Precision Engineering,

based in Barnstaple, is celebrating

its 15th anniversary.

The company was started by

Darrian Lilley, who has worked

in North Devon manufacturing

for 30 years after training at

Ayers and Grimshaw, when he

decided he wanted to run his

own business.

The company specialises in

engineering plastics, including

thermoplastics, vulcanised

fibre and high-performance

composites and laminates.

“We offer a competitive

sub-contract CNC milling and

turning service, both locally

and all over the UK, as well as

abroad,” says Darrian.

Lilley Precision supplies

products to electrical and

general engineering, electronics,

transport / rail,

packaging, domestic appliance,

lighting, medical, switchgear,

safety critical parts and other

markets. Its products range

from aircraft components to

musical instrument parts.

The company has seen many

changes including a move to

Anyone thinking the familiar

name of William C. Hockin

will disappear from vehicles

travelling up and down

the Link Road is being put

straight by Bill Hockin. While

his tanker business has been

acquired by Greenergy, Bill

continues to own and manage

the main William C. Hockin

(Transport) Ltd haulage business

established in 1974.

The sale of the tanker business

was a logical step after

the two businesses worked

together successfully for more

than a decade.

Commenting on the sale,

Bill Hockin says, “We have

worked with Greenergy for

over 10 years, and with their

support have grown our

business into where it is today.

Greenergy has always been

reliable and respectful to do

business with, and I have every

confidence that they are best

positioned to explore further

opportunities for our business.”

Andrew Owens, chief executive

of Greenergy, explains,

“William C. Hockin has been

a valued Greenergy logistics

provider for many years,

providing exceptional levels of

support for speciality movements

such as bioethanol and

super gasoline trunking, as well


Engineering firm’s 15 th anniversary

The Lilley Precision Engineering team:

(from left) apprentices Jacob Bartynski and Nathan Green, administration

and quality manager Suzanne Lilley and managing director Darrian Lilley

as providing regional support

services for third parties. We

will build on the great work of

Bill, and we look forward to

expanding our capabilities with

an excellent team.”

Hockin’s tanker operations

in Barnstaple will be integrated

into Greenergy Flexigrid

operations and continue

to service existing clients.

a new unit in 2014, which

quadrupled its space, as well

as becoming one of the first

precision engineering firms in

the UK to receive certification

for the more stringent ISO

9001:2015 standard.

Suzanne Lilley, administration

and quality manager, adds:

“Having the quality management

system in place has

benefited us in so many ways.

Customer growth has been one

of them, as we are now recognised

as being able to provide

a robust quality product and

service, meeting our clients


Since 2019, Darrian

and Suzanne have also run

Outboard Motor Loc Ltd.

Darrian explains: “We

manufacture, assemble and

market outboard engine security

products, selling privately as

well as to many trade customers

throughout the UK and abroad,

and exporting to Canada, USA,

Australia, Sweden, France and

South America.”

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Road haulage company is here to stay

Greenergy is an established

supplier and distributor of

transportation fuels and

Greenergy Flexigrid, its

in-house haulage operation,

employs more than 500

drivers and staff throughout

the UK. Bill Hockin will maintain

his interest in the operation

by joining the Greenergy

Flexigrid board of directors as

a non-executive director.

Bill wanted to drive from

an early age and has worked

in the transport industry since

obtaining his driving licence.

He started William C. Hockin

Transport with Irene, his wife,

in 1974 with a tractor unit

and two trailers. The company

now has some 50 vehicles

that service the UK from

Barnstaple. It remains a family

business and Bill is proud that

it retains the personal touch.

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