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 NEWS 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 requirements.” 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.” ■■Details 01271 370601 or lilleyprecisionengineering.co.uk 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. ■■Details 01271 372945 or williamchockin.co.uk 2 business action | August / September2019 | business-action.co.uk
West Heanton’s fleet of electric cars with home carers: (from left) Bernie, Jo and Michelle Home carers fleet goes electric West Heanton, at Buckland Filleigh, which operates its own care home and provides domiciliary care for 40 families in the area, has invested in a fleet of six electric cars for its home care staff. The business has always supported its home care staff by paying them for the entire shift they work, including travelling time, rather than just for care visits. It has also always provided vehicles, so that staff don’t have to use One of the UK’s fastest growing business advisory firms is expanding its presence in North Devon after acquiring one of Barnstaple’s longstanding accountancy practices. Perrins Chartered Accountants has joined the Baldwins Group and changed its name to Baldwins with immediate effect, with staff remaining at the existing office. Established in North Devon in 1914, Perrins’ 20 staff serve more than 1,000 Devon and Cornwall-based commercial and agricultural, business and personal tax clients. This follows the 2017 acquisition of Davisons and brings Baldwins’ total number of West Country offices to six. Its other offices being in South Molton, Holsworthy, Launceston, Tavistock and Truro. Matthew Gard, regional managing partner for Baldwins in the West Country, says: “Joining forces with Perrins forms part of our ongoing plans to expand our reach their own cars, and previously ran a fleet of petrol cars. In 2018, the business started researching electric cars and realised they would be a viable option for West Heanton. It secured finance from Lloyds Bank Clean Growth Financing Initiative, which provides reduced rate lending for business projects that reduce emissions, are energy efficient, low carbon, reduce waste, recycle or improve water efficiency. across the West Country. We have been working with the North Devon community for over 70 years. Our investment in Perrins underlines our confidence and long-term commitment to the business in the area and our desire to continue to grow. “It will be business as usual for the staff and clients.” This enabled the business to purchase six Renault Zoes and six rapid charging stations, which can charge all six cars from flat in one hour. The white cars all feature West Heanton’s branding so are instantly recognisable. Each car covers 80 miles per charge and can be re-charged between shifts. They have reduced fuel costs from 25p to 12p per mile, in addition to the associated environmental benefits. They Accountancy firm goes national Baldwins team: (from left) Simon Osment, Matthew Gard and Chris Birch Shaun Knight, board director at Baldwins, continues: “We look forward to expanding and working with the business community in Devon. The acquisitions underline our commitment to the Devon and Cornwall business communities. “Local relationships are key and practices will benefit from also have a precondition feature, enabling them to be cooled in summer or heated in winter before shifts, so are comfortable and ready to go. This environmental initiative is in addition to installing solar panels and a bio-mass boiler for heating West Heanton’s care home. ■■Details 01409 281754 or westheanton.co.uk West Heanton award see page 20 the digital and technological innovations implemented within Baldwins, in order to meet the demands of the ever changing regulatory and digital landscape, as well as client expectations. Chris Birch, director at Perrins, will continue to lead the firm’s Barnstaple office, alongside Simon Osment. Chris says: “Joining forces with Baldwins takes our firm to the next level where we can expand our reach with their additional services, and in turn, expand our workforce. “This spells great news for our clients as we can use Baldwins’ national coverage and depth of specialist expertise to offer business advisory services that stretch beyond general accountancy. Baldwins, a Cogital Group company, has more than 90 UK offices, employs over 2,800 staff and has an annual turnover of approximately £200 million. ■■Details 01271 343004 or baldwinsaccountants.co.uk @businessactionm | August / September2019 | business action 3