Holbro Engineering was originally a small machine shop based at Unit 8 Holyoake Avenue in Bispham started by a Mr Cyril HOLden, and a Mr Derek BROwn, which is where our name came from.
During 1979 the Company was purchased by our Managing Director Terry Hill for £25,000.00 – Terry had previously worked for G A Norman Ltd in Blackpool, he decided to keep the name and officially certified Holbro as a private limited company on 8th January 1981.
Over the next 4 years, the order book grew which meant that a bigger machine shop was needed and therefore Holbro Engineering moved into Unit 4 Holyoake Avenue.
On 12th October 1989 Terry married Karen and together they saw their business go from strength to strength, and during November 1996 after 17 years in rented accommodation, Holbro moved to its very own building here in Fleetwood – making the centre spread of the evening gazette at the time!!
Throughout our lengthy establishment we have carried out work for various industries: Rail, Nuclear, Aerospace, Shipping/Nautical, Fitness, Medical, and Leisure..
With the good times, have also been the bad and during 2009/2010 we experienced a vast turn down in the order book as demand for machined parts became slow. Redundancies followed, and we prepared ourselves for a possible end. However, there was a light at what we thought was the end of the tunnel in the form of repairs/refurbishments, which is where we are at today – since this time we have adapted half of our premises into a refurbishment department, expanding the only way we possibly could by putting mezzanine floors in to create extra space for stock and offices. The next step was to acquire additional property adjacent to our current site to house the new contracts we have won.
1981 – Date of incorporation
1985 – Due to continued success Holbro moved to Unit 4 Holyoake Avenue.
1996 – After 17 years of expanding the business Holbro moved to a larger premises at Copse Hill Works, Fleetwood.
2011 – Holbro branches into repairs and refurbishments.
2014 – Mezzanine floors added to expand workshop area.
2015 – Holbro purchases an additional unit next door to their headquarters for rail engineering repairs.
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