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When John Brown Plastics Ltd (formally TH & J Daniels Ltd) in Stroud closed its workshop back in 1985, Terry Light took his redundancy and bravely started up in business. He saw a gap in the market for making precision parts and tooling and so Dibone Engineering was born on the 2nd of January 1986.

Starting off in Unit 12 on the Daniels Industrial Estate within the year, as planned, his business partner Ian Kibblewhite was able to join him and three staff were on board. They grew the business steadily over the next twenty years and in 1989 expanded and took a second unit on the estate. Dibone Engineering became a Limited Company in March 1999.

Terry and Ian decided to retire in December 2006 by which time Dibone Engineering Ltd had a well established and experienced workforce of fourteen. The Company was renowned for producing top quality precision parts, backed up by excellent customer service.

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Mr William Beese (Bill) purchased the Company, working on with Terry and Ian over the next year to ensure a smooth transition. Ian finally retired taking a well deserved holiday in New Zealand and Terry stayed on part time purchasing materials and dealing with customers' quotes until May 2013 when he finally retired.

With Bill's new leadership skills the Company continues to flourish. In 2008 Bill won the "Welsh Leadership in Small Businesses" award and was congratulated for making a huge impact on his community and for inspiring his workforce, leading them to success. Bill has ensured that the high standards set are continued and that the company moves forward, as always, striving for excellence.

How did Dibone get its name? It was derived from Terry's and Ian's nicknames when they were young apprentices together at John Brown Plastics Ltd. Ian was called "Officer Dibble" from the popular TV show Top Cat and Terry was nicknamed "Bones" as he was rather a scrawny lad with boney elbows!