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2020 is a significant year for Darke Engineering as the company celebrates its tenth year of trading. From small beginnings in 2010, when David Taylor and Paul Farrance first started the company, it has flourished and in 2017 was included in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, one of the top 100 fastest growing privately owned companies in the UK – a notable achievement.

Darke Engineering - 10 years serving the oil and gas industry

Darke Engineering’s Director, David Taylor, recounts the company’s history,

We started the company in 2010 with two men and one old van, sharing an office and yard with other companies. Our first order was to fabricate some pipe supports for £3,000.

A lucky break came in the first few months when Paul took a call from a previous client asking for operational assistance on damaged pipework. However, the first two years were a struggle, Paul concentrated on the operational and marketing side while I shared my time between Darke’s work and working in London as a consultant QS.

In 2013 accreditations to ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 were achieved which enabled the company to pre-qualify for major companies such as Southern Gas and Northern Gas Networks, and secure framework contracts. Darke Engineering now has a wide range of clients and has grown every year.

David continues,

At present we employ 45 staff, we own all of our vehicles and the majority of plant and equipment and we operate from purpose built offices and workshop. For the last six years we have held our annual H&S conference and team building events in Portugal, which has always been well attended and received by the employees. Last year saw the completion of our largest project to date: a £4.5m design and build gas reception facility.

We’re very proud that Darke Engineering is celebrating this landmark anniversary and we would like to thank all the people who helped and mentored us throughout our 10 years. To all our suppliers, our customers for awarding work to us and of course to our valued employees, without whom this milestone would not have been acheived. We’re looking forward to the future!.

If you would like to know more about how Darke Engineering can help with your project please call David or Paul on +44 (0)1733 246 907 or email:

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