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Stiffell and Wilson Ltd was founded in 1950 and incorporated in 1956 by Sydney Wilson and Herbert Stiffell. Sidney was a marble grainer by trade and took Bert on as his apprentice in the late 1940's. The partnership grew into something very special and in 1950 they started Stiffell and Wilson as painter & decorators offering this specialist marble service.

The pair set to work on a number of houses in the Hornchurch area, word quickly spread of the brilliant craftsmanship and skill of the company. Whilst working in Hornchurch the pair carried out works on Mr. Peter Green's home who was a Senior Manager at Shell Mex. Mr. Green was so pleased with the finished product he invited Sydney and Bert to Shell Mex offices in London to discuss painting petrol stations across London and the South East.

Stiffell & Wilson's first commercial client was Shell Mex and shortly followed by BP Ltd, for whom a small works maintenance and painting contract was agreed. It soon became clear with the leadership from Sydney and Bert that the company had a passion for the works centred on the motor industry, by the end of the late 60's Stiffell and Wilson were building workshops, offices, car showrooms, petrol stations along with building up a strong maintenance service across the South East.

In 1972 many service stations started to progress to the self-service scheme on the forecourts. The meant that most sites had to be fitted with a serving counter and shops suitable for the customers to walk around in freely. Fred Parkes joined the company in 1972, to look after this division of the business, Fred was a carpenter by trade and had a real eye for detail and quality finishes.

In 1980 Sidney Wilson retired from the company making Herbert Stiffell Managing Director. Bert promoted Fred to General Manager in the same year to overlook the whole company operation. In 1984 Fred was made a company Director. Sidney went on to teach at the Polytechnic College in Essex for a number of years. In 1989 Bert retired from the company to spend more time with his family. The pair remained close friends until Sidney Wilson's death in 2003. Herbert Stiffell Passed away in 2011.

Fred Parkes took over the company fully in 1989 as Managing Director. As a need for a more comprehensive contractor became the norm Fred moved Stiffell and Wilson into sign ware, electrics, forecourt pipework, and plumbing. It became clear to progress efficiently these other trade skills were best carried out by reliable and approved sub- contractors.

During the 1990's Stiffell & Wilson carried on with commercial building works and maintenance. Fred Parkes won a number of major contracts with both BP and Exxonmobil adding strength to the company portfolio. Stiffell and Wilson also achieved membership into the Federation of Master builders, along with Safe Contractor and DNV. In 2001 Terry Gillett was appointed as Contracts Manager, Terry had his own business prior to joining with a wealth of experience and knowledge, his background was a specialist building contractor. Terry was made company Director in 2005.

In April 2010 Fred Parkes stood down as Managing Director and the role passed to Terry Gillett. Fred remained with the company as Director and then on a consultant bases until December 2014. Fred still remains close friends with Terry and returns to Stiffell & Wilson offices to see the staff.

Today under the leadership of Terry we continue to provide a comprehensive repair and maintenance service nationwide along with emergency response services to the petrochemical industry. Stiffell and Wilson now has a fleet of specialist vehicles, plant and equipment for the petrochemical market. We still operate a building and commercial construction division from our offices and yard based in Chadwell Heath, Essex. The company has recently started working with environmental consultants moving into remediation services, bulk excavation, mothballing and vacuum excavation.

Stiffell and Wilson has become a well-known name within the industry and with our 65 year anniversary in early 2015 we look forward to continued success.