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Matthew Gibbons clocks up 25 years

Director Matthew Gibbons today celebrates 25 years since his first day working with Gibbons Engineering Group, and we caught up with him for a quick chat about his time in the family business.

Matthew’s grandfather Wilfred founded the company in Tollesbury, Essex, in 1969, succeeded by his son Martin who remains Chairman of the company. On November 22nd 1991, Matthew became the third generation of the Gibbons family to work for the business and a quarter of a century later we spoke to him about his career.

What was your first job with the company?

I started out aged 17 as a workshop delivery person, based on the same site we occupy today. Interacting with clients as part of that role gave me the hunger to meet customers and sell, which led to me becoming sales engineer.

How have things changed since you started?

The advancements in technology, such as accounting software, and the administration behind each job have become increasingly complex. The amount of paperwork and legislation required to simply carry out a rewind is so much greater than it was 25 years ago.

What’s your favourite memory from the last 25 years?

The construction of the new office and workshop building is a highlight. It was built in 2005 and has allowed us to expand the business in a way we otherwise couldn’t have done. However, in hindsight we should have allowed for more parking spaces as the business has grown so much over the last decade that it’s a bit of a tight squeeze!

Where do you think the company will be in another 25 years?

I’d like to see the business grow in a sustainable way, expanding on our long-standing customer base. We pride ourselves on developing and maintaining excellent relationships with our clients, many of whom we’ve been working with for decades. I also envisage future building expansion to accommodate new products and services beyond our 11 existing divisions.

To enquire about Gibbons’ range of electric motors, ABB variable-speed drives, pumps and other electro-mechanical equipment, call us on 01621 868138 or email

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