A fresh chapter as Dymond Engineering continues to evolve

Colin Dymond, founder of Barnstable based Dymond Engineering retired recently after 36 years with the company and so it enters an exciting new phase in its development.

Colin started out by providing a precision metal fabrication service to shop fitters and retail designers.  Dymond Shop Fittings is still a leading supplier to this industry but the company has expanded and diversified into variety of other sectors.

Six years ago the organisation gained fresh impetus when it was acquired by Mike Garner and Sue Roberts, both of whom had worked in the business as consultants. They have infused Dymond with fresh energy and additional experience, working alongside Colin to develop new products and explore fresh markets.

Colin’s retirement has been carefully planned for some time and Shaun Couch was brought on board last September to become the next Product Design and Manufacturing Engineer.  Shaun brings with him over 20 years’ design, production management and project engineering experience gained while working in a number of roles with well-respected companies.

Managing Director, Mike Garner, comments that “Colin has been hugely instrumental in making Dymond Engineering and Dymond Shop Fitting the success story it is today.  He’ll be sadly missed by the team here and all those clients he has helped over the years.  His departure, however, makes room for Shaun, who has already proved a great asset with his fresh enthusiasm and breadth of experience.  We’re as responsive and competitive as ever, hungry to win new business, eager to innovate and expand into a wider range of sectors.”

Shaun Couch adds that “I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role and very excited about becoming part of a business with such an excellent reputation for its value engineering expertise, product quality and solutions-focused approach.  We have a terrific offering for contractors, manufacturers, joiners and designers, as well as business owners in the retail arena – more practical solutions, better value, shorter lead times and excellent service.”

We know our customers and suppliers will join us in wishing Colin a happy retirement and in welcoming Shaun to the business – he’s looking forward to working with you.


Dymond Engineering is pleased to launch the new improved design for our Galvanised Pheasant and Partridge Game Feeders.

Both the feeders have had small re-designs, primarily for keeping out stock, deer and other pests.  This is particularly apparent in the Pheasant feeder which now comes with a kit of removable restrictor bars for keeping out deer and stock, as well as rodents and other pests.

Galvanised Pheasant & Partridge Feeder

Galvanised Pheasant & Partridge Feeder

Galvanised Pheasant & Partridge Feeder

Dymond Galvanised Pheasant feeder with lid removed

Galvanised Pheasant feeder - rodent & deer proof

Dymond Galvanised Pheasant feeder – rodent & deer proof




Dymond Engineering is pleased to support a number of fabulous ‘house’ charities each year which we are particularly fond of, or which our customers are supporting through physically challenging fund raising activities!

This month donations have been made to Shine which supports those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, thanks to Shaun Pitchers of Shine, www.shinecharity.org.uk; to Reach Inclusive Arts, thanks to Gareth Preece of Railston, www.reachinclusivearts.org.uk  and to Prospect Hospice, thanks to Lisa Whellams,  www.prospect-hospice.net and to Childrens Hospice South West, thanks to Tracy Harvey.

 The fantastic work these charities do is incredible and the support they provide to those in need is invaluable.  We are grateful to the amazing endeavors of those who take on these incredible challenges in order to raise much needed funds, and we at Dymond are pleased to play our small part.

Product Development Engineer – Metal Fabrication – North Devon

We have a vacancy for a Development Engineer with hands-on experience of working in a metalwork production environment, responsible for developing metal modular shopfittings and display equipment.

Working closely with customers and their product designs you will develop their ideas into technical plans and prototypes for production, ensuring the finished products meet customer expectations and can be made reliably and consistently.

Problem-solving skills, creativity, and the ability to work in a small business team environment are required qualities.  Hands-on engineering experience in a production environment is more important than knowledge of design software.

For details please email info@dymondengineering.co.uk

Extra  TIG and MIG welding capacity

It is with great pleasure that Dymond Engineering welcomes a new member to the welding team.

Paul Rowe joined our welding team today, increasing our TIG and MIG welding capacity which will really help as the workload increases.  It’s day one but Paul is already proving to be a valuable member of the welding team.

We look forward to having you on board Paul.


Dymond Engineering attended a Hinkley Point C Awareness and Opportunity event held in Barnstaple this week aimed at building a North Devon supply chain for Hinkley C.

Dymond has attended numerous Hinkley C events over the last couple of years but this is the first to be held in the North Devon area and highlights the extent of the demand for regional suppliers, which is much greater than can be catered for in Somerset alone.  However the rigorous demands of working for Hinkley C, including all the non-core requirements, will put many would-be suppliers off, as do the delays and uncertainties around this truly massive project.

But for those who are prepared to invest in this huge supply chain opportunity that we have in North Devon, the returns could be there for decades to come.  The on-going challenge for us at Dymond is finding out if there is a requirement for our capabilities.  We know there is demand for structural steel work, steel bedding plates and other metal fabrications, but we still haven’t found out if there is a match for our non-structural metalwork capabilities.   We are in the process of updating our registration with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s Hinkley Supply Chain website which will help with matching us against requirements.

So much exploratory and preparatory work still to do, but an exciting opportunity awaits.  For more information visit the Somerset Chamber’s Hinkley Supply Chain website at www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk

The North Devon Manufacturers Association (NDMA) has published an interesting booklet promoting career opportunities in North Devon.

Whilst North Devon has a vibrant business and manufacturing sector, the NDMA recognises that the region is not an obvious choice for those seeking a career in manufacturing or engineering.

The North Devon careers booklet features case studies from individuals who have moved or returned to the area in order to pursue their business and engineering careers.  These personal stories highlight the high level career opportunities available within the manufacturing and technology sectors here in North Devon, as well as the wonderful life-style benefits from living in this beautiful area.

The case studies feature a range of international companies, advanced engineering and local manufacturing businesses, including Mike and Sue at Dymond Engineering.  Mike Garner and Sue Roberts moved to North Devon when they bought Dymond Engineering & Metal Products Ltd in 2010.  They sum up their story saying “it was the business that brought us to North Devon and we love it here”.

You can download a pdf copy of the booklet here – North_Devon_Careers_Booklet  – or go to the brochure on the North Devon Manufacturers Association website

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Dymond Engineering Directors, North Devon Engineering Business

Dymond Engineering Directors, Mike Garner & Sue Roberts. Photo by Guy Harrop.



North Devon Business Event

Sue and Mike of Dymond Engineering attended an interesting North Devon business event last week.  The event was held jointly by RBS Bank – soon to be Williams & Glyn – and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) at the Barnstaple Hotel.

The event could be the first of a series in North Devon if there is sufficient demand, which feedback indicates there would be. It was attended by a range of businesses from across North Devon, including engineering and manufacturing as well as public sector and healthcare providers.

There was a positive mood of optimism amongst the manufacturers, including Dymond Engineering, which are seeing an improvement in their markets.

The evening was split into two parts.  Firstly a presentation from the CMI which focused on 5 key aspects to drive business improvement.  This was followed by a presentation from Williams & Glyn about the new bank and critically their criteria for assessing funding applications, which is very useful if you are thinking about making an application as the market improves.

Dymond Engineering Directors, Mike Garner & Sue Roberts

Dymond Engineering Directors,  North Devon Business

The NDMA’s monthly breakfast meeting this week focused on initiatives to identify and inspire future leaders in engineering, helping to address the growing shortage of engineers in the UK.

Presentations were made by EDT (Engineering Development Trust) which works with young people age 11-21, and Arkwright Scholarship Trust, which works with students who apply in year 11 and supports them right up until age 25.

These and many other  organisations provide a continum of activites and opportunities to inspire, support and train  potential young engineers from age 4 to 25, and to maintain their interest in the face of so many other competing forces.

There are exciting opportunities for companies to get involved as sponsors, which also gives the companies access to the rich talent pool of students and alumni for the future development of their engineering business.

It’s an incredibly busy summer period here at Dymond Engineering with all hands to the pump.  However Sue managed to make time to attend this month’s North Devon Manufacturer’s Association’s (NDMA) committee meeting held at the new Barnstaple Work Hub.

Prior to the NDMA meeting we were treated to a tour of the impressive Barnstaple Work Hub, along with a  presentation by the business which hosts the hub – the Design Shop.  Design Shop moved into spacious new premises last year and set up the Work Hub along side its core sign and corporate furniture business.

It was then onto the NDMA committee meeting and on the agenda was the new ‘Careers in North Devon Manufacturing’ brochure which should be available in November.  Among other pertinent topics we also discussed work with the Heart of the South West LEP and the South West Peninsula Manufacturers Network, and the opening of the North Devon Engineering and Innovation Centre at Petroc.

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