October 1947 – Ken & Vera Welham get the business started using Vera’s £8 WRAF gratuity to buy some tools.
1955 and the business has grown steadily to a total workforce of 6. Now specialising in auto engineering.
The Suez crisis of 1956 had a detrimental effect and Ken was left with just himself and an apprentice (Ian Miller).
March 1964 - the formation of Welham Diesel Injection, specialising in fuel injection equipment to complement the work of the Motor Company.
In 1972 Ken Welham’s health began to fail, so three external directors were appointed: Ian Miller (Motor), Stewart Davis (Diesel) and Vic Chawner (Sales).
In 1986 after a long struggle with MS Ken passed away, tragically followed by Vera shortly afterwards. Their son Robert and daughter Valerie inherited the two companies and aided by the three directors they continued what had been started almost 40 years previously.
1995 - the retirement of Ian Miller (replaced by Doug Barratt) and also Stewart Davis (replaced by Mick Lattimore).
In 2008 Vic Chawner was the last of the 1972 appointees to retire.
October 2012 – the Motor Company celebrated 65 years in business.
March 2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the Diesel Company and also the sad death of Mick Lattimore after 48 years of service.
In April 2014 Chris Harris was appointed as Managing Director of Welham Diesel and in April 2015 David Cram was appointed as Finance Director for both companies.
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