In 1973, Peter Thompson, having achieved redundancy from regular employment, started working on Lister and other engines as a "hands-on" engineer.
The title of "Marine Engine Services" indicated the type of work carried out although in 1980 this name was registered under the 'Registration of Business Names Act'.
At that time the business was being conducted from premises at Bulls Bridge Wharf, Southall, but in 1984 the move was made to a workshop facility at Uxbridge Wharf in premises rented from Uxbridge Boat Centre Ltd.
The business developed and a good relationship was built up with the Lister-Petter factory at Dursley until, in 1988, when the Alpha range of engines was being introduced, the new company of Marine Engine Services Ltd was set up, the original Directors being Peter Thompson. and Glenn Knight.
The original objects of the Company were to engage in the sales of Marine Diesel engines however it very soon became apparent that the spares business should also be incorporated and this was effected shortly afterwards.
Coincident with this, Glenn Knight resigned as a Director and Paul Ayres joined as Sales Director.
Over the next few years, with the requirement for more storage and operating space, various warehouses and other units were rented but in late 2000 the decision was taken to acquire freehold business premises to house the entire operation under one roof.
In May 2001 the purchase of Unit 3, 549 Eskdale road was finalised and, following redecoration, the Company moved premises from Uxbridge Wharf over the Christmas break 2001.
Chris Bennett joined the Company in October 2001 as Depot Manager and is directly responsible for parts sales & administration which now forms a major part of the business along with the marinisation & sales of Lister Petter based units.
The workshop facility remains at Uxbridge Wharf and operates in conjunction with the main business.
In 2009 Pat Hadfield joined the Company on a part time basis to assist with stock control & general office duties and, in December, Paul Ayres resigned as Sales Director