History

ENL Limited is a family business with a strong tradition in engineering. Mr. H W Gamble (1841 – 1885) and the Great Great Grandfather of Richard Gamble (present Managing Director of ENL Limited) worked as a metal engraver.

His son Mr. H E Gamble (1878 – 1953) was the founder of GPA Limited (Gamble Piano Actions), which manufactured & produced wooden piano actions and was based in North East London.

His son M H Gamble (1907 – 1976) worked for the company (who had served his apprenticeship at a German Piano Company). At the start of WWII GPA was diverted by the Government into producing numerous parts for Aircraft in wood, metal and Perspex at 3 factories Cheltenham, Bognor Regis and London.

After the war MHG went into partnership with Mr. L R Neil who had started Neil Tool Co. in 1943. They produced jigs & fixtures and later the main assembly jigs for many aircraft both at home and abroad.

In 1958 a company producing electrical assemblies and plastic mouldings – Electromag Engineering Company Ltd (Lymington) was bought by MHG and LRN and the two companies were amalgamated to form Electromag Neil Tooling Ltd.

In 1963 LRN sold his share of the company to MHG. His son W H Gamble (1938 – present) and now Chairman, had joined the company in 1958.

Over the next 30 years the company grew and established itself as one of the leading companies designing and manufacturing large jigs and fixtures for the Aerospace industry and ground support equipment. The company had also opened divisions in Bristol (Sheet Metal Fabrication) and Portsmouth (Plastic Injection Moulding & Toolmaking).

The company sold its divisions in Lymington and Bristol to concentrate on its plastic injection moulding and tooling and in 2003 simplified the name of the company to ENL Limited. The company continues to flourish and in 2007 purchased it’s first overseas factory in Slovakia. Production started in 2008 and was officially opened by The British Ambassador Mr. Michael Roberts on 18th May 2009.

The Gamble family is very proud to be a part of British industry for over 150 years and can boast that they have been manufacturing products for over 90 years and involved in the Aerospace industry for the last 70 years.