About Us


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Timeline

Apprenticeship

6th July 1987

Simon Gilboy was indentured at Staverton Joinery as Dartington Trust apprentice for three years.

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Garden Shed

5th November 1991

Simon set up a very small workshop in his parent’s garden shed…

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First Workshop

7th March 1994

First Workshop

Simon opened the doors on the first Gilboy’s workshop at the Riverside in Staverton with financial and mentoring help from The Prince’s Trust.

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Employee 001

4th May 1998

Employee No.1, Will Arscott joins the business.

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Workshop No.2

1st January 2001

Workshop No.2

Having outgrown the small workshop at Riverside, Simon seized the opportunity to move to larger premises based at Riverford Farm.

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Gilboy’s Incorporated

19th June 2002

Gilboy’s was incorporated at companies house as Gilboy’s Limited.

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Secret Millionaire

8th October 2007

Coming Home

4th May 2015

Coming Home

In January 2015 we began work on renovating premises located in the old Staverton Joinery works where Simon was originally apprenticed.

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Started developing our own beeswax polish

6th July 2015

Archie Joins

23rd November 2015

Archie joined the business and started his restoration apprenticeship the following January.

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Gilboy’s Gold goes on sale

4th January 2016

Hidden jewels found in antique bureau

25th April 2016

Archie, our apprentice in his first year had began assessing the bureau for restoration and found a secret drawer…

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R&D given the green light

30th June 2016

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs recognised our beeswax furniture polish as a unique product and awarded us with tax relief for continued Research and Development over a three year period.

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Invitation from Tesla

12th September 2017

Invitation from Tesla

Simon was invited to the UK headquarters of Tesla to talk to the sales team about the importance of ‘the little things’ and how attention to detail has driven Gilboy’s success.

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Polishing Kits Introduced

15th November 2017

Polishing Kits Introduced

To make it easier for customers to buy everything they need to professionally polish their furniture we developed our beeswax polishing kits.

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Amazon Prime

1st October 2018

Amazon Prime

Gilboy’s Gold is awarded Amazon’s Choice and invited on to the Amazon Prime platform.

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Rural Business Awards

23rd October 2018

Rural Business Awards

Gilboy’s wins Best Rural Manufacturing Business 2018/19 at the Rural Business Awards (South West).

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