Charles Lighting have been manufacturing Enplates, primarily for the street lighting industry, since 1989.


Founded by the Charles family, it eventually became the separate company it is today, with Bob Hanks as Director.  Bob worked in the lighting industry for many years and was instrumental in the formulation of the Enplate numbering system, which is still our core business.


From shared premises in Lenthay Road, Bob moved Charles Lighting across town to Priestlands Lane in Sherborne, Dorset, where we continue to run the business.


After 30 years at the helm Bob decided to retire and, in April 2019, sold the company to Pauline and Paul Chesterman.


Paul has brought a wealth of experience from 40 years Local Authority Transport Management and Engineering roles, working in Oxfordshire, Somerset and Dorset.

Sales Director

Pauline has worked for Charles Lighting since 2006, in an administrative role, as well as being part of the production team, thus ensuring a continuity of service and retention of expertise within the company.

Accounts Director

Our priority is to continue to serve both new and existing customers, ensuring their current and future needs are met.  We will continue to maintain what the company has done well for the past 30 years, while exploring new possibilities within the industry.  

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