Our History

While the On Line Group as it operates today was formed in 2013, the ‘On Line’ brand has an illustrious history stretching back to the early 1980s.

1980s

In 1982, On Line Design & Engineering Limited was established by a group of like-minded engineers, realising the need for a design firm with the required experience and knowledge of the Engineering sector to better understand clients’ needs and provide exceptional solutions. Therefore, from humble beginnings in a portacabin on North Killingholme airfield, South Humberside, On Line Design focused on gathering designers of multiple disciplines, each with a firm grasp of engineering design, fabrication and construction methods.

This philosophy led to rapid progression and expansion, including the opening of On Line House in Immingham (where the On Line Group still operates today), and the procurement of prestigious support services contracts with BP SNS and Conoco (UK) in Theddlethorpe, as well as the first EP & CM contract at Novartis, Grimsby.

In 1986, after just 4 years in operation, the companies turnover exceeded £1.2m.

1990s

Following success throughout the 1980s and early 90s, On Line Design completed 2 extensions to On Line House, allowing the company to sustain growth and improve the level of service for clients; as a result, On Line Design was awarded the EP & CM for several contracts at Novartis, Grimsby. In 1996 the company was also awarded the EP & CM contract for Project Derwent at Tioxide (UK), and appointed recruitment partner for SCM Chemicals. Additionally, following an 8 year working relationship, On Line Design became Engineering Partner to Novartis, Grimsby.

In 1990, the company saw the need to provide engineering personnel to clients and formed the Technical Agency Division with the sole purpose of providing technical personnel (white collar workers) to clients on temporary and long-term contracts as well as placements.

In 1998, On Line Design launched On Loan Recruitment – recruitment specialists dedicated to providing blue collar workers to the Engineering, Industrial, Manufacturing, Energy & Power, Food and Commercial sectors – also opening a new premises, On Loan House on Manby Road in Immingham.

2000s

In 2001, On Line Design was awarded the EP & CM contract for Enabling Works at the Killingholme I.C.H.P, and appointed Alliance Partner at Novartis, Grimsby. On Loan Recruitment also demonstrated strong progress, procuring contracts for the supply of personnel to North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils.

Further expansion followed with the opening of the Hull Office, allowing On Line to better serve clients from multiple locations across the Humber region, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. In 2006, a partnership was formed with Centrica Storage Limited and a year later On Line Design became Design Partners for long time clients ConocoPhillips. As of 2007, the companies, 25 years after formation, the turnover was circa. £26m.

In 2008, as a result of increased business On Loan House was extended.

2010 onwards…

In 2010, On Line Design formed Anglia Engineering Solutions, after acquiring the assets of Grimsby based Anglia Engineering – a company with over 40 years’ experience serving the Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Humber regions with Machining, Fabrication, Maintenance, Fitting and Design services. The acquisition enabled the On Line brand to expand the range of solutions it provides to its target sectors, with Anglia Engineering Solutions’ substantial and highly skilled workforce and resources.

In 2011, On Line Design’s turnover exceeded £30m, and newly formed Anglia Engineering Solutions received the ROSPA Gold Award.

Following the integration of Anglia Engineering Solutions with On Line’s existing services, it became apparent that a new corporate structure would allow all companies operating under the ‘On Line’ brand to utilise their resources more efficiently and effectively, whilst providing a seamless experience for all clients. With this in mind, in 2013 the On Line Design & Engineering Group was formed;

'to achieve a more effective corporate and management structure and better administer the commercial activities of each group company'.

In line with the new Group structure, On Line Design’s Technical Agency Division became On Line People – a separate ‘On Line’ branded company dedicated to providing quality technical personnel for roles within the Group’s target sectors – and a new company, On Line Support Personnel, was created to focus on all administrative, payroll, financial, IT support and HR services to companies within the On Line Group. Creative design and marketing agency Media Excel was also acquired to support the promotional activities of the Group and its clients.

This new structure makes up the On Line Group as it operates today, with 6 companies carrying the ‘On Line’ brand, providing the highest quality Integrated Engineering Solutions to clients in the Humber, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions, in addition to the UK as a whole.


As of 2015, the On Line Group is comprised of:

In 2015, 32 years after the initial formation of On Line Design & Engineering Limited, the new Group turnover exceeded £35m.