Diesel do nicely for tuning twins with expansion plans

Ryan and Scott, left, Parkin of Darkside Developments.
Ryan and Scott, left, Parkin of Darkside Developments.
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Twin brothers from Barnsley who started their automotive business in a garden shed are moving up a gear after relocating to purpose-built premises.

Darkside Developments, set-up in 2010 by brothers Scott and Ryan Parkin, will expand on to an acre of land they own behind their premises on Park Springs, Grimethorpe,

The firm tunes diesel engines for Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda vehicles and supplies parts to 70 dealers worldwide. It employs 11.

The business is backed by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre through Enterprising Barnsley, the business development arm of Barnsley Council.

Scott, aged 26, said: “We’ve worked tirelessly over the past six years to make the company a success and we’re looking to add four or five more people to the team by the end of the year.

“We’re a strong believer in that we have a lot of talent within Yorkshire, so we’re always trying to recruit people from within the local area.”

The company attracts customers from around the UK and across the world, taking orders from America, Australia and the Caribbean.

Scott said: “In one week, we had somebody visit us from Aberdeen and someone else from Portsmouth and a customer from South Wales. We’ve even had a guy drive all the way from Norway for us to tune his engine and fabricate a custom exhaust system.”

Kevin Steel, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “A huge amount of credit should be given to both Scott and Ryan. To be known all over the world in six years is remarkable.”