We are a small family run business founded in 1979 by two friends and fellow classic car enthusiasts, Frank Cholerton and Christopher Parnham.
They were both active restorers having separately restored numerous classic cars, who went into business together through the dissatisfaction of plating work on their own cars. This
still lays the the foundation of the business today, specialising in high quality custom chrome work, primarily for classic cars and motorcycles.
Rather than mass-plating for industry and tackling car parts as a sideline, Derby Plating always intended to specialise in car chrome. "Plating car parts needs a great deal of personal
attention to get good results," says Chris. "We employ the best polishers and platers, who are experienced and sensitive to our customers' requirements. Some platers don't charge you much
to wreck your bits!"
Frank sadly passed away in 1996 but the business still continues today under the directorship of the two families, with his son James starting working there from 2000.