About HJ Skelton and Co Ltd

Our Vision

To be the preferred supplier of rail products and materials to the rail sector in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and to continue to export steel and non-ferrous materials to our customers overseas.


Operating since 1883, H.J. Skelton & Co. Ltd. provides quality rail products to the rail industry across the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland along with steel and non-ferrous materials to our customers worldwide.

We are committed to customer satisfaction and good business practice. With an in-depth working knowledge of the rail industry and its needs, we actively source quality products globally for our markets through our established global supplier network.

Our Core Values

Respect for People and the Environment
In all our business dealings we treat our customers, suppliers, industry colleagues and peers with dignity and respect and we strive to minimise our impact on the natural and built environment.

Honesty and Integrity
We take pride in our long history and attribute a large proportion of our success to honesty and integrity in all our dealings. We consistently deliver what we promise in an ethical and professional manner.

Reliability and Value
We invest in developing and maintaining long standing working relations with our customers and suppliers to ensure that we deliver quality services and products at the right price and time in line with expectations.

About our Founder

A specialist iron and steel merchant Harry John (H.J.) Skelton founded the Skelton Group of companies in London, England in 1883.

A pioneer of the steel industry he was actively involved in the development of standards and promoting the use and application of steel. He was a founding member of the British Standards Institute, Chairman of both the Committee of Management, London Iron and Steel Exchange and of the Steel and Tinplate Section, London Chamber of Commerce. He published Skelton’s Economics of Iron & Steel.

Later, his son, R.A. Skelton published the Steel Construction Handbook, incorporating British Standards (BS), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) specifications. This became the reference work for Engineers for 50 years until the complexities of construction materials became too diverse for one publication.

H.J. Skelton has operated as an import / export steel merchant out of England since it was formed in 1883.

Our Logo

We continue to use the original company logo which depicts the “year of formation”, a “Beam” that was so important for the worldwide development of the company and the “S” for Skelton in honour of the founder of the company.

Our Suppliers

With a history of operations stretching over 130 years, H.J. Skelton & Co. Ltd. has established a large network of reputable suppliers with whom we liaise with on a regular basis to serve our customers worldwide. We are privileged to have the full support of our suppliers, both technically and commercially. They too want to service the market through Skeltons in a professional manner.