Our History


Providing compliance services and lifting solutions for over 200 years

For over 200 years, Lloyds British has been synonymous with the very best in lifting engineering. With dedicated, experienced and qualified staff at the heart of the business, Lloyds have stood the test of time and continue to deliver reliable, responsive and fast service and support across the UK.


Staffordshire Public Chain & Anchor Testing Co. formed by the Association of Wrought Iron Chain Manufacturers to standardise the quality of production of chains and anchors. Lloyds Register of Shipping supplied a Superintendent who had the authority of Works Manager


Herbert Morris Limited was founded and was to become one of the leading companies in Europe engaged in the manufacture of cranes, electric hoists and pulley blocks

Anchor & Chain Cable Act

This Act compelled manufacturers to use an independent proving house for cable and anchors supplied to ships built to Lloyds classifications. It also laid down a statutory price list to be varied only by application to the Board of Trade.


Several proving houses opened to carry out requirements of 1899 Act, mostly by Lloyds British Testing Co., Cradley Heath, Tipton, Chester, Sunderland, Newcastle and Glasgow.