All Steels' CARES Quality System Certification!

Dear All Steels Customers,

We are delighted to inform you that we have recently attained CARES quality system approval in regard to being certified by the Authority to purchase and supply steel products for the reinforcement of concrete.

For your convenience, a copy of All Steels’ valid CARES quality system certificate can be found by clicking on the hyperlink provided directly below:
A PDF copy of All Steels' CARES quality system certificate can be found here 

Hence, we are also very pleased to announce that as from the week commencing Monday 2 November 2020 we will have the following range of CARES approved REINFORCING BARS available for immediate ex-stock delivery:
SIZES: 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm & 25mm
LENGTH: 6/6.3m
BND WGTS: 2-2.5T

Such material can of course be readily ordered in full bundles as part of a composite load (utilising the highly comprehensive All Steels stock range) – or in standalone full loads.

For further details about this new All Steels product supply option then please do not hesitate to contact your relevant All Steels sales contact.

Lee Harrison's ACCA Examination Success!

All Steels is delighted to announce that our accounts department colleague Lee Harrison has passed his final accounting exam with flying colours and become a member of the ACCA.

We think it’s fair to say that Lee’s motivation during studying was the knowledge that the qualification would enable him to further assist All Steels' group of businesses and wide range of respective suppliers/customers through the highly valuable experience and expertise Lee has so very successfully and well-deservedly gained.

Many congratulations Lee!

Bank of England Collaboration!

We are very pleased to report that All Steels’ Finance Director (Matthew Rhodes) has recently accepted an invitation to take part in a highly relevant and important Bank of England initiative!

The vote to leave the European Union is of course likely to have significant implications for the UK economic outlook and it will take time for those implications to become clear. In light of this, the Bank has launched a new Decision Maker Panel of finance directors from across industries and from around the UK.

The Decision Maker Panel of key/selected finance directors will have immediate policy relevance for:

1. Assessing the likely implications of the Brexit referendum on corporate decision making (for example investment and hiring) and hence the broader economic outlook.

2. Assessing the sectors, regions and firm types (for example small, young) most affected by uncertainty, where more immediate action to offer policy or institutional solutions may be required.

Naturally, All Steels is very appreciative of being given the opportunity via Matthew Rhodes to participate in/contribute to this significant new Bank of England initiative. It’s also always very nice to be especially recognised as being a strong and influential UK based international exporter of steel long products.

Global Awards 2019 Winner!

All Steels Trading is delighted to announce that we have very recently received a beautiful/new large glass trophy to proudly display in our Thirsk Head Office Boardroom!

The CEO Today Global Awards are in essence dedicated to recognising strong and innovative leadership amongst business leaders operating around the world.

CEO Today magazine works with and features some of the most innovative, forward-thinking, thought-leading CEOs in business today.

Featuring CEOs from across every region and from all of the key business sectors, CEO Today magazine is ideally placed to recognise and applaud those CEOs that have clearly disrupted their industry’s status quo and taken their company to new heights of innovation and growth.

It is fantastic news that All Steels Trading's Managing Director/CEO has been identified and honoured as a worthy winner by the CEO Today Global Awards 2019 judging panel.

Our Future King: Prince Charles at 70

To mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, the SJH Group and Royal Correspondent Robert Jobson have produced the commemorative publication Our Future King: Prince Charles at 70. The eye-catching fully illustrated hardback was officially launched on the 14th November in the refined setting of The Ritz London hotel in Piccadilly.

All Steels Trading is delighted to feature as a selected patron in this captivating biography that truly commends the heir to the throne's notorious entrepreneurial spirit.

Celebrating a lifetime of achievement and heralding Prince Charles’s current and future roles and responsibilities, the high-quality, coffee-table book charts the Prince's seven decades; from his early years through to his present status as one the most significant figures on the world stage. The book also gives a detailed look at the many areas in which the Prince has contributed to society through his various charitable associations and includes exclusive pictures from his Royal Tours over the last 18-months.

Furthermore, the publication includes a bespoke and interesting profile about All Steels Trading on pages 148-149! The dedicated editorial contribution also outlines how All Steels Trading shares with the Prince the same values and passion for the next generation of business growth.

AST Achieves NHSS3B Certification

In just over 3 months’ time to be involved in the steel supply chain for our National Highways there is a requirement for businesses to be certified to NHSS3B.  This effectively includes the supply of steel for applications such as overhead gantries, parapets for bridges, lamp posts, crash barriers, palisade security fencing, sound barrier fencing, road signs, sheet piling for soil retaining walls, gabions, soil nails and washers, etc.

All Steels Trading is therefore delighted to announce that we have recently attained the National Highways Sector Scheme 3B (NHSS3B) certification, awarded by the UKAS accreditation body the Steel Construction Certification Scheme (SCCS (021)).  Following a robust UKAS assessment, the SCCS actually became the first Certification Body to be accredited to audit the National Highways Sector Scheme 3B – stocking and distribution activities for structural steel products.

Receiving a UKAS accredited NHSS3B certificate ratifies that All Steels Trading has in place truly resilient quality management processes to supply products specifically for suppliers and contractors of Highways England.  Gaining such a qualification also serves to demonstrate that All Steels Trading has totally satisfied all mandatory requirements including prior successful transition to UKAS accredited ISO 9001:2015 certification to supply structural steel products specifically for all Highways England projects. 


Scunthorpe Telegraph News Article March 2018

Boost for Trentside workers as Groveport seals new five-year deal with major steel trader

The inland port complex at Gunness is said to play an integral role in the supply chain of delivering steel products. Workers on the Groveport site at Gunness have been given a boost by one of the UK's largest steel traders.

The Groveport site, on the River Trent at Gunness

The Thirsk-based firm of All Steels Trading has just signed a new five-year deal with the inland port complex on the River Trent which covers 190 acres. All Steels Trading imports steel from across the world and the 12-berth Groveport, which is owned by the Teesside-based PD Ports and has traded for more than 40 years, is said to play an integral part in the supply chain of delivering products within 48 hours of ordering.

Geoff Lippitt, the business development director at PD Ports, said the relationship with All Steels Trading was a long-term one based on trust and deliverable logistics.

He said: "We have a very experienced team handling steel products at Groveport and we are both delighted and proud to have further strengthened our long-standing relationship with All Steels Trading as UK port of choice for the next five years and beyond.

"We have vast experience in and knowledge of the markets steel traders operate in and our steel handling operations reflect the care and attention to detail we offer in this sector.

"As well as the excellent transport links for road deliveries into the UK network, a key benefit of using Groveport is that we have a 19,200 sq m covered warehouse with direct quay access that provides a comprehensive service for our steel customers.

"With an additional 41,000 sq m of covered warehousing and a surfaced open storage area, we can offer a total of 450,000 sq m space for handling and storage."

Laurence McDougall, the managing director at All Steels Trading, said he believed the partnership with PD Ports worked because of their unique working relationship.

Mr McDougall added: "We often have to respond quickly to fluctuations on demand and knowing we can rely on PD Ports to handle, store and have our steel products available on demand adds real strength to our customer offer in terms of efficiency and value for money".

AST Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

AST Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

AST is delighted to announce that we have achieved the latest ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard. You can download a copy of AST’s BSI ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certificate HERE

Following meticulous examination of our procedures and performance relating to leadership, risk management, and satisfying customer requirements, this prestigious BSI certification is a true testament to AST’s dedication to routinely providing the highest levels of quality management and customer satisfaction.

Our company first achieved ISO 9001 BSI accredited certification back in 2009 under the previous ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. ISO 9001:2015 is the newest update to the quality management system standard, which provides an integrated approach to quality management and continual improvement, helping businesses to monitor and manage quality across all operations, as well as achieving consistent performance and service. There have been radical changes made since the last revision, and ISO 9001:2015 ensures that the latest quality standard continues to maintain its relevance in today’s marketplace.

At AST, we will always place quality at the very heart of our business so that we will naturally continue to achieve outstanding levels of performance and service.

LSEG's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2016

Cover visuals.inddAll Steels Trading (under the umbrella of Thompson McDougall Steel Holdings Limited) is delighted to be included in the London Stock Exchange Group's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2016 report.

The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium size businesses. Writing in the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said, ‘UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.’

The London Stock Exchange Group worked with the research company, DueDil, to identify the 2016 list of the 1000 companies. Companies had to meet certain criteria: be UK-registered and active; have revenues between £6 million and £250 million, based on latest Companies House filings and have a minimum of three years in operation.

LSEG Trophy 3


Having identified a long list of eligible companies, DueDil then separated the companies into their Standard Classification (SIC) grouping and computed the average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in percentage (based on turnover growth) for each SIC sector over a four-year period and within each SIC sector, then ranked the companies by their individual CAGR percentage. Finally, DueDil then identified the companies that had most outperformed their sector averages. A downloadable PDF of the publication itself can be found online at

As a company All Steels Trading certainly strives to innovate and adapt to changing conditions in the market, so it’s an honour for our company to be recognised as an inspirational British competitor.

Celebrating AST's Export & Import Training Successes!

We are delighted to announce that AST’s International Business Development Executives have each successfully achieved accredited training certifications in Incoterms®, Understanding Exporting, Export Documentation, Methods of Payment, Documentary Letters of Credit and Import Procedures.  (The term, Incoterms®, is a recognised and established abbreviation for International Commercial Terms.  International Commercial Terms (Incoterms®), are of course published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in international commercial transactions.)

Hence, it’s fair to say that AST's International Business Development Executives are now far more familiar with all relevant procedures connected to successfully exporting and importing including the key use of Incoterms® and just how they:

  1. Provide a common set of rules to clarify responsibilities of sellers (exporters) and buyers (importers) for the delivery of goods under domestic and international sales contracts.
  2. Apportion transportation costs and responsibilities associated with the delivery of goods between buyers and sellers and reflect modern-day transportation practices.
  3. Reduce the possibility for cross-cultural misunderstandings, contractual ambiguity and disagreements.
Well done to our International Business Development colleagues who keenly and very successfully participated in this latest AST continuing professional development training course opportunity!

Friday 13th Not So Unlucky for All Steels Trading!

All Steels Trading were happy to take a risk on a historically unlucky day and entered a team in the NEASS Annual Golf Competition, which took place this year on Friday 13th September on the Cheshire Course at Carden Park.

The challenging course reminiscent of the finest British heathland golf courses offered a wealth of natural hazards! However, despite this and some tough competition coming from the likes of rival sister company Tomrods’ team The All Steels Trading players kept their cool and triumphantly secured the First Team Prize with a winning score of 81 points. The All Steels Trading Team comprised the following members: Managing Director Laurence McDougall with guests Steve Unwin & Ian Hardy from Caparo Merchant Bar & Alan Burton from 247 Design & Print. 

The team can now all look forward to playing 18 complimentary holes on the PGA National course at the Belfry as well as a 30 minute lesson with a Senior Teaching Professional at the Golf Club. The huge applause doesn’t end there because in addition to the victorious First Team Prize Managing Director Laurence McDougall also skilfully won the Individual Winner Prize on the day! So we now have two beautiful new trophies to add to the collection in the Boardroom at Thirsk in recognition of All Steels Trading’s sporting as well as steel trading know-how!

Yorkshire’s Top 500 Companies For 2013

Yorkshire Business Insider Vol.16 No.7 July 2013 – Guide to the Top 500 Companies

All Steels Trading is proud to announce that we have moved up the rankings in this prestigious annually published list!

We are clearly highlighted in position 292 of the Yorkshire Business Insider's Top 500 data table.

How the Top 500 Works – The performance of a company is measured by a combination of their turnover and profitability. Companies are ranked first by turnover and then again by pre-tax profit. The two rankings are then averaged and the top 500 are drawn in order from that list. Only companies with a registered office in the region are included and all figures are taken from the latest returns at Companies House.

All Steels Trading is also delighted to report that we have been successful again this year in getting into Yorkshire Business Insider’s ‘Top 25 Most Productive List’ where we have been ranked 23rd for 2013.

All Steels Trading Achieves Another Strong Rating!

All Steels Trading has been rated as Strong in a new report analysing the UK’s top 541 Steel Distributors.

Using the most up-to-date information available the Plimsoll Analysis individually rates each company on their financial performance and is an ideal tool for navigating the challenges facing the steel trading market.

All Steels Trading is one of only 252 companies to achieve a Strong rating in this 2013 report.

"Our wide-ranging analysis of your company clearly outlines how well your company has performed despite difficult market conditions". Ms Abbie Mian (Plimsoll Publishing Ltd).

UK’s 1000 largest Metal Traders

Dear Ms Reeves

Re: A new study has rated your company as “STRONG”

Congratulations, your company has been rated as “STRONG” in a new analysis of the UK’s 1000 largest Metal Traders. This is the highest accolade we award and reflects your excellent performance over the last 12 months.

What is more impressive is that you have achieved this in a difficult marketplace where 193 of your competitors are in financial danger and a record number are making a loss.

The Plimsoll Analysis – Metal Traders, individually assesses the 1000 companies using the proven and easy to read Plimsoll Model. The model highlights the latest performance of each company and separates those in trouble from those getting it right. You will be surprised at some of the established names that are in real jeopardy.

The report shows you instantly, where each company is strong, what weaknesses they may have and how they have performed over the last 4 years. As a result of this analysis, we are then able to provide a rating of Strong, Good, Mediocre, Caution or Danger. These ratings expose the truth behind company performance in your market.


Ms Abbie Mian

Legg Brothers Wins a Manufacturing Award

We would like to congratulate our sister company Legg Brothers for winning an Express and Star manufacturing award.

Legg Brothers situated in the Midlands are specialist hot re-rollers of small steel sections such as horseshoes, window shutter sections and lock rims for forklift trucks.  Legg's produces about 4500 tonnes per annum, of which 70% is exported to all continents of the world.

The award recognises the expertise of Legg Brothers' staff and ability to adapt in an ever changing world market.

Well done Legg Brothers Ltd!

All Steels Trading Scoops Top Business Award

 NASS News Update Issue No. 205

12 November 2010

All Steels Trading Ltd. scoops Top Business Award

Congratulations to NASS Member, All Steels Trading Ltd., who has won the regional final of the HSBC Business Thinking Competition.  All Steels picks up a £100,000 first prize, £5 million of interest free trade finance over a 3 year period and qualifies for the UK finals to be held in Hong Kong in December.

All Steels beat 200 other companies persuading the "lion’s den" judging panel that their plans to start exporting steel into Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, Germany and France was founded on sound business practices and illustrated the sort of business planning and thinking that made All Steels stand out from the rest.

Laurence McDougall (All Steels’ Managing Director) said it was a superb award not only for All Steels but for the whole UK steel stockholding industry. "We are sometimes our own worst enemy, talking things down. This award illustrates that UK steel stockholding is a world class industry with a great future and this is now recognised by the largest UK bank, HSBC."  John Thompson (All Steels’ Chairman) said "When our name was read out I nearly fell off my chair! After 39 years in the steel industry this is the first award we have ever picked up."

The award ceremony took place in the Royal Hall in Harrogate and was hosted by the ITN newsreader Mary Nightingale.  Further information about the award can be seen on the HSBC Business Thinking website.

HSBC Business Thinking - North East Regional Final

HSBC Held its North East Regional Final at the Royal Hall, Harrogate

From an overwhelming number of inspiring business thinkers who entered this initiative, 5 were selected as finalists from the North East to travel to Mexico on one of HSBC Thought Exchange trips, experiencing its business culture, economy and the opportunities it can offer.

From those 5, at the climax of the evening, HSBC announced two regional winners; who will receive up to £5 million in lending and a Financial Reward of up to £100,000. The finalists will go on to compete with the winners from 8 other UK regions to contend for the title of Overall Winner of Business Thinking 2010 at the prestigious International Insights event in Hong Kong.

All Steels Trading was victorious in this Regional Final and is looking forward to competing in the Hong Kong Final in December.

Speaking in Mexico Laurence McDougall said

"All Steels forward sells at least half of each shipment landed dockside, and plays the volatility of the markets to find buyers for the remainder. We want to sell into mainland Europe. Key target countries are Germany, The Benelux countries, France & Scandinavia."


"Britain simply can't afford to ignore the pace of globalisation and the acceleration on trade flows that are resulting from the growth in the emerging markets. Mexico is undoubtedly one of the hotspots for strong economic growth and British business will surely learn from watching how business grows in this type of environment."  

The Telegraph - HSBC Business Thinking

Laurence McDougall, Joint Owner and Managing Director of All Steels Trading, based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, buys steel from across the world and sells it mainly to stockholders and users in the UK.

Turnover is expected to double to about £33 million this year while income, combined with that from sister company Tomrods, will be about £50 million. All Steels Trading is also looking to move into Germany, France, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.

Mexico is evidently an immensely proud country that is steeped in both history and culture. Virtually all of the nationals that I have met through the Thought Exchange programme appear to be extremely forward thinking individuals who are very receptive to the idea of collaborating and working in a much more diverse manner than has historically been the case.

From a business perspective one cannot ignore that Mexico is the world’s twelfth largest economy and a country that will enjoy exceptional strong GDP growth over the coming years compared to our mature European countries. One also ought not to ignore that the labour force is in excess of 46 million, demographically young and where shop floor salaries are circa a twelfth of those seen in the UK.

From the Thought Exchange it is now very obvious to me that Mexican companies are keen to develop exports way beyond the US, which currently accounts for 80% of foreign transactions and given the low cost of Mexican manufacture, opportunities must exist to develop steel exports to Europe. All Steels Trading will therefore be exploring all such opportunities through the contacts established during the Thought Exchange programme.

As for my specific learning, the Thought Exchange programme has provided clear guidance on the practicalities of how to conduct business in Mexico. It has also provided excellent opportunity to meet very like-minded business owners and directors, top HSBC commercial executives, Mexican business owners and British Embassy Officials that collectively provided no end of good ideas, thoughts and guidance on how to assist the advancement of my own particular business here.

What can British Business learn from Mexico? Well, I believe that Britain simply can’t afford to ignore the pace of globalisation and the acceleration on trade flows that are resulting from the growth in the emerging markets. Mexico is undoubtedly one of the hotspots for strong economic growth and British business will surely learn from watching how business grows in this type of environment.

In addition to learning, it is equally important for British businesses to share part of this wealth generation. It is therefore of fundamental importance that our nation makes a deliberate entry into countries like Mexico through acquisition, partnerships or even through new start up ventures where such opportunities will naturally exist.

Listening to the owners of successful privately owned companies in Mexico also helped to reaffirm that our business was applying all the same tools and ingredients to make a successful business. The HSBC executives’ presentations provided an excellent insight into the likely advancement of both the world and UK economy.

It was also extremely interesting to hear how HSBC is looking to differentiate itself from traditional banks by providing access to its network of world branches and associated customers that could be used to provide introductions to potential worldwide suppliers and customers. Our company will certainly be tapping into this resource to assist future growth potential.