Lifting Projects UK has been successfully and safely taking the strain on behalf of our clients for over 10 years. Your trust in us is vital, so our commitment to you is 110% throughout a project, whether it’s large or small, straightforward or complex.

The Lifting Gear UK Group was founded in November 2007 and was the brainchild of Operations Director, Chris Turner. Chris’ 35 year lifting career began with Ainscough Crane Hire where he gained valuable experience from driving cranes up to 1000 tonne capacity to machinery installation and relocation. Becoming one of the first UK recognised ‘Appointed Person’ specialising in heavy & complicated lift planning.

Chris recognised a gap in the market for a quality lifting equipment supplier that not only offered the usual lifting equipment services (hire, sales, repair, inspection) but also specialised in crane and heavy equipment, offering a complete lifting service from planning to execution.

The Lifting Gear UK Group is unique. Our Lifting Projects division offers contract lifting, skilled labour, auditing and consultation, specialising in complex lifting solutions. We can plan and execute the whole lifting service and if there isn’t the equipment to accomplish your lift we’ll design and fabricate it in our ‘Steelwise’ division.

The company has grown year on year; we can now service the whole of the UK from a strong 11 branch network. We also have a training division that offers familiarisation and safe use training for all of our lifting products, and in 2017 we acquired the assets and trading name of Teesside-based lifting specialists Shaw Lifting.

We like a challenge and have the expertise to provide creative, professional solutions that will deliver your load safely and with a minimum of fuss.

We are also adaptable. Sometimes well-laid plans have to be altered once a project is underway. The secret to this is preparation plus flexible but safe thinking.

Global presence

Lifting Gear UK Group Ltd belong to the business unit Lifting Solutions within Axel Johnson International. The business group is a global player in lifting equipment, steel wire rope, height safety and services. It operates as a group of companies that supply wire rope, hoists, overhead cranes and other lifting products together with connected services. Lifting solutions has developed rapidly. Having grown from 0 to 420 MEUR in annual sales since 2005, when the first acquisition was made. Today Lifting Solutions consist of 24 market-leading companies with +100 service centers world-wide. Together, the companies serve clients in a wide range of industries, including off-shore, renewable energy, shipping, automotive manufacturing, ports, fish farming, engineering, pulp and paper, mining, and steel.

Even though Lifting Solutions has a short history the companies within the group have a long history in the business and are well known and established in their local markets. Several have even been around for more than a century. Together, they possess a vast resource of specialist knowledge in lifting and steel wire rope.

To read more about the companies in Lifting Solutions, visit

Strong owner

Lifting Gear UK Group Ltd is part of Axel Johnson International, a global industrial group that acquires and develops companies in strategically selected niche markets, primarily technical components and industrial process solutions.

The group is an active and long-term owner whose mission is to drive business development and growth. It builds and develops groups of companies with shared strategic objectives, stimulating joint initiatives and knowledge sharing. Axel Johnson International has six business groups: Driveline Solutions, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Automation, Lifting Solutions, Power Transmission Solutions and Transport Solutions. Axel Johnson International has an entrepreneurial culture where decentralised and committed leadership enables quick decisions. The group has four focus areas: digitalisation, service, sustainability and people development.

Axel Johnson International is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The group comprises 200 companies in 34 countries. Axel Johnson International is part of the Swedish family-owned corporate group Axel Johnson.


Before any given job, we will provide you and your project with Feasibility Studies, Method Statements, Risk Assessments, CAD Drawings and much more.


As well as providing you with the right kit and equipment, we also have a fully skilled workforce including Lift Supervisors, Slingers, Banksmen and Riggers.


Ranging from Transport and Jacking Equipment to Mobile Cranes and Low Headroom Gantry Systems, we have the ability to provide it all.

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