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Family owned since 1904.

Charles Hughes, son of a small farmer on the Wild Atlantic coast, was determined to have the best and footwear when he founded his business in 1904. Over 100 years later his core principles of exceptional design, quality, value and service still apply today.


Portwest products are manufactured across Europe and in Asia. Portwest own three ultra-modern factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar, giving full control of exceptional quality, lead times and ethical sourcing. Portwest factories are Worldwide Responsible Accredited (WRAP) certified, meaning you can be assured all Portwest products are manufactured ethically and responsibly.

Full International Testing and Certification

Both Workplace Equipment Store and Portwest take safety very seriously, that’s why were members of the BSIF and their Registered Safety Supplier Scheme. All products are independently tested to the highest international standards.