Overview & History

About Us

Way back in 1965, Ben Lyon, aided by engineer brother Graham, started making caving ladders. The name 'Lyon Ladders' was registered in 1973.

In the same year Ben, with Mike Meredith, took a party of cavers to France, and called in on Fernand Petzl's 3-man workshop. Mike started imports to the UK, handing on to Ben's business in 1974, making 'Lyon' the first overseas Petzl distributor. The next move was to change our name to Lyon Equipment.

More leading Brands have been added to our portfolio. Adding staff of exceptional quality has allowed us to develop an unrivalled range of gear and techniques for tackling every type of play, work, and rescue at height. (And other places too!)

Today, with even wider scope to our activities, you may find yourself talking, under the banner of Lyon Equipment Limited, to Lyon (Manufacturing), Lyon (Outdoors), Lyon (Work & Rescue), Lyon (Training) or the Petzl UK Agency – a division of Lyon Equipment set up solely to manage the supply of Petzl product in the UK and Ireland.

. . . and after all this time we still make caving ladders!

What is Lyon Equipment Limited today?

The Company is still led by Ben Lyon acting as Chairman along with a team of Directors; Tina Benson - Financial Director, Carol Nicholls Managing Director -  Commercial, Frank Bennett - Sales & Marketing Director and Jonathan Capper Managing Director – Technical. We have a talented staff of over 80 with a wide range of skills and talents and an annual turnover in excess of £17 million.

Lyon Equipment Work and Rescue is the leading provider of training and equipment for work at height and rescue in vertical, steep and difficult-to-access environments.

Our customers include:

    -Fire & Rescue services.
    -Arborist Equipment suppliers.
    -Theatrical companies.
    -Rope Access companies.
    -Mountain Rescue teams.
    -Renewable Energy.
    -Utilities Companies.

Since our dedicated Work and Rescue department was set up in the early 1990's, we have established ourselves as an authority on working at height and rescue. In addition to equipment supply and training, we also provide a comprehensive consultancy service offering advice on all aspects of work at height.

Our Work & Rescue services include:

    -Training (including onsite, offsite and bespoke courses - please contact us to discuss your requirements).
    -Equipment sales & supply.
    -Test and research laboratory.
    -Work at height consultancy service.
    -Stretcher manufacture and servicing.

For detailed information on our outdoor brands visit lyon.co.uk/outdoor

Click to view our Health & Safety Policy, Environmental & Sustainability Policy and our Quality Policy.


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  Lyon Work And Rescue, Unit 3-7, Tebay Business Park, Old Tebay, Cumbria. CA10 3SS    Tel:+44 (0)15396 24040

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