Goodbye Hilly Billy – Pete Hill retires.

The end of a legend!

After a paltry 50 years in the industry Pete Hill has finally called it a day!

Starting out his career in 1963 at Spartan Steels as a trainee metallurgist Peter went on to qualify as Associate of Institute of Metallurgy.

Having qualified as a metallurgist in 1975 he immediately took a job as a salesman for RGB (Then R G Brown), working under the draconian management regime of our own lovable Chris Price. Not a marriage made in heaven.

As it soon became apparent that Peter was far too nice to sell to anyone and should have stayed in metallurgy a very wise decision was made to transfer his technical skills into setting up a very efficient QA department.

In 1993 he was on the move again. This time to Avesta Stainless working as QA manager within the newly set up projects department run by yours truly. (Well I had to find someone to sort out all of those data books required by the contractors). Pete took to it like a duck to rock climbing!

We had many a great time travelling around Europe carrying out supplier Kick off project meetings and getting royally pissed at every opportunity. (Boy can this guy drink!!)

His next move was in 2004 to Metalfin as their new QA manager, taking full responsibility for the group quality control in tubular and flat products.

Pete Hill at Stock Services

Fortunately for the health of the industry Pete decided that work was getting in the way of his two great loves, drinking and regular cruising around the world with his wife, the lovely Jane, so in 2007 he decided to go part time as QA consultant to Stock Services. A job he has carried out with great commitment and the necessary patience to cope with our quirky way of doing things.

His last role for us was to amazingly manoeuvre us through our latest Lloyds audit, a herculean feat!

I am sure, like us here at Stock Services everyone who has had the great privilege of working with Peter will want to wish him all the very best for the future.

In honour of his great services we have awarded him the honorary position of first on list at all future company evenings (piss ups)

If anyone would like to send him any wishes you can do so by posting a comment on this blog

Image of Pete Hill - stock services QA 2007-2014
Pete Hill – The ‘last free cup’ of Stock Services tea in hand!

Fantasy League 2014 & PN16 Flanges

It’s getting tight at the top!

With only a few game weeks to go in the annual Stock Services fantasy league, it is getting very tight at the top of the table.

As of 24th March 2014 James Street of Midsteel has taken a 1 point lead ahead of last years bottom placed finisher Andrew Charlesworth of Berkeley Stainless and 2010-2011 winner John Smith of ASD. Still within touching distance is 2011-2012 & 2012-2013 winner Norman Lester of HPF Energy Services.

Very close behind the lead four are a number of others including YSL’s Tony Smith and SPI’s Matt Stapleton. Good luck to all in the run in to the season!

Last years fantasy league winner Norman Lester, and guests including Flow Technology, T Allen and Alexander Comley joined us at the races on the 14th March 2014. We had a great day out in the sunshine at Cheltenham racecourse with plenty of winners and places alike. We wish the challengers for this years title good luck.

For information on our competition check out our blog page here.

Image of 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup racecourse - 10 minutes to the off!
2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup – 10 minutes to the off!


New products in stock – PN16 EN Flanges

PN16 flanges are now in stock at Stock Services UK. A full range of Slip on and Blind EN1092-1 flanges in grades 304/L and 316/L are shown here on our website. Try us out for all your enquiries.

Remember also, that we carry a full range of ASTM flanges.

We also can quickly manufacture and freight large ASA and EN flanges directly from our mills in China on short lead times of 15/25 days. This can often save you both time and cost, so please send us your enquiries for all large stainless steel flanges to


Thanks for reading, good luck to the competition entrants, and keep those flange enquiries flooding in 🙂

PN16 Flanges

New Stock Arrives

We have mentioned it on a number of occasions, but our first batch of PN16 Flanges has arrived into our UK stock.

As requested by a number of our customers we have put in Slip on and Blind PN16 flanges in both grades 304/304L and 316/316L. Our range begins at 1/2 NB and runs through to 8 NB.

As with all our products, you can view our full range on our website and request a quotations online. We also have the ability to manufacture and airfreight all types of flanges including PN16 (PN16 are now superseded by EN1092-1) up to and including 60 NB in our standard range. We can offer special flanges up to 160 NB (approximately 13ft) and up to 4 Metric Tonnes on quick lead times of between 10-25 days ex mill in a variety of grades.

To see our range of 304/304L PN Flanges click here.

To see our range of 316/316L PN Flanges click here.

The last box of PN16 Flanges goes into stock!
The last box of PN16 Flanges goes into stock!

Charity fundraiser – The 2014 Scumrun

Stock Services along with RS Motors and Rippedbody will be taking part in the 2014 Scumrun. To donate please click here, or for more details see our charity page which includes details of the event, how to follow our progress, and most importantly how you can donate to the charity Tommy’s. Tommy’s do excellent work researching and providing free information about the problems related to pregnancy and child birth.

The Stock Services Scumrun Chariot - The Laguna
The Stock Services Scumrun Chariot – The Laguna

Coming soon – Welded butt weld fittings!

We will soon be taking delivery of our initial stock of stainless steel WELDED butt weld fittings. After selling solely SEAMLESS butt weld fittings since 2008 we have decided that to compliment our growth into the ASA and EN Flange markets, we need to stock welded fittings. Our range will include 90 Long Radius Elbows, Equal Tees and Concentric Reducers from 1 NB up to and including 8 NB in grades 304/L and 316/L.

We will continue to sell only to UK Traders and Stockists, so you can be confident that we will not sell directly to YOUR CUSTOMERS.