About Us

A leading brand of ladders & work at height products - since 1926


Youngman Group Limited, founded in 1926 by Charles Youngman, was acquired by Werner Access Products UK Holdings in 2014 and is now part of the world's largest manufacturer of work at height equipment. In 2018, the Youngman Group Limited became Werner UK Sales & Distribution Limited.

Our strong values of Safety, Innovation, Quality, Service and Integrity has led to the Youngman brand becoming the preferred choice for trade professionals.

Our products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality and safety standards.

Our unrivalled product range includes:

     Step Ladders

     Combination Ladders

     Extension Ladders

     Loft Ladders

     Work Platforms


     Roof Ladders

     Telescopic Ranges

     Access Towers


Youngman Ladders and MiniMax Towers

Our manufacturing facilities including our Safety, Design, Technical and QA departments are based in Maldon, Essex, in the South East of England.

The site covers over 12 acres and has state-of-the-art production facilities registered to ISO 9001. Our highly skilled and trained personnel use the very latest laser cutting and robotic welding technology, while aluminium ladders are made on our fully automated ladder line.

This is all complemented by our UK warehouse and distribution depots. In addition, our highly skilled field sales teams, working across Europe, Middle East and Africa, can offer clear advice on the safest access solutions.

As part of our large portfolio of access equipment, we are also the leading provider of access towers and micro powered access. For BoSS Towers and X-Series visit our BoSS website.


WC Youngman Ltd was founded by Charles Youngman on the first day of the National Strike in 1926.

Charles Youngman died in 1967, and WC Youngman was then acquired by SGB Group PLC in 1969. Seventeen years later, SGB Group was, in turn, acquired by Mowlem PLC.

By 1992, SGB and Youngman had merged to form SGB Youngman. Five years later, SGB was re-floated by Mowlem, and then acquired by Harsco Corporation in 2000.

In October 2005, a management team bought out Youngman, backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners. The company was renamed Youngman Group Ltd.

In October 2014, Werner Access Products UK Holdings completed the acquisition of Youngman® Group Ltd. And we proud to be part of the Werner family with the worldwide resources and expertise that this brings.

In 2018, the Youngman Group Limited changed its name to Werner UK Sales & Distribution Limited.

WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of climbing products, fall protection equipment, material handling and jobsite, truck and van storage equipment. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales and distribution facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Vietnam, Russia and Europe. WernerCo’s international headquarters is in Itasca. For more information, visit our WorldWide website.

Youngman Fibreglass Ladder Worker With Wrench

Quality management

We have a total commitment to a Quality Management System which forms the framework for all company activities and processes. This approach enables us to continually improve customer satisfaction, quality and business performance throughout our organisation.

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WernerCo’s commitment to sustainability includes a complete focus on environmental, social and economic impacts of our business practices. As a business with a family-owned heritage that traces its roots back 90 years, our commitment to sustainability is more than good public relations ... its necessary to the future growth and success of our company.

We know that our customers desire quality products that are safe and manufactured in a responsible way. Our raw materials conversion and production processes are designed to reduce scrap and other negative effects from our daily business operations. Werner’s sustainable practices include:

  • Reducing waste by recycling metal and other materials used in our manufacturing processes;
  • Conserving energy by maximising the use of daylight in our warehousing facilities; and
  • Incorporating environmental, health and safety considerations into our business decision-making processes.

Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Policy

Watch What Youngman ladders go through before you even take a step on one. 

The new European EN131 ladder standards were released in January 2018. Watch how the world leader in manufacturing ladders and access equipment, WernerCo, tests ladders at their state of the art UK facility.