About Us

Who we are...


The year in which we opened our first store in the Highland Capital, Inverness, which now acts as our headquarters. Since then we have grown to become Scotland's largest independent retailer in our field and now operate from seven locations.


In thirty years we have evolved into a supplier of many wonderful things. We supply both trade and retail customers alike; from hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of heavy industry equipment and consumables to the oil and gas sector worldwide, to a simple wine glass for you to relax with at home at the end of a hard day. We are an approved dealer of many of the well-known brands of power tools of which we are one of the country's largest independent distributors, our breadth of knowledge in this area is unsurpassed and we are more than happy to help if you are unsure of what power tool best suits your needs. We also supply to the catering and hotel trades throughout the U.K, so if you are looking for the very best brands in kitchen and cookware then you have come to the right place. We are delighted to offer you great value and service in the following areas:

A Family Run Business

Today, we are still run by the same family who got it all underway back then in 1984. We do not have any shareholders which allows us to remain true to our core values of putting the customer first and offering good honest value for money products with an aftersales service second to none. We are delighted to be able to extend our service and value to you through our website and invite you to Contact us with any queries you may have.

U.K and International

We deliver daily throughout the United Kingdom and routinely ship larger consignments across the world.

What you have said about us

"Great price and great service on these excellent cast iron electrodes. We are based in Devon with hundreds of welding suppliers nearer than HIS. But HIS can not be beaten on price and service."

Wayne. Classic Component Treatments, Devon

"Excellent service - ordered online at work over lunch, phone call from Inverness store half an hour later to say ready for collection. Arrived after work to be greeted with purchase. Delighted."

David Maylin

"HIS is excellent for advice , no matter what you want to know about -chainsaw scaffolding power drills etc etc etc. We are very fortunate to have a HIS near us."

Andrew T Fraser

"Excellent product! Robust, easy to move into position when empty, and a much more attractive piece of 'outside furniture' than a metal bunker. Good price compared with Amazon, and prompt efficient service from HIS. Delighted to recommend."

John Kernahan

"I am very impressed by HIS, thank you so much for the replacement elements for the fire and especially the excellent and speedy way in which you handled this matter. Thank you!"

Richard Jackson

"I actually found the website really easy to navigate and I spend far too much time online in my area of work ;)"

Martin King

"Great shop, fantastic stock and staff always helpful and cheerful - a pleasure to visit."

Carol Bulloch

"Can I just thank your staff for the excellent service received at HIS when myself and another member of staff at Charleston Academy visited recently with two pupils. We met several employees, all of whom went out of their way to give us advice as to what to buy. It is a real pleasure to meet such friendly and knowledgeable assistants, and the quickness of delivery after ordering was also very impressive. Keep up the good work."

Dave Kemp