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The Wilton Family Crest

Ilderton Station, Wooler, Northumberland, NE66 4PH, United Kingdom

Tel.  +44 1668 217900

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Ilderton Station closed in 1953 - this was the last train.

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Ilderton Station today - where we our offices are situated.

Established in the UK in 1963


IWF  Ltd has been in business since 1963 and have developed a range of specialist divisions.

These divisons are each seen as leading experts in their fields.


A Brief History of IWF Ltd.

My name is Neil Wilton.

IWF Ltd was formed on the 17th of December 1963, representing Ian Wilton Family as a private company. It was formed to allow family interests to be developed. At the time my Father, Ian Wilton, was a director of Renwick Wilton & Dobson Ltd - a large group who were involved in shipping, importation and other ventures.

One trading activity Ian developed around 1970 was to import magnesium carbonate powder into the UK. This was operated as one of many return cargoes, to utilise the returning ships. Whilst selling this “chalk” to various gymnasiums, he started making gymnastic handguards. Ian had listened as his customers explained they had difficulty finding this equipment. IWF continue to listen to their customers today and are always looking to provide solutions and innovate.

Sadly Ian Wilton died in October 1994 when I, Neil, who was involved in other developments within IWF, took over the business. Neil is familiar with the gymnastics side and picked up and carried on developing the Gymnastic business.


Today the gymnastics market is much more competitive and IWF have re-aligned their product range to ensure customisation is offered. This means that many products have individual sizing, meaning better fitted equipment, which is therefore safer.

The whole marketing emphasis is now on safety and our ability to help gym coaches and facility managers satisfy their “Duty of Care” to their customers.
We design, manufacture & sell gymnastic equipment to gymnasts all over the world and are the UK’s largest company in this niche. IWF are the only manufacturer in the world offering bespoke sizing with gymnastic handguards. We are also the UK distributors for the US based Alpha Factor leotard range.

IWF also ran “The Stained Glass Centre” in Newcastle upon Tyne from 1987 for 14 years. The objective was to be manufacturing and selling stained glass tools, together with supplying materials and equipment locally. We started craft classes to develop the customer base and recruited local craftsmen to do restoration work when it occurred. Since that time IWF has been involved in thousands of projects, new stained glass, restorations and refurbishments. We have over the years worked with many major authorities including the V&A Museum, Glasgow’s Burrell Museum, the National Trust and many others.

Today we manufacture specialist stained glass display systems for museum use, fitting out two galleries for the V&A Museum as a major project.
Currently IWF are the suppliers of choice in this niche market for UK and some overseas museums.

My son, Andy Wilton, is an experienced film producer/director and operates his film production company through IWF trading as Once upon a Tyne Productions. Once upon a Tyne have produced multiple DVD releases and their corporate work includes clients such as Nike, ASDA, Orange and Mitre.

Today IWF have 8 staff and are experienced at target marketing and sales for niche products. Our home and offices are based in Northumberland within a converted railway station.

Our factory facility is close by, where all our own-brand manufacturing and testing is carried out. IWF use a blend of modern computerised equipment, traditional hand skills and lots of love.

Our commitment to our customers, innovation, growth and enterprises with new partners, help guide us in exciting directions.