Who are Standard Wool?

Standard Wool is a global group of companies which sources, processes and supply’s quality wool and its by-products to its worldwide customer base.

The company’s origins date back to the 18th century and they now have trading and sourcing facilities in the United Kingdom, Chile, China and New Zealand. The firm is headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.


Standard Wool is a multi-million pound group of five companies that together make up one of the world’s leading wool trading businesses. It has customer base spanning across 30 countries and specialises in sourcing, supplying and processing wools from the UK and overseas.

The company employs around 150 people across West Yorkshire and overseas locations including New Zealand, China and Chile.

In 2011, the company expanded its United Kingdom operations by moving to new headquarters in Bradford.

Management buyout

In 2005, Managing Director Paul Hughes Snr (pictured above) led a buy-out of the company, which has a turnover exceeding £50m.

In 2014, the company made three key appointments to its group board. Paul Hughes Jr became group trading director, Mark Andrews was promoted to production director and Ian Marwood joined as a non-executive director.

Company profiles

Standard Wool UK

Bradford-based Standard Wool (UK) is a multi-million pound group of companies that together make up one of the world’s leading wool trading businesses, with customers in more than 30 countries. Specialising in sourcing, supplying and processing wools from the UK and overseas, the company today employs around 150 people across the renowned textile region of West Yorkshire in the UK, and in overseas locations including New Zealand, China and Chile. Consisting of four companies in total, Standard Wool’s combined experience and expertise remains virtually unrivalled, with individual company origins dating back to the 18th century and a workforce that in some cases stretches back many generations.

Standard Wool Chile

Standard Wool Chile is the trading division of Standard Wool’s highly successful South American operation based in the Punta Arenas region of Chile. Originally Jacomb Hoare & Co, Standard Wool Chile is one of the world’s oldest and best respected wool firms with a history dating back more than 200 years, Jacomb Hoare & Co. was instrumental in establishing Punta Arenas as a key location in world wool production. Today, the company handles the trading and processing operations of Standard Wool (Chile) S.A., using its unique combination of industry experience, knowledge and influence to ensure customers enjoy the same superior products, competitive pricing and great service that helped originally establish the business.

Standard Wool NZ

Our most recent addition to the Standard Wool portfolio, Standard Wool (NZ) is the division of the business responsible for operations in New Zealand. Since its beginnings in the 1970s, the company has established an impressive foothold not only within New Zealand’s wool auction system but within the country’s wool trade as a whole. Today, Standard Wool (NZ) operates as a successful niche business employing a small but highly trained team who specialise in wool buying, wool scouring and international shipping.

Standard Wool (Nanjing, China)

Our Chinese operation in Nanjing was opened in the early 1990s, and provides a customer relations and sales office serving our Chinese client base and specialising in the Australian wool business. The office manager has more than 20 years’ experience of the wool industry.