The Company was established in 1927 by my great-grandfather, John Shields and it is still family owned today – one of the very few independent hard rock quarries left in England and one of the largest.
We employ about 120 people, some of whose forbears also worked for the Company, and we're proud of the fact that many others have been with us more than 25 years.
I hope the benefits of such independence, loyalty and cohesion are immediately apparent to our customers. Our management structure is very flat – there are no hierarchies – so that decisions are made quickly and responses to customer needs are both immediate and supremely flexible.
Above all, Longcliffe's ethos has always been customer orientated and we have two clear and important goals:
For many years we have recognised our responsibilities within the local community and to the environment in general.
The company often hosts visits by local primary and secondary schools, and is a regular venue for student groups studying geology, chemistry and environmental science from nearby Universities.
The quarrying industry has a vital role in maintaining and improving biodiversity, and Longcliffe is passionately committed to the protection of the environment. We always strive to be a good neighbour and our substantial investment in environmentally-friendly measures will ensure a lasting legacy for the benefit of the future generations.
Thank you for taking the time to visit Longcliffe’s website. I’m confident that the information presented here will leave you with a positive impression of our company and the extraordinary variety of ways our limestone products are used.