About Hobbyweld

Gas Direct Ltd, Newcastle – Formerly Dixons of Westerhope Ltd which was established in 1978. Are one of the largest gas suppliers in the North East of England and Scottish Borders, offering a wide range of gas mixes to all customers from industrial use to pubs and clubs.

After several years of supplying large industrial gases to our customers, we discovered a need for a rent-free cylinder for the light, occasional user. Following this, we started to supply the 9 litre Hobbyweld cylinder you see today.

Responding to demand, Hobbyweld was launched nationally in April 2011 to cater for the DIY user who could not financially justify renting gas cylinders. Our range initially included 10 professional gas mixes and a core range of welding consumables. We have continued to grow throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland offering gas cylinders at affordable prices with no rental charges.

In early 2013, we invested heavily in our fill plant to increase its production capacity and give security of supply for our customers.

In the constant pursuit of improving our product, the 10th of March 2014 saw Dixons of Westerhope Ltd approved by the Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to ISO 9001 Quality Management System Standards – covering the blending and supply of bottled industrial and beverage gases and the supply of welding equipment and associated consumables.

August 2014 marks the introduction of our ULTRA gas cylinder range, the largest nationally available rent-free gas cylinder on the UK market.

Throughout the beginning of 2016, we invested a large fund towards introducing a second filling plant which has allowed us to double productivity levels meaning a seamless delivery to all agents and customers alike.

In 2019, the launch of the +PLUS cylinder will increase the Hobbyweld core range to 3 different size options, giving our customers versatility throughout the range.

Our Team Managers

Craig Cheesman - Sales Manager

Craig Cheesman

Sales Manager

Gemma Melvin

Customer Services Supervisor
John Holmes - Marketing Manager

John Holmes

Marketing Manager