Our History

Exceeding customer expectations for over 100 years, we’re a family business steeped in history and a proud market leader in the sale, hire and conversion of shipping containers.

The S Jones Story

Explore over 100 years of heritage and leading customer service.

1914 – The Beginning of S Jones Containers

In 1914 Samuel ‘Sammy’ Jones became a Haulage Contractor in Aldridge, just north of Birmingham and transported his first consignment, reputedly cases of crockery, from Aldridge railway station by horse and cart to the local ‘Manor House’.

Sammy Jones Haulage Contractor 1914
1920 – The First Motor Lorry

By 1920, he had acquired his first motor lorry, a Thornycroft, and by 1936 was operating 2 lorries.

1936 – Expansion Leading To Our Shipping Container Services

His Son, Edward Jones, took over the business in 1936; he formed S Jones (Aldridge) Ltd, and over the course of the next 25 years built up a large fleet of tipper lorries operating throughout the UK which later diversified into general haulage.

1936 – Business Relocation

During this time the business moved from central Aldridge to its present location in Anglian Road, Aldridge.

Drone Photo Of Entire Storage Depot
1962 – Progressing The Family Business

Edward’s son, Michael joined the family business in 1962, and under his fathers’ leadership they progressed the business. They became Main Distributors for ERF Trucks and operated the first HGV driver training school in the country.

1970 – The Container Revolution

The container revolution commenced in the UK around 1970 and our general haulage fleet developed into container transport; this led us to become one of the largest Shipping Container Depots in the Midlands storing, repairing and maintaining many thousands of shipping containers every year, an activity which continues today.

Drone Picture Of Storage Site From Above
1970s – Tanker Trucks and Freight Forwarding

During our years in transport we operated a freight forwarding and consolidation service. S Jones became a market leader in bulk tankers transporting hazardous liquids throughout Europe.

1976 – Container Depot – Saudi Arabia

Our container depot and transport company opened in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; after operating for 22 years this was sold to a Saudi owned company in 1998. Andrew Jones’s first position in our family business was with Trans Arabia in Jeddah.

1999 – Consolidation of The Family Business

In the mid 1990’s new premises for the ERF Truck distributorship opened in Westgate, Aldridge; However, this, and the economic climate at the time, led to the consolidation of the family business in 1999 to the Container Depot Company in Anglian Road.

1999 – Andrew Jones, Director of S Jones Containers

In 1999, Andrew Jones was appointed a Director.

Andrew Jones - Company Director Portrait
2000 – Expansion Into Other Allied Fields

Since 1999 the original Shipping Container Depot business, S Jones Containers Ltd, has expanded into other allied fields; we are now one of the country’s leading Retailers and Hirers of Shipping Containers. Our Container Conversion business offers specialist container modifications for varied uses and our self storage business U Can Store It Self Storage, which was established in 2000, has extensive facilities at Aldridge and West Bromwich.

2007 – Installation of Spray Booth

In 2007, our spray booth was installed to massively improve paint finish quality.

paint booth re-sized
2008 – Management Changes

In 2008, Andrew Jones and Michael Jones became joint Managing Directors and Jill Buckland became Company Secretary.

2011 – 3D CAD Modelling

In 2011, we moved from 2D to 3D CAD modelling to help with bespoke conversion quality.

CAD Of A Container Home With Stairs
2013 – Office Expansion

We expanded our office to cope with the growth in both Conversions and Sales.

2014 – Further Management Changes

Michael Jones became Chairman of S Jones, Jill Buckland became Director. Andrew Jones continues as Managing Director.


2015 – 100 Years of Operation

Since 2015, the Management Board of the Company consists of Michael Jones as Chairman of the Company, Andrew Jones, Managing Director and Jill Buckland, Director. Following its’ 100th year of trading the ‘Sammy Jones’ family business continues to flourish. We continue to exceed our customer’s expectations for service and cost.

Team On Forklift
2015 – ISO9001 Quality Certification

We proudly gained the ISO9001 registration in 2015. We operate with formal processes and constant improvement ensuring complete customer satisfaction.


2015 – Hire Fleet Achievement

In 2015 with the help of our growing loyal customer base we surpassed the “1000 containers on hire” milestone over a year ahead of our goal.

Grey 20ft Container For hire
2016 – New U Can Store It Website Launches

In Jan 2016, we re-launched our U Can Store It Self Storage website.


See what our customers say about us!

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27th May 2022

We dealt with leanne, and found her to be very help with good communication. The container arrived exactly as we wanted. Thankyou

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27th May 2022

Lorna and the team supplied a great service from start to finish. I made several enquiries with a few so called suppliers on line "Ebay and the likes" all turned out to be fraudsters. I turned to S Jone as they are a company with a pedigree second to none,been about years in the transport and container sector. I actually attended there training school back in the day for various courses. If on line it looks too good to be true keep away,pay a little more money for a first class service from a company that delivers. I highly recommend S Jones for all your container requirements. Top service from Lorna and the team, Thankyou.👍

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26th May 2022

great communication throughout thank you

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