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Firm still moving on up after 6,500 lifts

Gartec install a lift at Prebendal Close - pictured is mayor Tom Hunter-Watts, left back Mat Akerman - regional sales manager, Paul Wakefield - director of Wakefield Building Services Ltd and Margaret Farrow - scheme manager

Gartec install a lift at Prebendal Close - pictured is mayor Tom Hunter-Watts, left back Mat Akerman - regional sales manager, Paul Wakefield - director of Wakefield Building Services Ltd and Margaret Farrow - scheme manager

The UK’s largest supplier of platform lifts is celebrating its 20th birthday.

Gartec Ltd, based in Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, has installed more than 6,500 lifts across the country including at Manchester United’s training complex and onboard the Cutty Sark ship.

But it is just as proud of its installments at places like the Methodist Church in Buckingham Street.

The company, which was bought by Swedish manufacturer Aritco in 2006, has 15 employees at the Smearton Close site.

They are celebrating with a trip to Windsor races in July but Gartec’s birthday fell on Saturday, with a new installment at Masonic Housing Trust with the help of mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.

Sales manager Crispin Satchell, who has been at the company for 11 years, said most of its installments are at schools, small offices and in retail.

He said: “I’ve seen it grow from a small company of just a few employees to what we are today, with 45 now across the UK.

“There have of course been changes and challenges along the way but it’s a fantastic company to work for.”

Mr Satchell said market trends suggest the next step for the company will be to do more instalments in people’s homes.

He said: “It’s a growing segment and I can see us doing quite a few soon.

“When elderly people don’t really want to move again and they’re in what is a ‘forever home’ they may need a lift, and that’s where we come in.”

 

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