Olympic Lifts elevated to new heights
February 9, 2018
Olympic Lifts is on the cusp of an exciting cross border expansion, it announced during the latest business engagement visit from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee.
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tim Morrow said, “This visit to Olympic Lifts has revealed another hidden gem in Lisburn’s business landscape. With a workforce of 33 employees, this family owned business has gone from strength to strength since it was established, winning business from both the public and private sectors.”
Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “Visits to local businesses are an important and informative element of Committee activity. During this meeting it was useful to learn about how the stair lift product which Olympic Lifts manufactures can have a positive impact on quality of life and independence for so many people. It’s fantastic that a local company produces such an important piece of equipment.”
John Patterson, Managing Director of Olympic Lifts, expanded, “We’ve taken a cautious approach in our growth strategy, concentrating our efforts equally in terms of new sales and support services in both the public and private sectors. Business contracts we have recently won include the supply and maintenance of elevators for Applegreen, Costa Coffee, Remus Uomo and Eurospar franchises. In addition to this, we are the sole island of Ireland distributor for Stannah Stairlifts.
We also fit and supply home lifts and stairlifts for various Health Care Trusts along with a significant number of larger commercial elevators to schools and colleges for the N.I. Education Authority.”
“In 2017, we also began investigations into cross border expansion with the market in the Republic of Ireland demonstrating a need for our expertise. The senior team and I are still working out the most efficient operating model for such an expansion but we envisage this will lead to the creation of new engineering roles.”
Since the company was established in 1985, we’ve invested significantly in improving business quality systems, completing ISO 9001 in 1995 and going the extra mile by attaining accreditation for ISO 14001 & 18001 in 2017. We also invest significantly in our engineers, putting them through a rigorous training regime and supporting them to complete NVQs as part of their apprenticeships and further technical development.”
Olympic Lifts was established in 1985 on Great Northern Street, Belfast with warehousing on Boucher Road. In 1998 with growth in business, the company built bespoke premises and moved to Lissue Walk, outside Lisburn.