UK Lift Company
Lift and Engineering Services Ltd was founded in 1982 in the Black Country, the globally recognised industrial heart of Britain. Encouraged by our loyal Clients we have driven growth in the business combined with a policy of continuous improvement which has expanded our range of services and our national reach, with 3 operating bases in London, the West and East Midlands and work spread across 23 counties.
We are a privately owned family led business employing local people at each operating base and with active apprentice and work experience schemes that have remained unaffected by global economic difficulties. Our Apprenticeships have grown in number and won awards. Key to our award winning growth and success is our confidence in the market’s reaction to investment that delivers continuous improvement in all that we do.
“Investment in people secures our sustainability and that of the local community" - David Haywood, Managing Director
We remain one of a handful of independent UK lift companies able to design and manufacture our own product. We build new lifts at our West Midlands HQ in our 25,000ft2 manufacturing plant where more than 70% of the structure of all lifts we produce are built to award winning standards. Parts that we do not make ourselves, such as control panels, drive units and door operating systems, are sourced from carefully chosen open protocol units from UK manufacturers and suppliers which conform to our stringent in-house design office specifications.
“A reliable quality lift is the sum of its quality parts” - Wayne Haywood, Production Director
To minimise the possibility of Client business interruption we also maintain a constant high value and wide ranging stock of industry standard replacement parts, including a comprehensive range of OEM components and salvaged parts. Bespoke replacement and repair items can also be designed and manufactured within hours in our manufacturing plant if required. We have specialist knowledge of working in Grade I and II listed buildings as well as petro-chemical plants where our bespoke manufacturing abilities have proven vital.
“We will provide the most cost effective quality solutions to all your vertical transport needs” - John Wilkinson, Director, New Build Lifts
A key component of our operations is our comprehensive maintenance, repair and emergency response service provided for any make of lift, escalator or hoisting equipment. We also have a specialist team of engineers who deal with mobility access equipment. This service, controlled via our dedicated in house service centre, is delivered on a 24-7-365 basis to a wide portfolio of installations and Clients, from major public sector organisations to individual domestic customers. We service over 5,000 units and are as comfortable delivering a £500 contract as our contracts of £3,000,000 and upwards. We give credit to our ever expanding loyal, long service, highly trained and multi-skilled workforce who deliver our traditional but nevertheless cost effective craftsmanship.
“Our capabilities are large enough to deliver on any size of contract – but we are still small enough to care” – Steve Smith, Service Director”
Lift and Engineering Services prides itself on its lean approach made possible by a combined resource of strong capable management integrated with dedicated operatives who are technically competent and devoted craftsmen. We are proud to boast our employee long service awards and low staff turnover. Our in-house training facilities are used for employee development as well as using external providers for qualifications, best practice awards, skills and competence development.
Our full time Health & Safety Manager is the company’s Training Officer, who has been part of our senior management team whilst we have grown to our current team of just under 100 employees. We have been ISO management system adopters for over a decade and are certificated to ISO 9001, Lift Regulations Schedule 12, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS18001 as well as being a British Safety Council member accredited to deliver their training. Our leadership, training and development have been recognised by the winning of several awards.
“2013's Distinction and 2014’s Merit awards continue our long line of 14 consecutive British Safety Council International Safety Awards” - Tony Blakemore, Health & Safety Manager
Our portfolio of approvals, registrations, memberships and awards is second to none for an SME lift company. We are approved by NHS, Network Rail, Councils and other public sector Clients. Members of our senior management team serve on committees of the industry’s leading trade body, the Lift & Escalator Industry Association.
“Our involvement in the industry’s trade association and advisory body committees gives us the edge of gaining best practice from a wide cohort of companies whilst informing us about forthcoming change and development” – Elizabeth Nicholls, Quality Manager and Female in Engineering award winner.