Lift supplier Olympic Lifts, based in Lisburn, near Belfast, has said it is on the cusp of “cross border expansion”, during a business engagement visit from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee.
John Patterson, managing director of Olympic Lifts, said the company had taken a cautious approach to its growth strategy, concentrating its 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, it has invested in improving business quality systems, completing ISO 9001 in 1995 and attained accreditation for ISO 14001 & 18001 in 2017.
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.
Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Tim Morrow said that the 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.”