Stannah’s joint chairmen, Brian and Alan Stannah, have both won MBEs in recognition of their services to British Manufacturing.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list was released as the mobility supplier celebrates its 150th year of trading. The brothers have worked together for 54 years and transformed the business into a household name after turbulent business in the 1960s.
Brian and Alan Stannah were behind Stannah’s stairlift which has now sold 600,000 units worldwide since its launched in the 1970s. The brother also developed the Maxilift range of passenger lifts which have since become a core part of the business.
Stannah now operates in 40 countries worldwide and employs almost 2,000 people, having generated around £3.5bn of turnover under the brothers’ stewardship.
Over the past 50 years the brothers have also donated their time and considerable sums to charitable causes such as Icknield Special School in Andover, Alton College’s Building Futures Fundraising Appeal, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Riding for the Disabled and The Prince’s Trust.
“We are deeply humbled to be the recipients of such an honour. A steadfast commitment to innovation, quality and customer service has been the guiding principles of our family business and are as relevant today as they were when we joined the business. Our hard working and loyal colleagues have been integral to upholding these values over the years, and to them we are truly grateful,” commented the brothers.
Meanwhile, Jon Stannah, managing director of Stannah and Brian’s son, added: “Stannah this year celebrates its landmark 150th year thanks to the entrepreneurialism and dedication of our joint chairmen, Brian and Alan. Their MBEs are richly deserved and we are tremendously proud of their incredible achievements, both today and over the course of their 50 plus years with the business.”