British Homelifts, a trading name of Britannia Homelifts Ltd., has had some bad press over the last few months. As such, it’s no great surprise that the company is being wound up. Leonard Curtis, a business recovery group, has been appointed as liquidator, and issued the following statement:
The company and its director took the decision to place the company into liquidation as a result of decreasing sales and the loss of an essential contract. The joint liquidators will be updating creditors in due course.”
Britannia has been around for years, and traded under a number of different names. According to a member of the lifts sector, one of those names is Churchill Stairlifts Plc – run by Craig Paterson, who has been director at a number of companies that went on to dissolve or liquidate.
British Homelifts made the news at the end of 2017, when it left a customer without a lift for three months – despite having paid an £8,000 deposit for a reconditioned lift. Eventually, attention from the Lancaster Guardian saw the company promise to install a new lift at no extra cost.
Chances are, it’s not an isolated incident. Recently, a convent was “let down” when a company (alleged to be British Homelifts) that took its deposit failed to provide what was promised. On that occasion, Platinum Stairlifts got involved and saved the day.
This story should serve as yet another warning about making sure that the company you entrust your health needs to can live up to its promises. Don’t take their word for it – dig a little deeper. At Shire, we’re proud to offer a reliable, trustworthy, and transparent business – but we don’t expect you to forgo due diligence.
That’s why we’re meticulous about meeting accreditation standards both as a healthcare provider (through the British Healthcare Trades Association) and a business (through the Chartered Trading Standards Institute). Don’t accept anything less – your health, wealth, happiness, and wellbeing are too important!