Safety step van provider Handistep under new ownership

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Harry Bradshaw and Martyn Reeves are the new joint owners of commercial vehicle safety step supplier Handistep.

According to the new owners, it is business as usual for the Hampshire firm and its customers.

The company launched in 2001 and its range includes steps for panel vans and box-bodied vehicles, which are now high on the list of vehicle specification priorities for many major fleets.

The change in ownership has secured the future of Handistep and its staff, as well as guaranteeing on-going service to new and existing customers.

Continuity is assured by Harry Bradshaw’s involvement – he has been a director of the company since day one and also runs Ringwood-based engineering firm Walker Scott, which manufactures Handistep’s products along with electrical wiring harnesses.

Martyn Reeves, meanwhile, is a director of commercial vehicle dry freight bodybuilder Bevan Group, based in Halesowen, West Midlands, and brings a wealth of industry experience and contacts to the new venture.

They are joined by Ken Brewis, who has taken on the role of sales and technical director.

The company’s steps are manufactured to stringent ISO 9001 (2008) standards and offer 1,000 hours of salt spray suppression – twice the industry standard.

They are also capable of protecting vehicles by absorbing low-speed impacts.

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