Australians Cameron Gillespie and Lachlan Faulkner move to the UK to start Stiltz Lifts, and at the same time Peter and James Gillespie move to China to set up a factory.
The 2-person Duo Classic, the first Stiltz Home Lift model, is sold to a UK customer. The business is underway.
Reaching across the Atlantic
With home lifts gaining ground in the UK, now is the time to expand into overseas markets with the opening of their US office.
A new north of England office opens in Leeds. This office is home to the self-contained consumer sales team headed up by industry specialist, Michael Loftus.
Stiltz ships its first orders to new distributor Liftstar, the largest mobility services provider in Germany and starts to ship to France and the Netherlands.
Having outgrown their facility yet again, a new purpose-built factory is commissioned in Shanghai, China with state-of-the-art manufacturing in place from the start.
Head office relocation
The head office relocates to the West Midlands. Customer service, training and technical teams are established. The Berkshire location continues as the South of England office.
Stiltz reaches further still
More approved distributors are added in key markets in Europe as well New Zealand, India and Malaysia.
Stiltz scoops several industry awards including Team of The Year, Building and Facilities Company of the Year and importantly, achieve 7th place in the SME Export Track 100 List.
An all-new home lift
The new Duo+ Home Lift launches. Technologically and aesthetically superior to the original Classic range, this lift is also accredited to international quality and safety standards.
The team is in place
To support the board, a recruitment drive takes place and new staff and management are engaged to complete the team ready to take the business to the next level.
Bursting at the seams
Stiltz outgrows 2 out of its 3 offices. While the Wokingham team will relocate into a lovely old listed office conversion, the West Midlands Head Office are having a brand new bespoke building designed and built.
Hitting new heights
Stiltz Home Lifts introduces a 6 Metre lift travel option on the Trio+ flagship Home Lift. Homeowners who are looking for a 3-stop lift or have exceptionally high ceilings, can now specify this option.
To complement the 3 years’ worth of Fastrack awards (2018, 2019 and 2020), in the midst of Coronavirus lockdown, Stiltz is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2020. One of the highest trade accolades any UK business can receive.
Office relocation – Southern
Stiltz Commercial and Marketing departments which are based in Wokingham, Berkshire relocate to new premises, moving into the beautifully-restored, Grade II listed St Paul’s Clockhouse.
Office relocation – Midlands HQ
In July, the Stiltz Head Office relocated to a brand new, purpose built facility on the Pensnett Estate. The move enabled significant warehouse expansion, enhanced R&D space and the provision of world class offices for one of the area’s fastest growing businesses.