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Revving up accessibility in York

Disabled access was the driving force behind a leading motorcycle company’s decision to ramp up facilities at its new showroom.

It’s been a year of success for Barrie Robson Motorcycles, a well-known prestige motorcycle dealer and BMW franchise in York.

But with a newly-built premises the company needed to ensure that it gave disabled customers and staff top quality access by installing a Cibes UK lift.

Kevin Fairburn is manager and joint owner at the dealership that opened its new headquarters a year ago after 30 years in business.

He said: “As occupiers of this brand new building it was of paramount important that we ensured we were offering our disabled customers and staff the access they may require.

“But our lift also has a dual-purpose for us.

“As well as helping disabled clients access our bikes and merchandise on our second level, it also helps us transport our goods including motorbikes up there too.”

Kevin says he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cibes to other companies looking to improve disabled access to fit with legal requirements.

He said: “The lift itself is actually incredibly quiet which is not what we expected.

“The company has been fantastic in aftercare but thankfully there’s been no real need to utilise this service.

“As a business we were unsure how to navigate finding a solution of meeting legal requirements for disabled access and Cibes was quickly able to help.”

Making sure that business properties are fully compliant with the latest accessibility laws is vital.

The best practice for making a commercial or public buildings accessible is set out in legal framework, building regulations and design guidance.

Gary Sullivan, Head of Sales and Marketing at Cibes Lift UK, said: “Barrie Robson Motorcycles has looked after the welfare of its staff and visitors by making sure their access needs are catered for.

“Installing a quality and reliable lift is so important in increasing access for those who need it.”

Speak to Cibes Lift UK today about accessibility in your premises. Call 0800 085 0269 or e-mail [email protected]

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