STAIRLIFT company Stannah's Tyneside factory is set to benefit from a contract that could be worth up to £500,000 annually with Your Homes Newcastle.
The family-run firm, which employs 125 people at its site at Newburn Riverside in Newcastle, has a signed a four- year deal to supply and install lifts for the arms-length organisation which manages local authority housing on behalf of Newcastle City Council.
Under the terms of the deal, Stannah will supply and install new lifts and also reuse stairlifts that are no longer needed in their original location, by removing, refurbishing and reinstalling them.
Patrick Stannah, a fifth-generation member of the company, which also employs 28 people at its service branch in Gosforth, said: “Our factory in Newburn produces mainly curved rails for our curved products and the factory supplies contracts all over the UK. Some of the work from that factory will be going into the Newcastle area.”
Local authority contracts make up around 60% of the company’s work and Stannah said that he was happier now than before Chancellor George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review last month.
“The news coming out regarding social care budgets is quite positive,” he said. “They promised £2bn towards social care before 2014.”
The value of the Newcastle deal will change over the lifespan of the contract. Mr Stannah said: “Local authority budgets fluctuate, depending on the priorities they have. Obviously, it depends on the number of referrals they have.” Jen Vinton, head of investment delivery for Your Homes Newcastle, said ‘We are delighted to be working with Stannah for another four years.
“The new contract arrangements will help us reduce costs and meet the needs of our customers quicker, without compromising service quality.”