Commercial vehicle safety step supplier Handistep is under new ownership – but it’s business as usual for the Hampshire firm and its customers.
Harry Bradshaw and Martyn Reeves are the new joint owners of the company, which has been a leader in the rear step sector since it was launched in 2001.
Ringwood-based Handistep enjoys an enviably strong reputation as a supplier of innovative rear safety step systems to light commercial vehicle operators. 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 ongoing 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 leading 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 & 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.