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Disability Access Company Secures Loan to Open a New Centre to Showcase Products

Newbury Mobility Ltd has received £75,000 from the Thames Valley Berkshire (TVB) Expansion Loan Scheme to support the opening of a new disability centre and to provide the capital to hold more stock.

The deal was handled by The FSE Group, which manages the TVB Expansion Loan Scheme on behalf of the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Newbury Mobility handles the sales, service, rental and repairs of stair lifts for domestic properties. The company will soon be opening a disability centre at its premises in Berkshire where customers will be able see demonstrations of stair lifts, floor lifts and step lifts, all geared towards making it possible for the domestic user to stay in their own home. It is also exploring partnerships with other disability providers, for example providers of wet rooms and modified kitchens, to display their products in the showroom.

The company is also looking to expand into the commercial market this year by supporting the 43,000 local businesses who are legally required to provide equal access. For businesses that are open to the public, receive external visitors, and any business that has employees, renting a low-cost and sustainable stair lift is a simple way to comply with the Equality Act. Another source of expansion is through contracts with local councils to fit stair lifts to their properties.

Avril Quince, Director of Newbury Mobility, commented: “We are very grateful for this TVB loan, which will support the development and growth of our disability centre showroom. The centre will allow customers, including medical professionals and commercial businesses, to see, try and educate themselves on the different options available to them. Our aim is always to seek equal access for disabled people and to support our customers’ preference to remain in their own homes, which is also the cheaper option compared to assisted living or care homes.”

Phil Greenwood, Investment Manager for The FSE Group, added: “Newbury Mobility has a very strong management team with David’s 30 years of experience in the sales and servicing of stair lifts and Avril’s 20 years of business development. We are confident the launch into the commercial sector will allow the company to expand across their local area. The new showroom will be a huge benefit to the business, in terms of increased sales and awareness, and to the customers who use it and feel assured they have made the right choices for their circumstances.”

TVB Expansion Loan Scheme is part of TVB Funding Escalator, an £11.3m initiative funded by the Berkshire LEP. The Escalator, which also includes a Trade Finance Loan Scheme and a Growth Equity Fund, provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding between £50,000 and £300,000 for activities that will deliver high-growth and employment opportunities.

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