During this time the company has helped thousands of people around the UK regain their independence through its range of bespoke wheelchair accessible vehicles and exceptional customer care.
Lewis Reed was incorporated in 1999 having previously been trading since 1993 as part of Lewis Reed Motor Dealer Group and conversions were initially carried out in a small unit behind the dealership. In the same year, the company moved to larger premises in Birkenhead before relocating to its current factory in 2003. The company employs 50 people and to date has completed approximately 10,000 conversions.
Over the last two decades, Lewis Reed has led the way in wheelchair accessible vehicles by continually developing new solutions through its ongoing investment in research and development. This has been acknowledged with numerous awards including recent recognition as a select official Volkswagen WAV converter in the UK. To achieve this certification, Lewis Reed had to meet VW’s stringent commercial and technical standards – all of which they passed with flying colours. Lewis Reed has also been presented with Motability’s prestigious ‘Best Supplier Award’ in recognition of its innovative approach and outstanding customer service which is something everyone working within the business is extremely proud of.
Managing Director, Peter Scullion, commented: “I have always firmly believed that the vehicle should fit the person, as opposed to the person fitting the vehicle. Every member of the Lewis Reed team is acutely aware that a converted vehicle is not just a means of transport but a lifeline to ensuring independence for the wheelchair user along with their family and friends. This ethos is still at the core of our business.”
The research and development team at Lewis Reed continually looks for new and innovative ways to add customer value and new advances in technology which can be developed and added to its range of vehicle solutions. A prime example of this is the recently launched unique Sure-Fit 200® – a wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraint system which adds more comfort and safety for the wheelchair user. In addition to the Sure-Fit 200®, Lewis Reed has developed a specially designed flat floor, available on the VW T6 vehicles, to provide the wheelchair user with a better line of vision. The new wider flared floor and ramp ensures the wheelchair user can be easily manoeuvred into the correct wheelchair position once in the vehicle.
Over the years, the company’s vehicle portfolio has grown and now offers the most luxurious and advanced wheelchair accessible vehicles on the market.
The most recent additions to the range include their new Transfer to Drive SEAT Alhambra wheelchair accessible vehicle and their Mercedes-Benz V-Class Grande which now features a discreet higher roof and integrated roof scoop to provide extra entrance and internal height for wheelchair and powerchair users.
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