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Our History

We can trace our origins to the founding of Reliance Lift and Engineering Co in 1899, which began designing, engineering and assembling service and passenger lifts in a factory on Rawson Road, Bradford. This business was later established as Shorts (Lifts) Ltd by Reuben Watkin Short in 1945.

Like many in the UK’s manufacturing sector of that time, the manufacturing business has long since gone. What remains today is the Shorts name and a company which provides solutions for the lift industry.

Since 1984 we have been the exclusive UK agent to leading German lift manufacturer BKG (Bunse-Aufzüge GmbH). Working in partnership with the UK and Ireland’s leading lift installation companies, our well-engineered and high-quality range of BKG service and goods lifts are relied upon daily to transport food, goods, and other items between floors by many of the UK’s foremost restaurant, retail, and hospitality companies.

In recent years, we have extended our expertise into the lift industry’s modernisation and servicing markets. Working closely with leading lift equipment manufacturers DMG and Langer & Laumann, our Lift Component Division provides an array of third-party component equipment to modernise and extend the working life of any existing passenger lift. Through our Lift Spares Division, we supply thousands of essential lift spare parts from over 50 leading lift manufacturers to most of the UK’s lift servicing and maintenance companies.

We are now unique within the lift industry because we are the only lift equipment and service provider to supply products in all three new lift, lift modernisation and lift servicing sectors. This one-stop-shop approach provides lift companies with the convenience and efficiencies of only dealing with a single supplier. It enables us to forge closer relationships with our customers and offer products and services that benefit them.

Our History

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