Supporting the UK industrial sector

With four decades in the industry under our belt, we know that installing lifts for the industrial sector comes with certain considerations and requirements. We appreciate the lifts in operation will need to be heavy-duty and withstand frequent use which is why we ensure the lifts we design are of the highest quality. We work with suppliers to ensure the materials we use are sturdy and durable so you are able to transport heavy-duty items across your factories and warehouses.

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When it comes to industrial lift installation, you can count on Sheridan Lifts to provide you with bespoke industrial lifts to suit your business needs. If you are a business owner in the industrial sector with factories or warehouses of multiple floors, our wide range of lift products can ensure the safe and efficient transportation of heavy loads, stock, and materials.

Our most popular industrial lifts include:

  • Service lifts
  • Platform lifts
  • Passenger lifts
  • Goods lifts

As a leading UK lift provider with years of experience, you can trust Sheridan Lifts with your next industrial lift project!


Picking the right industrial lift for you

Businesses in the industrial sectors need to be able to transport heavy-duty goods, therefore it is imperative for all industrial companies to have a full-scale service lift provider who is able to install a wide range of lifts. At Sheridan Lifts we provide a high-quality installation and maintenance service and support companies in the industrial sector in their endeavours. Some of the lifts we would recommend for the industrial sector include:

Service Lifts

Used by food production plants, warehouses and storage facilities, among others, service lifts are an integral part of industrial businesses’ day to day operations.

We work in conjunction with our suppliers to ensure each lift is designed to your specifications. From dumbwaiter lifts to large scale lifts, our project managers and engineers work closely with you to create a service lift to help boost your productivity and efficiency. If you have specific requirements you would like to meet or a specific design in mind our team can work with you to create a bespoke lift.

All our service lifts meet the necessary regulations from manual handling regulations to the industry health and safety regulations ensuring the safety and longevity of our lifts. You can discover more about our service lifts here.


Platform Lifts

If you are struggling for space a platform lift could be the option for you. Often used for making the building more accessible for visitors and employees, service lifts can also be designed to transport goods.

There are many advantages of installing a platform lift, they are able to carry heavy loads while being energy efficient. They are also a safe way to transport goods in buildings where there are plenty of stairs as it allows employees to transport goods without the need for taking the stairs.

At Sheridan Lifts, we use three main types of drive systems when we install our lifts. The most durable is the encapsulated chain drive system. With a longer warranty time, it is designed with a driveshaft which rotates while pushing chains from floor to floor depending on your desired location.

Contact a member of our team today to find out more about the different drives and discuss the best platform lifts for you.

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Passenger Lifts

One of the more common types of lift, passenger lifts are used across a myriad of industries from the healthcare industry to the commercial industry, we design passenger lifts our customers can rely on. Created to transport visitors and employees from one floor to another, passenger lifts come in a range of different sizes and can hold up to thirty people.

When it comes to creating your lift, there are 25 standard lift sizes and layouts you can choose from. This allows you to handpick a lift that fits in your desired location. If you have specific specifications and design in mind, our project manager and engineer will sit down with you and discuss this with you allowing us to design you a bespoke lift model.

Durable, our passenger lifts are built to last for years, making them a great option to help visitors and employees move with ease and work in an effortless and productive manner. Interested in learning more? Find out more about our passenger lifts here.

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Goods Passenger Lifts

From large tools to manufacturing materials, warehouses and construction sites need to transport goods from the delivery area to the correct floor. This is where installing a goods passenger lift may be the right move for your business. 

Installing a goods passenger lift allows you to transport equipment and users without having to compromise on space. With goods passenger lifts you can combine transporting goods with a passenger lift saving room and the need for multiple lifts. The added benefit of a goods passenger lift is the assurance the materials will remain in pristine condition while in transit.

Wondering if the goods passenger lift is right for you? Book a consultation with a member of our team and discover the right lift for you.

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What Type of Businesses Can Benefit from Industrial Lifts?

A variety of businesses can benefit from industrial lifts. In particular, businesses who use industrial buildings, whether that is a factory or goods warehouse where there is more than one level to the building, would benefit most from installing industrial lifts.

Whilst the majority of businesses may require standard passenger lifts that simply carry customers or employees to different floors, industrial businesses will more likely need a goods lift that is able to transport equipment between floors.

In terms of business types, here are a few examples of businesses where industrial lifts are appropriate:

  • Manufacturing

In industrial settings, a first-class service lift is definitely something that is compulsory to help transport appliances between floors. Service lifts simply move goods and are ideal for moving both light and heavy loads.

In manufacturing factories, service lifts can be extremely useful for the transport of goods and materials in bulk. There are different types of service lifts available, so there will certainly be a service lift that is suitable for your industrial business.

  • Warehouses

Inside warehouses, you may find one particular type of industrial lift — dumbwaiter lifts that can move loads between floors. Dumbwaiter lifts are unable to hold and lift people, so they are only used to transport light goods.

Our dumbwaiters are able to carry loads of 50kg to 100kg, making it an ideal lift for warehouses (as well as restaurants) with limited space but that still need efficient transport of goods.

  • Construction

For construction businesses, cargo lifts are a common type of industrial lift. Cargo lifts are an excellent way to transport heavy construction materials from one floor to another.

  • Non-Industrial Businesses

Any business where goods and loads need to be transported from one area to another – for example, from a delivery area to the stockroom on different floors – requires a goods passenger lift.

Particularly for businesses who receive a lot of deliveries, this type of lift is applicable for both industrial and non-industrial businesses in commercial buildings. For instance, a shopping centre would also benefit from a passenger goods lift.

How Often Should an Industrial Lift Be Inspected?

To ensure the smooth running of industrial lifts in your building, and to prioritise the safety of passengers and the handling of goods, your industrial lifts should be inspected regularly. In fact, regular maintenance and servicing can help prevent lift breakdowns and the need for a lift repair.

According to Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), lifts should be inspected and examined every 6 or 12 months. For a goods lift, for example, this means 6 months, particularly if the goods are being transported by a person.

This inspection should be carried out by a qualified professional – someone with the relevant training, experience, and knowledge – that is able to adequately assist you in ensuring that any elevators within your building meet the health and safety requirements.

All types of lifts require maintenance, no matter if you have a scissor lift or a regular lift.

At Sheridan Lifts, our team of highly trained and competent engineers can help you with this. We supply maintenance and servicing contracts, as well as a lift repair service should you ever find yourself with a broken lift.


How Much Does an Industrial Lift Cost?

The cost of an industrial lift is dependent on a number of factors including size, type of lift, features, weight capacity, distance of travel, and any additional features. As there are many types of industrial lift that can be installed, there is no standard cost. 

At Sheridan Lifts, we’ll help you to determine the right type of lift for your business. Once we understand all your restrictions and requirements, we will be able to provide you with a comprehensive quote and plan of action to getting it safely installed. 

Find out more about how our installation process works here.

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The Advantages of Industrial Lifts

If you are wondering whether industrial lifts are a good fit for your business, you should take into consideration that they also come with a myriad of benefits. They are an investment that is definitely worth the money, especially if you require the lifting of both heavy and light loads between different storeys. 

So, if you are still undecided, what are the advantages of industrial lifts that you should look into?


Looking to reduce your business’ carbon footprint? Look no further than Sheridan Lifts’ lineup of energy-efficient industrial lifts. Every lift that we install is fitted with energy-saving features that minimise carbon emissions and contribute to more sustainable business practices.

Such features include:

  • LED lighting – low-energy consumption compared to other lighting such as fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lights
  • Stand-by mode – hibernates when not in use, saving energy
  • Regenerative drive systems – recovers energy, feeding it back into the network

You will find that our energy-saving lifts are BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) compliant, potentially saving you money in the long run should you wish to invest in one.

With growing concerns and tensions surrounding climate change and global warming, there is increased pressure on companies to become more sustainable. By implementing sustainable industrial lifts (that are BREEAM rated), you are already a step ahead in helping your business become more environmentally friendly.


The industrial sector is as busy as it gets in terms of footfall, so when it comes to business efficiency, this can instantly be improved with the installation of industrial lifts to help move goods. Not only is this a faster method than having personnel carry goods up and down the stairs, but it is also a much safer one too.

Industrial lifts such as a trolley lift are able to hold up to 300kg and travel as far as up to six floors. Keep in mind, however, that trolley lifts operate slower than a normal lift. Nonetheless, they are a cost-effective alternative if you only need to move goods of up to 300kg.

For materials or goods of heavier loads, a heavy-duty lift is the better option. Particularly, cargo lifts and mezzanine lifts are commonly seen in spacious warehouses and factories, built for lifting heavy goods.

Cargo lifts are able to move crates, trolleys, and even pallets between floors at a time-efficient rate.

Accidents and injuries may occur when manually handling goods between floors, but industrial lifts can help mitigate these risks. Especially for heavier loads, industrial lifts are great for prioritising the safety of workers.

As the building owner, you are responsible for the safety of any persons within the building, regardless of whether they are a customer or an employee. To safely move goods in buildings of multiple storeys without causing harm to others, investing in industrial lifts is absolutely crucial.

When used correctly and with proper (and regular) maintenance, industrial lifts are a safe and reliable means of transporting goods.

As mentioned previously, industrial lifts can help improve efficiency, which in turn can boost overall productivity as well. In particular, as materials are being moved at a quicker rate, this means that more tasks (that require the use of such materials) can be completed faster too.

As a result, this positively impacts business productivity and contributes to organisational success. Employees no longer have to worry about carrying heavy goods by themselves, so you can also expect a boost in employee satisfaction.

As employees are happier, and therefore more motivated, they will also become more productive at work. One study by Oxford University even found that happy employees are 13% more productive.

With the link between productivity and happiness indicated in research, it would not be surprising if you decide to install an industrial lift to help improve productivity within the workplace. This may be especially useful for businesses who have recently been experiencing slow operations.

Industrial businesses will require goods to be transported in pristine condition, meaning processes must be in place to reduce the chances of them being damaged in transit. If you need to move stock or materials between floors, industrial lifts can do this for you without compromising the quality of the goods being transported.

It is easy to accidentally drop or damage goods whilst manually moving them between floors – going up and down the stairs, opening and closing doors, and so on, can all lead to accidental damage of goods.

Damaged materials or stock can be a hindrance for an industrial business, especially if they are in the manufacturing process. As a consequence, product delays may occur and disrupt the smooth running of operations.

To prevent this from happening, industrial lifts are a fantastic solution. To take the burden of accidentally damaging materials off of your employees’ shoulders, invest in an industrial lift that enables the no-hassle transport of materials.

Industrial lifts will ensure that any goods being transported will move from one floor to another in the original condition that they were received in.

Some factories and warehouses are massive, and whilst stock and/or machinery can take up a lot of space within the building itself, incorporating industrial lifts instead of stairs may lead to more space available for other means such as for additional machinery or storage space.

Sheridan Lifts provides bespoke industrial lift solutions, working with you to design a lift that is tailored to your every needs. Size, dimensions, weight capacity, features, and more can all be customised to your specific preferences. Our team of experienced engineers will aim to accommodate your every request, ensuring that your bespoke lift is compliant and fit for its intended purpose.

We provide lifelong lifts solutions for you

At Sheridan Lifts, our services go beyond a simple installation. We take pride in our lifts and want to ensure your lifts remain in immaculate condition.

Lift Repairs

As with anything, lifts are susceptible to the occasional breakdown. At Sheridan Lifts we offer a range of maintenance contracts which include lift repairs. We understand the impact a halt in production or a breakdown can bring for warehouses and factories. This is why our engineers and technicians will work to resolve your issues promptly in the event of a lift breakdown so you can resume business as normal in no time.

Included in our repair and maintenance services we also have a 24/7 customer service number for enquiries which allows the technicians and engineers at Sheridan Lifts to respond to your enquiry and appear on site as soon as possible in the event of a lift breakdown. In addition to this, we also have a one hour response time for emergencies where individuals are trapped within the lift. Keep your lifts in pristine condition with our repair services today.

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Lift Maintenance

It is a legal requirement to make sure the lifts you install are inspected every six years or every twelve months depending on the type of lift. (Lifts such as passenger lifts which have human interaction require a check every six months whereas goods whose primary use is transporting goods require an annual inspection)

As leaders in the industry, we keep up to date with the latest regulations and guidelines across the industrial sector. This allows us to make the necessary amendments while carrying out our maintenance checks.

At Sheridan Lifts we provide our customers with a variety of maintenance packages depending on your needs. For the industrial sector, we would factor in things such as regular maintenance checks and access to our emergency services. As leaders in the field, our engineers and technicians are able to predetermine a problem before it actually happens to save you money and time in the event of a lift breakdown.

Find out more about our packages and maintenance services here.

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Lift Refurbishment

Even the highest quality lifts reach the end of their life eventually. After 20-25 years they often need a bit of a spruce and reboot due to regular wear and tear. However in most instances, if checked before the time comes you can expand the lifespan of the lift by up to 15 years, allowing you put the purchase of a lift on the backburner for a bit longer.

As part of the refurbishment services we offer at Sheridan Lifts, we ensure the key elements of the lifts are all in good condition. We make sure the interiors such as the lift mirrors and handles are in pristine order while also checking the electrical components and mechanisms of the lift.

For a business looking to budget and keep an eye on capital our lift refurbishment services enable you to save money. Not only does lift refurbishment prevent you from having to get a new lift earlier than needed, but it also helps reduce breakdown costs and the implications of a lift breaking down.

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Sheridan Lifts: The UK’s Leading Independent Lift Company

By having a lift company like Sheridan Lifts cater to your lift needs, you are guaranteed to be working with a company that:

  • Works nationwide – While our main base is in Manchester we also have offices in cities such as London and Birmingham. WIth a client base that spreads from Liverpool to Leicester, we have technicians scattered across the UK installing lifts for large corporations and local councils alike.
  • Is fully accredited – We are proud to announce that we have been accredited by SMAS Worksafe. We have also been awarded the Acclaim Accreditation certificate of health and safety accreditation. Click here to view the full list of our accreditations. 
  • Is a family business you can trust – Since our business is family owned and operated, we are passionate about what we do. We live and breathe it. Stanley Sheridan, the founder of Sheridan Lifts, passed on his passion and knowledge, as well as expertise, to the rest of the Sheridan family since he founded it in 1979, one of the original trailblazers in the industry.

So what are you waiting for? Get a quote from the leading UK lift company today.

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Elevate Your Industrial Building with Sheridan Lifts

Whatever your industrial lift needs are, Sheridan Lifts is committed to fulfilling them. With over four decades of experience and expertise under our belt, plus boasting a collection of accreditations and certifications that prove our dedication and compliance in the lift industry, you can rest assured that you will get a high-quality service with us.

If you are interested in the installation of industrial lifts within your building, please contact our team today so that we can start finding a solution that is right for you.

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A little more about some of our clients

We all love a sweet treat, right? Park Cakes are one of the leading retailers of retailer own brand cakes, supplying quality products to the likes of Marks & Spencer’s and Sainsbury’s. They have four sites in the North West of England at Shaw, Raven, Speke and Little Hulton and Sheridan Lifts are employed here to service and maintain 18 business-critical lifts.

These retail giants own leading brands including Littlewoods, Yodel and and Sheridan Lifts are employed to look after 20 lifts across four sites, we have looked after these clients for 20/30 years.

The UK’s most trusted cereal brand and makers of household favourites like Corn Flakes and Frosties, they’re gggreat! We oversee 15 passenger lifts at two sites in Trafford and Wrexham.

Who doesn’t love a pie, especially at the match! Holland’s have built their reputation on quality and over at their site in Blackburn, we are employed to look after 2 of their business-critical lifts.

Another UK household favourite, Crown Paints are one of the UK’s best-loved brands, you could even say they were decorated! Sheridan Lifts are employed to look after 12 lifts at their site in Blackburn.

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