Inspirational lift!

Product designers and engineers of the future from Salisbury’s UTC took part in a Dragons’ Den type event in Andover.

The Year 10 students were invited to take part in a competition at Stannah Stairlifts to design a lift for someone with a disability and then pitch their ideas to a panel. The event was the first of its kind for the company.


“I enjoyed the pitch and working with the team.”

The youngsters joined students from three schools across Andover and were split into teams.
Each group was given a customer profile and asked to research mobility solutions before coming up with a design that would improve the customer’s life.

“It was fascinating watching them build their team so quickly and come up with innovative and simple ideas,” said UTC, Vice Principal, Ewan Scott, who attended the event. “I was very proud of them.”

Each team had to pitch their ideas to a panel, which included John Stannah, from the Andover based company. Stannah was set up in 1867 as a business moving goods around London docks. Over 40 years ago they added stairlifts to their range and since then have helped more than 600,000 people.

UTC student, 15 year old Olly Turner said; “I enjoyed the pitch and working with the team.” Fellow student, 14 year old Emily Otter agreed. “I learnt a lot from working as part of a team and I enjoyed learning about the lifts and how they can help someone get around their home.”

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