Fantastic news! Sesame Access Systems Limited, the innovative company behind our main entrance accessible lift (see below), has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 in the Innovation category.

Sesame Access was selected for this prestigious award thanks to the world class bespoke stair lifts designed and built to fit properties all over the world. The Sesame system is a specialist system originally designed for historic listed buildings, but has since been installed in modern and historic buildings, with over 100 lifts installed worldwide, including grades I, II & II* properties in England, Grade A listed properties in Scotland and prestigious properties in the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Qatar and Australia.

ICE-Internal-Montage-510x360Sesame has lifts installed in Listed buildings all over the country, in a combination of Grade I, II & II* properties. Grade II listed One Great George Street was one of the first historic venues to install a front entrance Sesame Access Lift, and as a highly accessible venue has won numerous awards including a Cateys Award for Accessibility.

over_logoOur huge congratulations to go Sesame Access Systems Ltd which has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016.

The Queens Award is the highest UK awards for British businesses. Awards are made on advice of the Prime Minister, and this year the award was conferred by the Queen on her 90th birthday (21st April). The Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation recognises UK Companies which demonstrate outstanding innovation and invention in their products.

Sesame designs, builds and installs bespoke wheelchair access lifts for Listed Buildings. At the touch of a button, stairs retract into the building to reveal a platform lift. This enables people in wheelchairs to stylishly and effortlessly access any building without barriers. English Heritage have approved Sesame lifts in many Listed Buildings across the UK.

To win Royal recognition for Sesame wheelchair lifts is a huge honour. It’s a great reward for all involved in the Company, especially the world class Sesame designers and engineers. It’s a celebration of British Engineering and British Innovation at its best. Here’s what the key stakeholders have to say:

We love working with Architects to develop their design ideas, and turning them into reality using our cutting edge technology. I am extremely proud that my father’s invention not only enables disabled people to access any type of building, but his invention been formally recognised by the Queen and Downing Street. It’s a great legacy for him.

Steven Lyons, Managing Director, Sesame Access Systems Ltd


Sesame lifts are a stylish way of getting into and out of a buildings without a fuss. When someone has to wheel out a dusty old ramp from the store cupboard to get me into a building, it’s just awful and such an effort. Sesame lifts are a much more elegant way of enabling me to glide into buildings when I am out and about with my friends and colleagues. I applaud Sesame lift’s innovation and style.

Fiona Jarvis, CEO Blue Badge Style


I am delighted that Sesame Access has won a Queen’s Award for Innovation and look forward to continuing our work with the company to help them further their international goals. Sesame Access is a fantastic example of a family run company with a great product that is punching well above its weight internationally.

Lewis Scott, Regional Director of UK Trade & Investment South East

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