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1993

Company founded

BES Rehab Ltd began as Better Ergonomic Seating, as a partnership created by Barend ter Haar and Greg Amos – both had been in the mobility/rehab world for a number of years previously.

1995

Bodypoint joins BES

2003

BES Decon formed

2004

BES works with CISA

2007

Stealth joins BES

2007

BES moves to Bristol

2011

Healthcare formed

With the need to deliver innovative products and solutions focussed towards the community, BES Rehab Ltd decided to form its 3rd division – BES Healthcare.

2012

BES Rebrands

BES Rehab Ltd began its rebranding exercise in mid-2011 and has successfully rebranded itself and its divisions to create a modern, recognisable and strong brand image.

2016

BES acquires DCS Joncare Ltd

BES acquires DCS Joncare Ltd, bringing together two important players in the healthcare field whose activities are complementary.

2016

BES achieves ISO:9001

BES achieves the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems standard.

2017

BES acquires Activity to Share

BES Rehab Ltd announces acquisition of Activities to Share, a company that provides dementia-friendly activity products.

2017

Leyton Stevens announced new CEO

2017

BES launches online shop

BES Rehab Ltd launches their first online shop, which means that the private customer can directly purchase some of BES Rehab Ltd's brands through the digital platform.

BES_CORPORATE_cube_only.pngBES Rehab Ltd started life in 1993 as Better Ergonomic Seating, as a partnership created by Barend ter Haar and Greg Amos – both of whom had been in the mobility/rehab world for a number of years previously.

The company’s product offering initially was the Varilite™ range from Seattle, USA Varilite™ brought to the medical cushion world the technology already known worldwide from the outdoor goods market found in Cascade’s Therm-a-rest® camping mattresses. This air-foam support is at the heart of the Varilite range. A few years later the Bodypoint® range of positioning belts and harnesses, and the FSA pressure mapping system broadened the range under the Better Ergonomic Seating banner. For over ten years these brands have been market leaders across the UK and Ireland.

BES Rehab Ltd entered the decontamination field with the AquaPhase™ wheelchair washer. At the time we realised that wheelchairs being brought in for repair or re-issue by our main seating customers were providing a risk of cross-contamination to engineers, staff, and subsequent users; therefore there should be an opportunity to provide a better service from the wheelchair services as a result of improved decontamination processes.

As it turned out, the timing was great to probe another market – community loan stores. The Integrated Community Equipment Services (ICES) programme for bringing together Health and Social Services equipment provision was just being launched. BES became the adviser to each of the regions as to best infection control practice, the advice being later incorporated into a MDA advisory document. This also resulted in most loan stores acquiring dedicated washing machines for returned loan equipment, to protect the cleaning staff from acquiring infections arising from the aerosols emitted by their current spray cleaning equipment, and at the same time saving the time previously spent on manual cleaning. An early customer saved so much on the time released to repair rather than discard equipment that they could afford to buy a second machine the following year. Hospitals, noticing that the community had stolen a march on decontaminating beds, started to acquire our SaniPhase bed washers as well.

The broadening of our customer base and fields led to a change in name as the company ‘grew’ into a limited company; BES Rehab Ltd, in 1997.

Part of the pressure care programme expansion was from taking on the Shear Comfort® medical sheepskin product range from Australia – part bed and chair overlays, and part specialist protective footwear for those with diabetes, arthritis, poor circulation, etc. Elsewhere in our healthcare products ranges, over the years we have taken on the UK and Eire distribution of Penco walker glides for easier pushing of walkers, the Myself pelvic floor muscle training system and the Stealth range of specialist head and body supports.

Meanwhile our decontamination interests spawned a separate division, BES Decon, which continues to offer not only the AquaPhase™ range of chemical based washer disinfectors, but also the CISA range of equipment that ranges from state-of-the-art endoscope reprocessing equipment to the provision of all components needed to fit out a 21st Century Sterile Services Department, such as washer disinfectors, steam sterilisers, plasma sterilisers, and waste management systems.

BES started as a home based business in Cambridgeshire from which it grew into needing a dedicated office/warehouse. In June 2007 we moved to new premises in Bristol.

BES Rehab Ltd set up a joint venture business in Adelaide, Australia in 2008, Healthcare Innovations Australia (HIA). HIA took over the Shear Comfort® business in July 2009 and is also the Australian distributor for the Varilite™ and FSA ranges.

A second joint venture, between CISA and BES Rehab Ltd, has been BIOtAK Ltd, set up in April 2010, to exploit novel bio-indicator technology licensed from the Health Protection Agency.

BES Rehab Ltd has been certified by BSI to ISO 9001:2015 under certificate number FS644625.

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Latest News

BES Welcomes New Members To The Rehab Team

BES Welcomes New Members To The Rehab Team

BES would like to welcome its two new Business Development Managers (BDM) Lawrence Benton and Lauren Lilley, and Assistive Technology Specialist (ATS), John Walker.   Lawrence has over 14 years’ exp…

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BES Acquires Activities to Share, a Company Specialising in Solutions for those Working with Individuals with Dementia

BES Acquires Activities to Share, a Company Specialising in Solutions for those Working with Individuals with Dementia

BES Rehab Ltd is pleased to announce the acquisition of Activities to Share, a company that provides dementia-friendly activity products. Click here to learn more about Activities to Share Activities…

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BES Rehab Ltd has announced Leyton Stevens as the new CEO

BES Rehab Ltd has announced Leyton Stevens as the new CEO

Appointed as the Director of Healthcare in June 2016, Leyton has been instrumental in the continuation of the company’s growth and development in the area of digital health and technology. He will now…

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