Even as 2021 began under a cloud of uncertainty, there was a bright glow of light flickering in the window of a business in South Gloucestershire.

This warm glow in winter darkness came from twenty-one candles atop a birthday cake, as family-run independent mobility specialists, TVM Cheltenham Ltd, celebrated 21 rewarding and successful years in business. With even greater significance during these Covid times, twenty-one years in business is not only a milestone, but it also stands as a testament to a winning formula for success.

When congratulating Kevin on the company milestone he commented:

“The last 21 years have passed so quickly. At times it seems like only yesterday I set up as a sole trader. From the early days of building a client base and a network of trusted suppliers and industry partners, right through to today, we have seen many changes within the business and the industry. Recognition of the business, as one of the leading independent mobility specialists within the South West, is an achievement I am very proud of.

Now as we celebrate 21 years in business, we will reflect on the challenges and successes along the way, most recently throughout the crisis. It has most certainly been a team effort. Catherine and I are hugely proud of each member of TVM, individually and collectively, for their dedication and professional, skilled delivery of service to our clients. Without our team, we would not be where we are today.”

Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has affected countless lives and businesses on a global scale. For business owners, this has meant having to adapt and respond quickly to fast-changing government directives.

When addressing the impact of Covid 19 on the business, Kevin responded:

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“The most significant impact was the need to increase my focus on the immediate situation or need at hand. This quickly became the right and the only way to act, and manage the ever-changing environment and government guidelines which led, almost daily, to prioritising work, enhancing safety measures, sourcing PPE, and maintaining and supporting the team and client confidence.
Adapting decisively became the norm in relation to working processes and the work environment. This included the introduction of working from home, a reduction of workshop-based working, and ‘in the moment’ adaptations to the working day.

On a positive note, 2020 saw new business opportunities and an increase in local work, within the South West. This led to the recruitment of extra staff including engineers and office staff, to efficiently manage the growing workload. Within our operating area, we experienced new growth in the private market, most noticeably in requests to supply, service, and maintain stairlifts.‘’

As an essential service provider, it was vital for the business to implement a solid approach to manage and sustain the team and business through the crisis.

Kevin commented:

“From the start of the pandemic, we responded by adapting to keep the business functioning. We aimed to fulfil existing and new contracts, by continuing a high standard of service for clients, whilst prioritising safe working practices. Responding in a calm and decisive manner enabled us to maintain job security and wellbeing for our employees. We were proud also to lend a hand, to support and assist industry partners and fellow mobility companies, when required.”

It is clear to see that the fruits of twenty-one years of extensive knowledge and experience within the mobility sector, equipped Kevin and his team with the right tools, mindset, and leadership approach to successfully navigate the company through stormy seas.

Looking forward to the year ahead in positively calmer times, Kevin shared his hopes:

“After the intensity of 2020, Catherine and I plan to transition more towards exploring and implementing longer-term objectives for business opportunities and growth. Most importantly, for us and our team, is to identify ways to improve work-life balance in this new ‘normal’ way of working. As a family-run business, we put our people first. Creating a strong and supportive team connection will help us thrive through any crisis and beyond.”

To Kevin and Catherine O’Leary, and the team at TVM Cheltenham Ltd – here is hoping the next 21 years are just as incredible and that you enjoy every moment. Happy 21st birthday!

North Bristol Foodbank

 

Showing support for local charity organisations lies at the heart of TVM Cheltenham Ltd. The practice of ‘paying it forward’ has and will continue to focus on ways the company can help, improve, and grow the local community, so the work the charities deliver can make a real difference.

In July 2020 TVM Cheltenham Ltd set up a regular monthly donation to North Bristol Foodbank. The foodbank covers the local area of Yate, and other food banks in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. All donations are shared between all the foodbanks in the group, to ensure there is plenty of food for people in crisis.

 

Thank you very much for your kindness in helping to support us as we provide for those who are in crisis and struggling to support themselves at this time. The team here at North Bristol Foodbank really do appreciate all the support from those within the local community, without such, we would be unable to help those in need.

 

CEO Kevin O’Leary and his wife, Catherine, together with their team are grateful for these kind words received from the food bank. The team at TVM Cheltenham understands just how vital all donations are especially during this uncertain and difficult time.

 

North Bristol Foodbank

 

To donate financially to the food bank, you can visit https://northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of one of the UK’s leading independent mobility specialist providers, TVM Cheltenham Ltd.

As a new century began, Millennium celebrations took place throughout the UK, Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill became the first British women to reach the South Pole, and Kevin O’Leary sold his pride and joy, a Porsche 911 SC Targa for £11,000.00, to fund his new business, TVM Cheltenham.

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Company Directors, Kevin and Catherine O’Leary

Inspired by an opportunity which arose as a result of relocation, and with money in the bank, Kevin decided to become self-employed. His new mobility business grew quickly, providing a steady income to support Kevin and his family, and then grew into a sustainable local business to aid people to remain independent in their own homes for longer. That was the birth of TVM Cheltenham in January 2000.

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Imagine crossing the finishing line in first place. What a feeling.

 

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When you stand on the podium and receive your medal, you feel on top of the world. You’ve achieved your goal. As you reflect on your win, you realise how many hours of training and how much hard work you had to put in, to prepare your path to victory.

 

Bristol based, independent specialist mobility solutions company, TVM Cheltenham Ltd, know exactly what it feels like to come first, having recently been awarded their 2nd consecutive public sector contract win with local authority, South Gloucestershire.

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hoisting

Based in Bristol, Gympanzees is an award winning social enterprise, with a vision that every disabled child and young person in the UK has access to play, friendship and exercise.

Since 2018, Gympanzees has held Summer and Easter pop up events at various locations across Bristol for disabled children and their families. The events are designed for children and parents to enjoy access all areas to interactive play and social facilities.

To show our support for Gympanzee’s unique endeavour, we donated hoisting, free of charge, for the Summer 2018 and Easter 2019 events.

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portable hoist

Living independently with support from live in carers, meet 32-year-old Luke, who is wheelchair dependent due to cerebral palsy.

Recently Luke contacted us about our Ardoo portable travel hoist, as he was planning a short break family holiday and his usual hoist was too large. The key requirements were to rent a small portable hoist that could fit in a car, and be able to lift and move Luke in the confined space of a caravan.

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Christmas

Merry Christmas.

It’s the time of year to celebrate the good things we’ve achieved in business during 2018.

It’s been a fantastic year of company growth, both in our team and business.

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ramping solutions

Flip Out Bristol, managed by Daniel Antoniou and his team, is a family-oriented franchise of the UK’s leading trampoline operator, Flip Out. Opened in January 2016, the Bristol venue is popular with children, teenagers, parents and grand-parents, who love to bounce for fun and fitness.

“Birthday party packages for children and adults are a big hit here,” explains Daniel.

Access to Bounce

“For one of our party bookings, we were asked about access to the trampoline arena for a disabled girl, so that she could join in her friend’s birthday celebration. Faced with a challenge, we were referred by a customer to speak to local mobility and modular ramping solution company, TVM Bristol & Cheltenham.

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engineer

Daniel Bartlam has joined Bristol-based independent mobility solutions provider TVM Cheltenham Ltd as a new engineer, bringing six years of industry experience to the company.

Having held various roles in the healthcare sector, including storeman, technician, service engineer and operations supervisor, the company says both Daniel’s hands-on and office-based experience will be a real asset to the busy team.

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