ADi Access is based in Cornwall and was formed in 2014. We joined the easy® family of brands in January 2020.
Through the use of Audio Descriptive Information, the goal of the business is to develop and manufacture products that enable visually impaired people and those who also benefit from audio information, to live their lives with dignity and independence.
The end of 2019 was an exciting time for Adi Access. Having submitted a successful bid to the GWR Customer & Communities Improvement Fund, 15 more railway stations were nominated to install RoomMate® by the end of March 2020. This was completed on time.
In October 2019, our director Steve Holyer was a winner of the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs.
Following this exciting win, we were invited to join the “easy family of brands” and we signed on the dotted line. easyAccessibility joined the easyGroup on 7th January 2020.
RoomMate® V4 and the Future
The COVID crisis has created a time where many businesses have been uncertain about the future, but we continue to maintain our flexible approach to the highs and lows of the business world.
Along with joining the easyGroup family of brands, we have launched RoomMate® V4. Not only does the RoomMate® prevent cross infection since those who need the audio description no longer have to feel their way around the toilet facility, but the added introductory phrase “Please remember to wash your hands,” inspires confidence for the users.
As we await the easing of restrictions and a return to a more normal way of life, we have also been shortlisted for the National Rail Awards (Customer Excellence).
Meet The Team
Helen Holyer - Founding Director
With over 15 years experience working with the visually impaired, along with the fact that my husband and business partner, Steve Holyer, is registered blind, I have considerable knowledge of the serious impact that sight impairment has on a person’s autonomy.
My career as a mobility and orientation specialist, teaching both blind children and adults how to navigate their environments safely, has highlighted the issues that we intend to address through the company.
What am I hoping to achieve? Through the medium of audio information, to make life easier for those with severe visual impairment, learning disability or dementia to access environments unfamiliar to them. In turn this will enhance independence, self-confidence and dignity.
Spencer Hassell - Founding Director
I’ve started, run and sold my fair share of companies over the last 20 years in a variety of sectors; including a Financial Consultancy, Holiday Marketing and Sales, a travel agency to our last adventure, a village pub.
I think ‘adventure’ sums it up for me and it is this thinking that I have strived to pass on over the 6 years in my role as a Start-up Business advisor with Outset Cornwall.
Working on the ADi project has really opened my eyes to the issues faced by those with life changing injuries and disabilities and I think ADi Access is perfectly placed to develop a number of solutions to considerably improve peopl’s everyday lives.
Steve Holyer - Founding Director
I was a BT satellite communications engineer for almost 20 years until forced to retire early with failing eyesight that has continued to deteriorate to the point were I can now only see light and dark.
This has meant adapting to my new environment and using other senses to replace the loss of sight.
While there have been significant advances in speech technology, in particular with mobile phones, there are still very few audio options available for blind and visually impaired people.
Freedom and dignity are a basic assumption when you can see which is why I feel so passionate about the opportunities that the RoomMate will give me, and others like me.
My vision for the future is for ADi to expand and provide further products to address the difficulties that I experience every day as a blind person.
Mike Hayes - Web Developer
After a number of years as an aerospace systems engineer with a blue chip corporation, being responsible for a number of advanced avionic and flight simulation systems, I decided it was time to take all those years of experience and build a business of my own.
I gain a terrific amount of satisfaction from being a developer able to make all those years experience available to businesses and to be able to say "yes, I can do that for you".
Find out more about me at mikesimagination.net.
Babalu Films - Chris Wasey - Wizard Videographer
We have extensive experience with start-up businesses and bring high production values, experience and a proactive attitude to supporting our clients and their key messages.
Audiences want to know the people and stories behind the products and we help our clients convey their passion.
As a sighted person working with visual medium, we had never considered the challenges faced by those with a visual impairment.
As the project has evolved, we truly believe the ADI RoomMate will drastically benefit so many people and we are proud to be part of it.
See more of my work at Babalu Films.
Sellectronics - Manufacturing & Logistics
Since 2008 Sellectronics have proudly offered one of the best electronics manufacturing services in the UK.
From aircraft projects to medical products and beyond, Sellectronics has been delivering customer satisfaction on every level.
As well as the electronics hardware design, we also have the knowledge and facilities to design the software to our customers specific requirements.
To see how we can help you have a look at Sellectronics-Falmouth.
Hoby Allen - Cabin Fever Audio Productions - Sound Wizard
Cabin Fever Audio Productions was started in 2012 by musician and sound engineer Hoby Allen.
We originally started to provide affordable support services for the music industry in Cornwall over the last three years we have expanded and added a number of additional services for individuals and businesses who need professional recordings and sound work.
We are delighted to be working with ADi as their desire to produce the best possible experience for the listener is precisely what drives our company.
Visit Cabin Fever Audio.
Design Room Cornwall - Emma Gordon & Sally Mitchell
Two professional, dedicated and approachable creatives who love working on bespoke design projects, for you, your business and sometimes just for fun.
We don't pretend to be the best at everything. We are pretty great (and modest) and like to do most things ourselves in the studio.
We are, however, very fortunate to know a super talented bunch with whom we work on larger projects and on the stuff that they do best, making sure you get the best skills to make your project a success.
Click here to see more of our projects
Simone Steele - Unleashed Photography
I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer primarily working with business start ups. In my experience people generally don’t like having their photograph taken so I make it my mission not only to give them high quality pictures they are pleased with, but also to make the experience as enjoyable for them as it is for me.
My style is close up, vibrant and natural.
"I am delighted to be working with ADi Access Ltd and I can see the Roommate soon becoming a standard fitting like the hand rail."