Queen honours lighting industry for enterprise

Nottingham-based Abacus is one of three lighting companies honoured by the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Holophane Europe was honoured for innovation, while Abacus and Chelsom received the prize for international trade.

A trio of British lighting companies have been recognised in the annual Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. 

Holophane Europe was honoured for innovation, while Abacus and Chelsom received the prize for international trade. 

The awards are the the highest official UK award that a British business can receive.

Milton Keynes-based lighting Holophane Europe was cited for its work on lighting product development. The inventiveness of Holophane, which is owned by Acuity Brands, goes back over 120 years, and includes milestones such as the invention of the prismatic diffuser, a breakthrough which revolutionised lighting efficiency in its time.

Nottingham-based Abacus was cited for its international presence. The exterior luminaire maker  has expanded with offices in Doha and Dubai and a growing export team and network of local distributors across Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.

Blackpool-based Chelsom also won for its export performance. In the past three years, it has achieved international sales growth of 131 per cent for its decorative lighting range. Exports account for 40 per cent of sales and clients include major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor and Marriott.

Commenting, Holophane managing director, Alasdair McRury said: ‘We’ve won many awards in our time but this one is very special indeed. It’s a major endorsement of our outstanding team of research engineers who continue to innovate and enable us to compete globally with industry-leading technology’.

In a statement, Abacus said: ‘[The award] pays testament to our employees’ hard work and effort in growing Abacus as a worldwide brand.’

Chelsom chairman Robert Chelsom told Lux: ‘I’m extremely proud that Chelsom is one of only 102 companies across all industries to be honoured with the award for International Trade this year because it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. The award comes in Chelsom’s 70th anniversary year making it fitting recognition that a third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop.’


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