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Dec 12th 2014

Tis the season for doing good – and having fun!

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Today the team at Gemma Lighting wear wearing their woolies to work to help ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater’.

The event is the creation of charity Save the Children, which has encouraged people across the UK to don their festive finery on a day in December every year since 2012.

The initiative has raised over £1.6m for the charity so far.

Managing Director Craig Manuel Commented ‘We are pleased to play our part in this annual event which is always well supported by the team; some great wollies being worn this year!’

Craig said: “Gemma Lighting had a fantastic year, the company went from strength to strength; smashing the previous sales year’s figures and securing large export orders. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards”

About Save The Children:
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the UK and around the world, they are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Their pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Their efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As leading experts on children, they inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys –http://jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk/

Nov 7th 2014

Future Solent 2014 Conference

Copyright of Gemma Lighting LtdOne of the most compelling things about Gemma as a company is its constant and solid commitment to green energy. This in the shape both of practice and raising awareness of – and especially in the Solent area. Therefore, what more natural place to find Gemma than at the Future Solent 23rd Annual Conference? This event was held at Portsmouth Dockyards on 7th November 2014 and was intended to bring together the various elements of the green energy industry and explore their connection to each other and their contribution to the green energy sector. Gemma attended in their capacity as a green energy company and specifically a low carbon-high export business.

The conference featured an impressive structure for the day from Future Solent. It gave the opportunity to talk with businesses that had received grants from the Future Solent Green Growth programme, hear about the new Solent Energy strategy, find out who the new Hampshire Bank would be lending to, network with academics, the Public Sector and clean-tech clusters and give instant feedback on the perception of the Future Solent plans.

The overall theme was “energising the Solent”; recognising both the achievements and potential of the various businesses in the local area and how they could all contribute towards an ultimate aim. With an itinerary specifically geared towards the green growth businesses in the Solent area, the Future Solent Conference provided a valuable opportunity for those in the key industries to come together, whether as businesses, academics or public sector. The programme will support businesses from across the area covered by the Solent LEP but in particular will seek to support businesses within the two cities of Southampton and Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. This is something which yet again made it particularly pertinent to Gemma.

With a strong focus on assessing how Future Solent has helped businesses to grow and create new jobs over the last year, it was always going to be an event of interest to Gemma. There are no more valuable lessons to be learned than what has contributed to business success. In addition, Future Solent took the opportunity to outline the Solent energy strategy; something which Gemma are firmly in the middle of. And what a good place to be. Future plans for the Solent area include creating a low carbon construction hub and clean-tech cluster. The focus on environmental issues has never been stronger, and this conference was an ideal venue for Gemma to showcase both achievement and commitment.

Oct 1st 2014

Gemma Lighting appoint Charles Young as Account Manager for the Midlands area.

Craig Manuel, Managing Director of Gemma Lighting is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Young as Account Manager for the Midlands area.

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Charles joins Gemma Lighting as the company reports a fifth year of double digit growth and winning a number of business awards, proving there is a real desire within the lighting market for a quality UK LED Lighting Manufacturer.

Charles will cover the newly created Midlands Region which is as far North as Derby and South as Northampton as well as all of Wales.

Charles Commented ‘As more and more customers look for a UK LED lighting manufacturer, Gemma Lighting was an obvious choice to develop my career and I am genuinely excited about this new role and challenge’

We wish Charles every success in his new role.

August 19th 2014

Award-winning, market leader creates a bright new future.

Award-winning, market leader creates a bright new future for manufacturing and research and development opportunities for the LED lighting industry in Portsmouth.

Gemma Lighting will be creating up to 20 new jobs over the next three years at its Portsmouth-based manufacturing plant, thanks to a £100,000 Green Grant from Future Solent as part of their Green Growth Programme (GGP). This programme is aimed at providing a focussed range of interventions, designed to support targeted SMEs in the low carbon economy. The GGP joins together the expertise of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce with three universities, along with selected public sector partners with the idea of delivering a range of business services to accelerate SME growth. Services of which type are unlikely to be provided purely by the market.

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Initially, there will be five new jobs created in engineering and research and development. These roles will help complete the development of a new, leading edge technology, solar LED light. In addition, the creation of a further 15 jobs in the manufacturing sector is planned over the next three years.

Gemma are currently the market leaders in solar LED street lighting. They have produced some of the largest LED street light installations in the world and are one of the only companies to provide a UK solar street light solution. MD Craig Manuel says “We are proud to be a British manufacturer and we are glad the team at Future Solent have supported our proposal.” In order to gain the grant, Craig had to submit a detailed business plan and sit through five panel interviews with industry experts from across the Solent area.

In a further boost to local institutions, Gemma will be working alongside Portsmouth University for this project. The University awarded Gemma the “Innovation of the Year Award” at the Portsmouth Business Awards 2013. Now, they will be supporting Gemma by providing access to their research and development facilities on campus.

April 16th 2014

Gemma Lighting at WETEX conference Dubai 2014.

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Following a successful 2013 exhibition and conference, Gemma Lighting were again invited back to Dubai as guest speakers for WETEX 2014.

Now in its 16th year, WETEX (water, energy, technology and environment exhibition) 2014 was the biggest to date, occupying a space of 40,000 square meters, covering six halls, and attracting over 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries, underlining the strategic position of the exhibition to serve as an unmatched meeting ground with professionals from renewable energy, and environment industries.

It was the turn of Kevin James, Gemma’s UK Lighting director to take to the stage and deliver a technical presentation to a full crowd on ‘what to look for when selecting a quality LED product’.

Copyright of Gemma Lighting LtdThe presentation was well received and continued with a 30 minute question and answer session which allowed Kevin to further demonstrate his detailed knowledge on the subject.

Founder and Chairman of the WETEX conference Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer is also Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, who themselves are major users of Gemma Lighting’s LED products.

Feb 12th 2014

Gemma Lighting will be exhibiting at the Professional Lighting Summit.

Gemma Lighting will be exhibiting at the Professional Lighting Summit on 24th and 25th September 2014 as St John’s Hotel, Solihull.

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The team at Gemma Lighting will attend this prestigious event to showcase the companies range of high quality UK manufactured LED lighting solutions.

There will also be an opportunity to view Gemma’s new Majestic LED street lighting range which is receiving outstanding feedback both in the UK and Internationally and is predicted to be a popular choice with local authorities during 2014.

Gemma Lighting will be on stand 3 with both Managing Director Craig Manuel and Group Sales Director Mark Major there to welcome you and tell you more!

The Professional Lighting Summit, created in 2012 to widespread approval, is the annual must-attend event for any lighting professional. It will involve over 300 delegates from all over the UK and beyond getting together to develop their knowledge, education and skills to meet necessary competencies, and to discuss the latest standards, regulations and challenges in lighting -https://www.theilp.org.uk/events/professional-lighting-summit/

Feb 12th 2014

Britain's first ever solar lighting tower launched.

Today saw the launch of Britain’s first ever ‘green mobile lighting tower’ named the SMC Solar-2.

The SMC Solar-2 does is a result of three years R&D and investment by West Midlands based manufacturer Morris Site Machinery and features 4 x high power DC/DC LED Floods lights, designed and manufactured in the UK by Gemma Lighting LTD.

The SMC Solar-2 provides 100% fuel saving with zero noise, zero Co2 emissions and offers up to 50 hours on a single charge and up to 100 when supplemented with solar power.

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With both battery and mains supply provision it offers flexible options for all applications on site whilst its ultra silent operation makes this a suitable tower for use on projects where noise must be kept to a minimum. For versatility in terms of petrochemical and tunnel work, the tower can be battery powered and used without the solar panels.

Phil Winnington, Commercial Director, Morris Site Machinery said: “Over the next few years we are anticipating a much higher demand for eco-friendly products and solutions as businesses strive to have a positive impact on the environment and community. Often many companies think it’s a choice between being green and making money, however in the last few years the development of eco and sustainable products has improved and can now deliver commercial costs savings and impact on the bottom line.

Craig Manuel, Managing Director, Gemma Lighting said ‘It has been a real pleasure to work with Morris Site Machinery on this market leading solar lighting tower. Our DC/DC LED flood lights are proven technology having been installed around the world for over 10 years, providing excellent illumination and uniformity. We wish Phil and the team at Morris Site Machinery continued success with this project.

Feb 10th 2014

Gemma Lighting will be exhibiting at Lightscene Scotland.

Gemma Lighting will be exhibiting at Lightscene Scotland being held at the Westerwood Hotel and Spa, Cumbernauld (near Glasgow) on May 7th 2014.

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The team at Gemma Lighting will attend this prestigious event to officially launch their NEW Majestic LED street lighting range which is proudly manufactured here in the UK. The Majestic LED street lighting range is already receiving outstanding feedback both in the UK and Internationally and is predicted to be a popular choice with local authorities during 2014.

Gemma Lighting will be on stand 19 with both Managing Director Craig Manuel and UK Lighting Director Kevin James there to welcome you and tell you more!

Lightscene is organised by the ILP (Institution of Lighting Professionals) and includes lighting designers, engineers and other lighting professionals who are open to new ideas and in search of excellence, as well as three free seminars on relevant, topical subjects – https://www.theilp.org.uk/events/lightscene/