Future looking bright for Burnley company with jobs boost on cards

A Burnley company plans to boost its workforce by a quarter and double its manufacturing capacity.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 3:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 3:52 pm
Neil Hardy, managing director of rising company BrightLED

BrightLED has celebrated significant growth, shipping over 40,000 products in 2017.

Thanks to this the company, which has 12 employees, is looking to expand the number of full-time workers it employs by a further 25% with a recruitment drive for shopfloor workers.

Established in 2011 on Burnley's AMS Technology Park, BrightLED is a manufacturer and importer of commercial and industrial LED lighting, specifically tailored to the UK market.

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And the company's manufacturing capacity will be increased when it moves to new premises on the Network 65 business park in Hapton.

The company has a strong emphasis on design, technology and state of the art manufacturing and its distributors are hand-picked throughout the UK to ensure that the BrightLED solutions are commercially available anywhere in the country.

Managing Director Neil Hardy said: “The last 12 months have been memorable in the development and growth of the company.

"We have recruited four new staff and will be doubling our manufacturing capacity, when we move into new facilities at Network 65."

The company has recently won its second largest ever contract for a new development in Deansgate, Manchester, shipped over 30% more products, as well as launching a new brand, Photonic, to promote its increased Lancashire manufacturing capabilities and products.

Neil added: “Previously, the majority of our sales were based on either standard off the shelf products or customised versions.

"We are now developing our own manufactured products and in-house design solutions, to offer a one stop shop for commercial and industrial LED lighting solutions.

“We also aim to source as much raw material as possible from our local supply chain and to practice what we preach, by protecting the environment, with a commitment to cutting our carbon by 10% as part of the 10:10 campaign.

“Our future is bright and over the next 12 months, we will be targeting a 50% forecasted growth.

"Hopefully this can be achieved by signing our first export contract.

"Ultimately, our success will be based on letting quality come first, based on the skillsets of our local employees.”