Essex-based lighting designers Astro Lighting has been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
The report celebrates some of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). According to Astro Lighting managing director John Fearon, the company has been recognised because its “lighting is approachable, honest and inspiring”.
“Our passion for quality goes far beyond the technical excellence of our products,” said Fearon. “It drives us to achieve the highest possible standards of customer service and professionalism in everything we do.”
London Stock Exchange Group chief executive Xavier Rolet said: “High-growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why the event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.”
Writing in the publication, Chancellor George Osborne said: “UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow. Our measures to increase access to finance for business and encourage more investment have had a transformative effect on our economy.”