6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to EDP Norfolk today click here

Norfolk Lighting Company: keys to their success

PUBLISHED: 16:51 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:51 23 January 2017

The Norfolk Lighting Company owners Sophie and Iain Aimes. Photo : Steve Adams

The Norfolk Lighting Company owners Sophie and Iain Aimes. Photo : Steve Adams

Copyright Steve Adams

Sophie Ames, owner with her husband Iain of the Norfolk Lighting Company in Taverham, explains their one-stop approach to creating a successful customer-focused interiors business

Q Please tell us a little about the history of The Norfolk Lighting Company.

A The Norfolk Lighting Company is the culmination of my love and passion for lighting and interiors, combined with the entrepreneurial drive and skill set of my husband Iain. We both adore Norfolk and both really wanted to run a local business, and now we really feel that we are rooted here forever. The county has a lot to celebrate and we are very proud to be a tiny part of that.

Q You have a wide range of styles and prices on display at your Taverham showroom. Tell us about the ranges you stock and how you select them.

A Key brands include Searchlight, Dar and Elstead, we also have displays of bathroom and outdoor lighting. Whether you want glamorous statement lights, vintage shades or industrial design, we have something for all tastes. We have a range of fabrics from Voyage to create bespoke shades, and also for upholstery services and soft furnishings which can be made to match. We select our ranges based on style, quality, value and most of all by considering what our customers want and are asking us for.

Q As a family business, what skills and experience are you able to bring and how to you use them to help your customers?

A The Norfolk Lighting Company developed from an established electrical contracting business, Diamond Controls Ltd, so right from the start we have had a strong backroom team, NIC EIC approved electricians to hand and the experience of Iain, who has been an electrical contractor for 22 years. Once a customer has chosen their lights, we can install everything at incredibly competitive rates, can carry out any other wiring and testing necessary and can also install lighting control systems.

Q What about if a customer wants something special? Are you able to help with bespoke pieces or particular interior design requirements?

A With the huge array of home makeover programmes, interior magazines and the internet, customers come in with plenty of ideas. They know what they want the end product to look like but sometimes not how to get there. So we will often spend a couple of hours in the showroom working through various ideas or will make an appointment to visit their home completely free of charge. All of our lighting can be modified and we can make bespoke pieces. That is when we all get really excited and can let our creative side go.

Q So, Iain and Sophie, what is your Big Idea for moving forward the county’s interior and exterior home lighting offering?

A We aim to become the true one-stop solution and a business that really makes time for its customers. If you come to us, we’ll design your lighting alongside you, come to your home (or building site) to get a feel for what you are trying to achieve, install the electrical wiring and lighting control if required, and will fit every single light at the end.

The Norfolk Lighting Company, Taverham Craft Centre, Fir Covert Road, Taverham, near Norwich, NR8 6HT; 01603 866627; www.thenorfolklightingcompany.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other EDP Norfolk Magazine visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by EDP Norfolk Magazine staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique EDP Norfolk Magazine account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Norfolk Magazine

Wed, 15:48

We’re going to grow our own, one day, possibly not today, says Jo Malone.

Read more
Tue, 13:04

Jack Brunsdon was a master craftsman with a passion for making things from wood. He turned his hand to many varied forms of joinery, including deck chairs, toboggans and even the rear timber body work of the Morris Traveller estate motor car before settling on high quality windows and doors

Read more
Tue, 11:48

You may have noticed that each Norfolk village has a unique village sign, but you may not know that the idea of a village sign actually originated in the county. We pick 13 of the most intriguing and explore their histories

Read more
Tue, 11:11

These three luxury properties in Sellindge, Birchington and Staplehurst are great options

Read more
Mon, 17:04

Where is the best beach in Norfolk? Whether its traditional seaside amusements, candy-coloured beach huts or unspoilt golden sands, the Norfolk coast has it all. We pick 9 you need to explore

Read more
Mon, 12:34

A relaxed meal with friends in a gastro pub is perfect to catch up or celebrate. Norfolk has lots of dining pubs serving creative dishes and here are some of our top places

Read more
Mon, 12:26

An orchestra made up of some of Norfolk’s best young musicians was joined by past members for a celebratory concert this month

Read more
April 2017
Mon, 11:12

A 10,000 mile bicycle ride home to Norfolk was the start of a journey into fiction for lawyer-turned-novelist Theodore Brun, writes Rowan Mantell

Read more
April 2017
Mon, 10:33

After their newly-bought 1970s home cracked wide open, a couple with an eye to elegance and the environment embarked on a mission to create something new. Pat Bramley investigates Spring House in Little Gaddesden

Read more
April 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Painted doors, flint stone walls and exposed beams are all part and parcel of any pretty Norfolk cottage. We pick 8 of the cosiest Airbnb homes you can rent in Norfolk

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
EDP Norfolk Application Link

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Norfolk's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search