New Designers Guild Lamp Shade Collection!

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Designers Guild Lampshade Collection!

Established in 1970 Designers Guild focus on creating an enhancing and enriching collection of patterns and fabric. The fabrics range from an Eastern decorative art to Italian classical style, which will please every eye. We would describe our new Designers Guild lamp shade collection as stylish, utterly versatile and modern, it can revamp any residential interior, hotel lobby or a busy café.
These prints have been exquisitely taken directly from the blooming nature surrounding us, echoing with the realism’s classical botanical paintings which not only fit any interior, but will offer both a contemporary and classical touch, blending perfectly with every interior designer’s dreams and aspirations.
It will definitely be hard to decide whether to choose from a saturated and neutral floral pattern, such as the Designers Guild Plum Blossom Linen Lampshade or Designers Guild Corsage Lavender Lampshade, to brighter signature touches which we find with Designers Guild Ghirlanda and Mariedal Peony Lamp shades. Visit our website to view the full collection.

 

The Lampshade Company Wins Bronze Award!

The Lampshade Company is proud to announce that we won the Bronze Award for Small Business website at the Essex Digital Awards 2017 yesterday evening!

The Lampshade Company, Bronze Award, Essex Digital Awards, Lampshade

The awards evening took place at the prestigious Boreham House in Chelmsford yesterday evening. Despite the down pour of rain and nearly having to paddle a boat down the A12 to attend the evening, it was a fantastic night. This is the 3rd year we have attended the Essex Digital Awards, and we are still proud to have won the Gold award for Small Business website the year before last.

 

The Lampshade Company, Bronze Award, Essex Digital Awards, Lampshade

 

I think it’s time to get the drill out to make a hole in the wall to put up another award, what a great way to end the week!

Have a great weekend.

Angela Berry & Team

A Day To Remember!

It has been there in old and modern times, a bastion of British politics ranking in importance against even the White House, and is seen one of the most important political buildings in the World. Have your guessed where we are…..if you are still undecided, let us give you a hint:

The Lampshade Company Visits Number 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street has been the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. This black door holds some of the country’s deepest secrets, indeed for the last 275 years has witnessed some of the most important decisions affecting Britain and in some cases the world.

On the other hand, behind this door, not only the fate of the country is decided, but countless formal and informal events and receptions are held here in what is seemingly a small terraced (house) building. The guest list is impressive, from Her Majesty The Queen, several presidents of the United States, the Pope, Ghandi and many other influential world leaders including our director Angela Berry.

By now, I suppose you know about #SmallBusinessSaturday UK, but if the answer is no, don’t worry! We are going to remind you. Small Business Saturday UK is a non-commercial, grassroots campaign which aims to promote, highlight, support and encourage small business to thrive in their communities, as they invite people to shop local.

The Lampshade Company is Named One of The Small Business 100 of 2016 as part of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an excellent organisation to follow if you want to celebrate the fact that over 99% of UK businesses are SME’s or put another way there were 5.4m SME’s in the UK in 2016. These businesses are the life blood of the country offering both outstanding local quality, great service and often a splash of creativity. Small business doesn’t have the marketing budgets and public profiles of large corporates, but they have the passion and dedication of ordinary individuals who dare to dream.

As you have may (or may not) have heard, along with other recognition, we have won the ‘Gold Award for Small Business Website’ and we are proud to be part of the  top 100 Small Businesses of 2016 that have been selected by Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100.

You may ask yourself now. What is the link between 10 Downing Street and Small Business Saturday? One simple word: a reception! Along with 99 SME companies, The Lampshade Company visited and exhibited in 10 Downing Street. And to top that off, the Small Business Minister Margot James was there! And we have the proof, of course:

Angela Berry Director of the Lampshade Company Visits Number 10 Downing Street and meets Margot James

As her house was the place in which we have celebrated, it was important to know that the Prime Minister, Theresa May was excited about both the achievement and the recognition of the hard work that the small businesses across the country put into their products and services. She stated the importance of small business:

“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses – from family run restaurants, to innovative tech start-ups, to local corner shops. I’m delighted that we had such a great representation of firms here in Downing Street to mark this event and recognise the prosperity they bring to the UK.”

Angela Berry director of The Lampshade Company outside Number 10 Downing Street

Our director Angela was more than excited to be there (you are going to see that, actually. Stay on the blog for more). But first, here is the ‘official’ declaration of our director, Angela Berry:

“We had an amazing day and we are so delighted to have attended SmallBiz100. It was great meeting other business owners like myself. Gaining a local customer base and receiving support from the community is very important to us and Small Biz 100 is great in showcasing the significance of small businesses within society.”

And here is what you have been waiting for! The pure excitement, emotion and gratitude! We are going to let the video play and say the story on its own. To add to the fun, could you please count how many times Angela say’s number 10?

 

 

The Lampshade Company’s Small Biz 100 Day!

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Showing Will Quince how to make a lampshade!

The day started with the alarm going off at 6am, running around the house making sure both children were ready for my husband to take them to school, fishing Nemo (one of our fish who died overnight) out of the fish tank, feeding the cat then responding to a couple of emails prior to our meeting with our Local MP Will Quince at 9am. Will is a very down to earth MP, we spoke about our manufacturing process in great detail and also the possibility of exporting our lamp shades. Before Will left I presented him with a lampshade from our new personalised digital print lampshade range with an image of Palace of Westminster (House of Commons) on it. This was a digital image we used and then had it printed onto material which we then used to make a lampshade.

Digital Personalised Lamp Shade
Presenting Will Quince with a personalised digital lamp shade.

Will left our studio at about 10am and our social media pages started to get very busy with likes, re-tweets and comments – we even received some tweets from James Caan! Small Business Saturday UK did a fantastic job promoting our Small Business on the day – thank you Small Business Saturday UK! I would highly recommend any #SmallBiz100 to dedicate a full day to their Small Business 100 day to respond to Social Media and additional enquiries. But most importantly to have fun and enjoy your day in the limelight.

The Lampshade Company is organising an event in Colchester for Small Business Saturday UK on Saturday December 3rd – we’ll keep you posted with further details!

Angela Berry & Team x

New Product Launch – Digital Personalised Lampshades!

digital-print-personalised-photo-lampshadeBreaking news…

The Lampshade Company has just released a new service – Digital Personalised Lampshades.

All you need to do is send us the image you wish to have on your lampshade in the correct size and format and we can hand craft your personalised lampshade to suit your décor.

 

Youdigital-print-personalised-photo-lampshade can have photographs of your loved ones, pets or even your favourite photograph shining back at you every evening when you switch on your light!

What a wonderful addition to your home or unique personalised gift for a loved one. Click here to visit our website for further information.

We’re Hiring!

Hand holding megaphone - We are hiring

Lampshade Maker / Lampshade Technician required.

Hours: Up to 15.5 hours per week (over 2 – 3 days, Mon – Fri).

Location: Colchester, Essex

Details: Est. 2011 The Lampshade Company is an award winning online business specialising in the creation of handmade to order lampshades. We are a small growing business, supplying to the retail and commercial markets.

We are looking for someone to become one of our experts in making laminated wallpaper and fabric lampshades in a fast-growing team. Successful applicants must have: the ability to work practically, a sense of shape and pattern, a keen eye for detail, a steady hand and ideally previous craft experience. There are some physical aspects of the job that involve working with large lampshades and materials. Lampshade specific training will be given and applicants should be aware it takes a long time to train in all aspects of making the shades, therefore we are looking for someone who is a quick learner with the ability to problem solve and apply existing knowledge to a new situation. Other duties are also involved such as packaging, checking stock and goods received, cleaning of the studio and creation of new products. Must be able to work during school holidays. To apply please email an up to date copy of your CV to: angie@thelampshadeco.com 

The Lampshade Company Selected as One of The Small Business 100!

TLC Master 72dpi RGBThe lampshade studio is buzzing with excitement! We’re all extremely excited and proud that The Lampshade Company has been chosen as one of the Small Business 100 for Small Business Saturday UK 2016. #SmallBiz100

The Small Biz 100 campaign markets 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday which this year is on Saturday 3rd December.

Each business receives exposure through social media platforms and via the press. With an opportunity to attend Downing Street and meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

We have tickets to The Small Business Saturday Blue Tie Ball (time to drag out the glad rags!). How exciting…don’t worry we’ll keep you all updated via our Twitter and Facebook pages with maybe a few sneaky photo’s of the event!

Find out how you can get involved with Small Business Saturday by visiting their website:

www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

and follow them on:

Twitter: @SmallBizSatUK

Facebook: Small Business Saturday UK

Small Business Saturday is a non profit making organisation.

More exciting news to follow about the Blue Tie Ball next week!

Angela Berry & Team x

 

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Award at The North Essex Business Awards 2016!

North Essex Business Awards At Braxted Park on Friday night. Lampshade Company , Small Business of the Year sponsored by Chelmsford College and Andy Sparks
North Essex Business Awards At Braxted Park on Friday night.
Lampshade Company , Small Business of the Year sponsored by Chelmsford College and Andy Sparks

We are delighted to have been selected as winners at the North Essex Business Awards 2016, which took place at Braxted Park in Witham. We would like to thank Newsquest for organising such a great event!

Team north Essex Business Awards

20160701_215116Also a huge thank you Chelmsford College who were sponsors of the Small Business of The Year category and selected The Lampshade Company as the winners of this category – we are extremely proud and grateful, thank you!

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Awards at the North Essex Business Awards 2016

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Awards at the North Essex Business Awards 2016

 

We have some more exciting news for you next week – watch this space!

Angela Berry & Team x