Zeta Specialist Lighting, the Bicester-based innovative developer and manufacturer of LED and solar powered lighting solutions is celebrating its 25th anniversary, investing £3.5 million to support an aggressive growth plan which is targeting a five-fold increase in size in three years.
25 years after it was founded, the original ethos of the company remains unchanged. The focus on R&D and commitment to designing and developing sustainable, cost-efficient and technologically brilliant lighting solutions is still at the heart of the business.
Over the years, Zeta Specialist Lighting has designed and brought to market a number of product innovations such as the Zeta Solar Paddle, SolisPOLE, Light Guide Panel and Solar Sign Illumination. This strong track record of innovation has led to the company receiving a number of prestigious awards recognising its success, including five DTI SMART Awards. The company also won ‘Small Business of the Year’ at the Cherwell Business Awards in 2013 and was the recipient of the ‘Renewable Energy Design’ Elektra Award in 2012.
A significant chunk of the monies will be spent upgrading its Bicester head office. Zeta is increasing its light guide panel production capability and creating a dedicated research and development centre. This will ensure that much of the production currently carried out in the Far East is brought back to the UK, positioning Zeta as the only supplier in its market with a UK-based manufacturing base; a move that will deliver a tangible competitive edge.
The improved UK production facility will also support the company’s plans to further expand its offering, particularly its range of solar powered street lighting. The investment will also speed up production across the board, ensuring Zeta fulfils customer orders for road signage and street furniture including bus shelters; totems for retail and shopping centre environments; airport signage solutions; interior solutions; and solar paddle lights, specifically for off grid unmanned crossings; in record time.
Managing Director Phil Shadbolt said: “25 years in business is a tremendous milestone and is testament to the commitment of both our staff and our customers. I attribute that success to our heritage of innovation which still guides us in everything we do.
“The business has continued to move forward. We have established a strong presence within commercial, retail and industrial settings and with this investment the business will be in a position to focus on developing the products of the future, expand into new sectors and new markets,” he added.
Specifically to facilitate future product development and expansion into new markets, Zeta has increased its headcount; recruiting an additional nine staff across its customer service, marketing, sales and production departments, as well as appointing a new management accountant and technical lighting designer; all in the past few months.
Zeta will launch a number of initiatives and programmes to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including an open day later in the year.
“With our continued focus on innovation, we have an exciting future ahead. We are looking forward to the next 25 years and beyond,” concluded Shadbolt.