Jobs and growth for Portsmouth lighting maker

Staff from Gemma Lighting at The News' Business Excellence Awards
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AN award-winning lighting company has a bright future in manufacturing and research opportunities for the LED lighting industry in Portsmouth thanks to a grant.

Gemma Lighting will be creating up to 20 new jobs over the next three years at its Portsmouth-based manufacturing plant, thanks to a £100,000 Green Grant from Future Solent as part of their Green Growth Programme (GGP).

The programme is aimed at providing a focused range of interventions, designed to support innovative small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the low carbon economy.

The GGP joins together the expertise of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce with three universities, along with selected public sector partners with the idea of delivering a range of business services to accelerate SME growth.

Initially, there will be five new jobs created in engineering and research and development. These roles will help complete the development of a new, leading technology, ­— solar LED light. In addition, the creation of a further 15 jobs in the manufacturing sector is planned over the next three years.

Gemma is currently the market leaders in solar LED street lighting.

It has produced some of the largest LED street light installations in the world and are one of the only companies to provide a UK solar street light solution.

Managing director Craig Manuel said: ‘We are proud to be a British manufacturer and we are glad the team at Future Solent have supported our proposal.’

In order to gain the grant, Craig had to submit a detailed business plan and present at two panel interviews with industry experts from across the Solent area.

Richard Hall, programme manager of the GGP, said: ‘It has been a pleasure working with Gemma, they have a very clear project plan and we are confident they can deliver sustainable jobs for Portsmouth.’

In a further boost to local institutions, Gemma will be working alongside The University of Portsmouth for the project.

The university will be supporting Gemma by providing access to their research and development facilities on campus.