Spotlight shines on city firm known for its iconic lamp

THEY'VE SEEN THE LIGHT Kathryn Dighton and Richard Sellwood from Anglepoise
THEY'VE SEEN THE LIGHT Kathryn Dighton and Richard Sellwood from Anglepoise
HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum from the air     Picture: Shaun Roster

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A LIGHT has been shone on small firms by government business secretary Vince Cable.

Portsmouth firm Anglepoise was handpicked to be one of only seven companies to take part in the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s first exhibition at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Victoria Street headquarters in London.

Best known for making its iconic desk lamps for the past 80 years, Dr Cable was given an insight into the Farlington firm’s new giant lamp, which stands three times bigger than a conventional desk-top office light.

He chatted with company bosses about the current economy, apprenticeships, international trade and the type of specialist support it needs to unlock its potential.

Dr Cable said: ‘We are rightly proud of the manufacturing talent we have in this country, but larger household names are just part of the success story.

‘There are more than 110,000 small to medium sized businesses, which are investing in developing new products and technologies that will be used across the world. This showcase gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of some great British success stories.

‘The government wants to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business.

‘With the support of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, SMEs are overcoming challenges and identifying new opportunities, leading to increased sales and the creation of new jobs.’

Anglepoise has been working with MAS to help streamline its business.