Design honour is a big boost for specialist firm
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Gold award for design for a solid brass outdoor lamp
Suffolk-based company Jim Lawrence Traditional Ironwork was among with winners at an awards ceremony celebrating the best in interior and garden design
The Hadleigh-based firm won the Gold award in the Best Lighting category of the House Beautiful Awards, held at the Science Museum in London and hosted by Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry.
Jim Lawrence’s new solid brass Boathouse outdoor light was one of 250 products shortlisted in a total of 22 categories which were judged by a celebrity panel including Jeff Banks, Sophie Conran and Oliver Heath.
Other products in contention for the Best Lighting award included entries from John Lewis, Next, Laura Ashley, House of Fraser and B&Q.
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Company founder Jim Lawrence said: “We were just so pleased to have been shortlisted, but as this was our first year entering the competition we thought that was probably as far as we’d get.
“When we heard them announce Jim Lawrence as the Gold award winner it was just fantastic. It’s been a real boost to our staff at the Suffolk workshop, and with such a close-knit company everyone from the welders and wiring department to packing and painting has been involved in creating this light.”
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The Boathouse light combines traditional styling with modern technology, including an integrated LED bulb. It forms part of a product range which also includes curtain poles, furniture and soft furnishings.
Mr Lawrence added: “For an East Anglian company to be recognised in such a respected national competition is a real honour.”
The company has been established 20 years and now employs a team of 115 staff.