Harlow business growth strongest in UK, research shows

The boss of an expanding Harlow firm has said a key reason for it being one of the strongest areas for business growth in the UK is its location.

Research by Experian, commissioned by the BBC, has shown the Essex town had the biggest business growth rates between July 2010 and February 2012.

In that time the number of businesses grew by 478, the 6.2% average yearly increase being the highest in the UK.

Ross Curtis, of Objects In Glass, said: “I can’t imagine a better place to be.”

He added: “Obviously you’ve got the benefits of London being close by, but it’s a cheaper place to set up near that big market.

“The business networking is fantastic, if you need to get something made you generally can in Harlow.

“Everything seems to be close by and it’s just an easy place to do businesses.”

According to the Experian research, the number of businesses in the town increased from 3,782 to 4,260 between 2010 and 2012.

It also saw a 23.5% increase in the number of business start-ups.


Osram lamps are Which? best buys

Osram’s LED and energy-saving lamps have performed well in the latest bulb test by Which?, the independent consumer organisation. Which? carried out in-depth tests on 40 products from six manufacturers

Areas tested included durability, with three samples of each lamp left on for 5,000 hours and switched on and off 30,000 times. With the best performing bulbs, all three samples survived testing, while the worst failed at just 6,000 switches.

Other test areas included brightness across a 100-hour period and speed to light.

Of the 15 products picked out as ‘best buys’ by Which?, nine were from Osram, four from Sylvania, one from GE and one from Philips.

Osram’s Duluxstar Mini Twist 11W came top of the list as the ideal replacement for the traditional 60W lamp. Although Sylvania’s ToLEDo GLS A60 performed better, its typical price is almost six times more than the Osram bulb.

The Which? test report said: ‘The Mini Twist from Osram does many things excellently. Its performance is good as it gets for a CFL light bulb.’

The GE Electronic 12W also performed strongly, particularly for light output, efficiency and durability. The Osram Duluxstar 21W and Dulux Superstar 30W were recommended as replacements for traditional 100W lamps.

Osram’s LED lamps scored well in the durability tests and only took three seconds to reach full brightness. The Osram Parathom Pro Classic A60 and the Osram Parathom Classic A40 were also picked out as best buys.

Megaman’s LEDs at Fat Face

Megaman’s GU10 AR111 15W and Candle 5W LED lamps have been used to  great effect in the Fat Face chain of clothing and accessory stores throughout the UK. This is part of a roll-out programme to replace heat generating 75W halogen lamps and 25W incandescent candles respectively.

With over 200 stores in the UK, Fat Face is one of the high streets leading clothing and accessories retailers offering clothes for the active lifestyle. Formed in 1988, the company has the motto ‘Life is Out There’.

The refurbishment programme, conducted by Hampshire based Planned Lighting Maintenance Ltd., is part of an ongoing energy saving campaign that has been adopted by the retailer. The original lighting, which incorporated halogen lamps, had suffered from regular lamp failure and Planned Lighting were asked to devise a new scheme that would offer energy saving lamps with good colour rendition and a longer lamp life, whilst reducing maintenance costs.

Offering 50,000 hours, Megaman’s AR111 LED lamps offered a direct replacement for the halogen spots situated on the sales floor, providing a perfect illumination to highlight the merchandise on the shop floor.  Offering the same light intensity and colour temperature, the AR111’s also provide energy saving of up to 80%.

Following installation of the new Megaman lamps, Fat Face has reported a saving of £3,700 per annum, 45,000kw which equals 23 tonnes of CO2 per store, whilst retaining its bright appearance that is so inviting to its customers.