Tyson Lighting Design

Tyson Lighting launch their Lighting Design practice and showroom in the heart of Manchester

Tyson Lighting has chosen Manchester for its first dedicated lighting design practice and contract showroom following the recent expansion of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Blackburn. This week, the £3.5m turnover firm announced the opening of the brand new 3rd floor, 1,770 sq. ft. facility located within Manchester’s Old Granada Studios on Atherton Road in the city centre. Lancashire-based Tyson Lighting specialises in the design, manufacture, supply and project management of traditional, bespoke and contemporary lighting.
The Manchester design office and showroom will open this summer and the company says it will provide a hub for designers, architects and specifiers to explore the ranges of Tyson’s two international brand partners, VISO and Luceplan as well as Tyson’s own bespoke lighting design.



A team of top lighting designers will be on hand to help turn creative ideas into award-winning lighting projects including Manchester’s Luke Artingstall who has recently joined the company and will head up the Tyson Lighting Design team. Joining Luke in the brand team, is a further new recruit, Rachel Cowgill who will work with existing Brand Manager, Natalie Hart in a Brand Ambassador role for Tyson Lighting.

The showroom will be a stone’s throw from one of Tyson Lighting’s most recent projects, Tattu Restaurant and Bar in Spinngfields which opened earlier this month. Tyson Lighting oversaw the supply and fabrication of over 70 pieces of bespoke and technical lighting for the new body-art inspired Dim Sum restaurant and bar – including the iconic over-sized anchors wrapped in rope and flowers and fitted with halogen golf balls hanging in the main bar.

Managing Director, Andrew Gibson, said: “The new Manchester showroom opening is the next phase in the company’s expansion and also the logical step in our holistic approach to lighting. We chose the iconic Granada Studios building because it’s synonymous with creativity and giving individuals an opportunity to express themselves and we believe we, as a company, do the same.”


“The new space will allow us to showcase innovative and exciting products such as lighting brands VISO and Luceplan, which we believe will really help expand their presence here in the UK” explained Andrew. The Manchester showroom and design office will be open plan to encourage collaboration and the sharing of ideas.  Andrew said:  “We want to provide the design and lighting industries with a truly interactive office space that will cater for some of the most pioneering opinion formers to host talks, seminars and cultivate the creative process. We also want our showroom to be used as a hub for product launch events and staff training so that our specifiers can really buy into the concept of our brand partners and understand their key messages.”


The opening of the showroom follows on from the significant expansion of the company’s Blackburn manufacturing facility in the past six months, which has seen the size of its combined works area more than double to meet recent demand. The firm has also invested in three welders, a state-of-the-art bending machine and de-greasing and metal finishing equipment.


The expansion has resulted in the appointment of five new staff including two bespoke lighting manufacturers, a specialist painter and two trainees who will work within the wiring department. Andrew said: “I’m a huge fan of releasing eager young energy into an established department and allowing their enthusiasm to be embraced. When you treat young people with that level of respect, you get outstanding results in terms of work rate, quality of work and job satisfaction for all involved.


“Tyson Lighting Design is able to deliver projects across a range of sectors including commercial office design, hospitality, historical, light art, external feature lighting and public realm schemes, and the opening of the new studio has also helped to attract Manchester’s award-winning lighting designer, Luke Artingstall to head up the team.


“Luke has worked on prestigious and award-winning lighting projects across the UK and his vast experience will allow us to not only compete for the best and most exciting projects in the industry, but help strengthen and build new client relationships within the international design industry” said Andrew.


Speaking on the reasons behind the recent expansion of the firm’s manufacturing facility, Andrew said: “We were always a true lighting company in our very foundation with technical workshop personnel being able to change the light sources of existing fittings, bolt and build components together and create unique light fittings from sketches utilising external fabricators and metal workers.


“However, as business improved we found we were relying on the unreliable to achieve our challenging deadlines. I would regularly hear our procurement team having conversations with sub-contractors who had missed delivery slots for no good reason so I decided to skill up our own workforce to handle production in-house.”


The decision turned out to be a smart one and progress revealed other areas that needed improving to accommodate the new demand for Tyson’s enhanced quality product. Andrew and his fellow directors re-invested in SAGE 200 which has allowed a more agile, traceable and scalable way of doing business. “It was a big change management project but we carried it through and it has really lifted us up another level and given us the ability to run many more projects simultaneously.” he says.


The firm successfully applied for a growth grant to help subsidise a brand new state-of-the-art paint facility as well as SolidWorks Professional 3d modelling software to enhance its design process. This, in turn, led to the expansion of Tyson’s production facility and extension of existing mezzanine.
“It’s such an exciting time for a company such as ours to be in Manchester and, with a number of progressive and forward-thinking developments planned for Spinningfields, we really will be in ‘ the eye of the storm’.” said Andrew. “We believe having a presence in Manchester will give us the very best opportunity to expand our contact network and project portfolio.”

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