A shared passion for quality and design brought John Fearon and James Bassant together in 1997 to form Astro Lighting. The company supplies contemporary bathroom, interior, exterior and LED lighting, and designs and prototypes every product in-house.
It is a truly international business. “Astro exports at least 50% of its turnover to more than 34 countries,” says John, Astro’s Managing Director. “Over the next five years, Astro expects to further its reputation as a complete supplier for lighting projects, and to become established in the US and other countries where there are particularly attractive growth opportunities.” Astro Lighting’s success in international trade was officially recognised when it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2013, winning the International Trade category. With continued international expansion, Astro forecasts workforce growth of about 60% in the next five years. The company couldn’t have achieved all of this without its ongoing dedication to innovation. When John and James first started out, they noted the limited choice in bathroom lighting within the industry. This area has since become their specialism.
60% workforce growth is forecast by the company in the next five years
“Astro has been pioneering in its development of splash-proof bathroom lighting, a sector in which it can boast Europe’s most comprehensive range,” says John.
With continued advances in this area and robust growth in hospitality and high-end domestic lighting, Astro Lighting is on a strong path. “Set your quality bar high,” John advises. “Knowledge is everything – you need to understand the market you plan to enter. And always act with integrity, because you can never overestimate the value of reputation.”
- Sector: Wholesale
- Region: Essex