Attention schools! Modernise with green energy through Salix funding.

Our schools and colleges are the arenas where future generations learn vital information, including how to protect our planet. Their learning environment is crucial to educational success, but when budgets are stretched, finding money to improve school facilities can be tough. The problem is that if you’re teaching young people about green energy and the need to be conscious of environmental concerns, as educators you need to practice what you preach. So, how can you bring your organisation in line with green energy goals without breaking the bank?

Introducing the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

Fortunately, the Department of Education has identified this financial pressure on schools and colleges, so uses Salix to help ease the...

Considering grant-funded green lighting? Install is included!

Green energy is the future and to incentivise businesses to switch to LED lighting, there are grants available to help you meet the cost. We’ve already run through these options and their fantastic benefits in a previous blog (which you can read here), but did you know that this funding includes the cost of installing your new lighting too? At Oliver Lamps, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for our customers, guiding them through the whole process from grant application to selecting lighting to installation. The great news is that you can claim up to 25% of the entire job from regional grant bodies, which is a huge saving and a great incentive to go green ASAP. Our installation service is designed to make your life as eas...

Oliver Lamps sponsor Burnham Market Primary School Fundraiser

Children at Burnham Market Primary School are set to get new outdoor learning and play facilities, thanks to a massive fundraising drive by the local community. Oliver Lamps has come on board to cover the printing costs for tickets and will donate prizes to the raffle, which will be held on 16th March 2019. This event labelled ‘Super Saturday’, will see the school’s Parent Teacher Association work with Burnham Market’s businesses to deliver an unforgettable day of music, food and fun. Having spent many years working in Burnham Market and being part of the local community, this is a cause that felt very close to our hearts. “We’re delighted to help the children of Burnham Market Primary School to raise money for such a ...

Restaurant owners, are your customers feeling the love?

If all goes to plan, on Valentine’s Day your restaurant will be filled with loved-up couples enjoying a romantic feast and toasting their happiness with delicious wines. If you get it right, they’ll remember what a great night out they had at your establishment and be back soon to enjoy your hospitality again – as well as recommending you to their friends. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as turning happy customers into ambassadors, who go out into the world and tell everyone how great your place is. So, how can you make your diners fall in love with your restaurant all year round? We’ve got some suggestions.

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Get paid to be green – and future-proof your business lighting!

energy efficiency grant
Did you know that you could be eligible for grant funding to improve the energy efficiency of your business? Too many organisations have no idea they could secure financial help and miss out on the opportunity to make the switch to green energy. You may have read about the importance of clean energy and sustainability to secure the future of our planet, and there are initiatives out there to make it simple and affordable to do your bit. It doesn’t matter if you are running a factory, a school, a restaurant or any other type of SME, it’s worth checking if you qualify for grant funding. Here at Oliver Lamps, we’re committed to helping our customers navigate the process, and we’re here if you want our assistance to future-proof ...

Are you ready to transform your home in 2019?

Don’t you just love the blank slate of a new year? There's so much promise and potential, and the colder months give you the chance to nest and get cosy, Hygge-style, at home. If you are anything like us, getting your house organised, making home improvements or even getting ready to move is top of the agenda. Here are some ideas of how lighting can help you transform where you already live for a low cost, or be an area where you can make brilliant savings if you are on the move.

Make nights in feel special

January usually means empty bank accounts and booze bans, but staying in doesn’t have to be a punishment. With a bit of creative thinking, you can invoke the perfect restaurant atmosphere in your own home. It doesn’t matter w...

Calling new mums and dads – this light sale is perfect for night feeds!

Do you have a young baby who wakes up in the night demanding a feed but struggles to get back to sleep? We understand. As much fun as you’re having with your new bundle of joy, there’s nothing smile-worthy about disrupted nights and no rest. For some parents, the problem comes when they need to negotiate bottle or boob feeding and require light to do it but find the one they’ve chosen shines too brightly. Baby can’t rest after being exposed to too much glow, and that means no shut-eye for you either. Don’t worry, you are not alone – and we’ve helped plenty of our customers facing this night feed conundrum. So, settle into your chair and take five minutes to have a gander at these fab solutions that will give you the illumi...

Be merry and bright this Christmas – with our sparkling deals!

The festive season is in full swing and in all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that little touches can make a massive difference to the Christmas ambience. That’s why at Oliver Lamps, we’ve assigned ourselves the role of chief lightbulb elf so that you can focus on all the other essential things on your Christmas list. Everybody loves the cosy, twinkly effect of lights on the Christmas tree, so we’re going to assume you’ve got that one covered. Instead, take a look at these brilliant bulbs that will ensure your yule is perfectly lit.

The ‘Hello, Santa’ Auto Sensor

No-one works harder than Mr Claus on Christmas Eve, and with all that sloping about in the dark, it must be a nightmare to see where you are going. That’...

The lightbulb moment a business was born – and what our heritage means for our customers

Our 60th anniversary is a diamond year for Oliver Lamps – and we’ve been inspired by just how special that is for our customers, too. Our business was born when founder Harold Oliver O.B.E hit a lighting problem at his public house and decided to find the solution himself. Since then, we have put our customers first, seeking out lighting options that will deliver the results they need and providing exceptional service. As we look back at six decades in the business, we’re proud to have built a reputation for quality and care. Here’s what the story of our past means for our customers of today.

Back in the day:

During the Second World War, Squadron Leader Harold Oliver O.B.E served in the Royal Air Force. Like many of our ...

Shining a light on LED: five myths debunked

Forget incandescent bulbs and wave goodbye to halogen, the future of lighting belongs to LED. Light-emitting diodes (LED) are an electronic light source that offers significant benefits to the consumer and the environment. What’s interesting is that, despite being more energy efficient and, therefore, cost-effective, some consumers still don’t buy LED bulbs. The big question is - why not? It’s our job to make sure our customers are clued up about the best lighting for their premises or home. What can be surprising is that many people don’t know the benefits of LED, or they’ve heard some tall tales about the cons of switching over. That’s why we’re ready to debunk the myths surrounding LED so that you can make an informe...