A leading Shropshire supplier of office furniture and stationery literally ‘saw the light’ when they were invited to apply for a grant.

For the business resource efficiency grant – from the European Regional Development Fund – couldn’t have come at a better time for Chrisbeon Office Supplies of Telford.

They were planning a major refurbishment of their 3,000 sq ft showroom at Stafford Park and applied to Telford & Wrekin Council for the resource efficiency grant.

Chrisbeon were successful and installation of the new energy efficient lighting has just been completed in both their showroom and warehouse.

Chrisbeon has installed 31 600mm square LED panels in the showroom and seven high bay LED warehouse lights. 

The installation in the warehouse will give Chrisbeon a saving of 4.75 tonnes of C02 as well as over 8700 kwh of electricity giving a payback of one and a half years.

The showroom saving is 1.36 tonnes of carbon footprint and 500 kwh of electricity with a pay back of four and a half years.

The energy efficient lights were purchased from Digiland, also of Stafford Park, who Chrisbeon met at a Shropshire Chamber of Commerce business exhibition.

Digiland, who recently launched their new LED lighting business, advised Chrisbeon on the lighting requirements and how much energy – including carbon footprint – could be saved.

Said Richard Hughes, a partner of Chrisbeon Office Supplies:  “Digiland showed us their new range of LED lighting at the Chamber exhibition and demonstrated the environmental benefits as well as the savings that could be made.

“It was perfect timing because the new lighting fitted in with our showroom refurbishment programme.  As a result, our various product displays are lit more brightly and we are looking forward to the future savings we shall be making.”

Telford & Wrekin Council advise that the fund is now closed.  However, a fund which encompasses the business resource efficiency grant is due to be launched shortly.

Partner Richard Hughes (right) sees a brighter light for Chrisbeon.  On the left is Steve Churchill, Business Development Manager, Digiland.