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Our year in review 2016

So it’s that time of year again, the time when we all start to regret overindulging over Christmas and start making promises we know we’ve no intention of keeping (but honestly never even looking at a tin of Roses again may have been a bit unrealistic)! But before we get completely caught up looking forward, we thought we’d take a moment and look back at what a year we’ve had!

So why not join us in this jaunt down memory lane… ? First stop: the BIBAs awards. This accomplishment wasn’t that long ago, but it’s probably one of our biggest triumphs to date. Back at the start of the year, we decided we were going to take some gambles and start “putting ourselves out there”; let’s face it, we’re not getting any younger! So we entered the BIBAs, for those of you who don’t know BIBAs stands for the ‘Be Inspired Business Awards – Lancashire’s premier business awards. After months of interviews and visits from judges, the night was finally here, and on Friday the 16th September we won small business of the year for 2016.

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After our BIBAs win, we decided to take our award-winning team back to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas in Manchester, for the third year running. However, there were some slight changes to the setup again this year, as this time we were the official lights supplier for both the Ideal Home Show in Manchester and their show in London.

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Now let’s cast our minds back even further, back to July of this year (the 21st to be exact) when we went through the biggest makeover of our lives! Think Vivian in Pretty Woman or Alison in The Breakfast Club… in other words, this was big! But instead of Richard Gere paying for our shopping, we had our new friends at Skywire Studios do a complete overhaul on our website. If you’ve been with us for a while, then you’re sure to have noticed at least a couple of major changes.

Speaking of makeovers, it’s not just our online site that’s gone through some changes this year … our warehouse in Wigan also went through a major transformation. Every year, we buy more and more products that we know you’ll all love, but each year our warehouse gets more and more cramped, and with all the extra staff we hire around Christmas, we knew something had to change. So to guarantee our stock holding capacity, we invested in a 25,000 sq ft extension to our warehouse. This provided us with the space for all our fantastic products and a brand new state-of-the-art conveyor belt, which made getting your lights out in time for Christmas much easier!

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All in all, we’ve had a pretty eventful year, all working towards making your experience with us better than ever. But don’t think this is the end, we’ve already got lots of exciting things planned for next year so watch this space to see what 2017 brings for Festive Lights. In the meantime, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas and enjoy a brilliant New Year!