SUTTON company Abacus Lighting has welcomed a visit from leading councillors after being selected as one of the most dynamic firms operating in the county.
Abacus, which specialises in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of exterior lighting systems, threw open its doors to the leader and chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council.
They enjoyed a tour of Abacus’ headquarters, innovation centre and factory and discussed the firm’s growth and its apprenticeship schemes.
Coun Cutts said it was ‘tremendous to see such enthusiasm, energy and success from the company and its employees’.
“We were all very impressed by Abacus’ commitment to Nottinghamshire and its highly skilled and dedicated workforce,” she added this week.
“The company has global aspir
tions and demonstrates that the local economy is very diverse and vibrant.
“We are keen to work with local businesses to promote our county to potential investors and explore how we can work together to increase international trade opportunities for the area.”
The event follows a Royal visit from HRH Prince Andrew only last month.
Abacus was established more than 52 years ago and has its UK headquarters in Sutton.
Andrew Morris-Richardson, Abacus’ Group managing director, said this week: “We were delighted to welcome two prestigious local leaders to Abacus and we are looking forward to taking our discussions forward, particularly on the subject of apprenticeships and supporting local schools which we believe impacts positively on the region as a whole.”
There were also discussions about plans and ambitions for the newly established D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which included Abacus’ Mr Morris-Richardson and Coun Cutts who sits on the Partnership Board.
Coun Cutts was accompanied on the recent trip by County Hall chief executive Mick Burrows, deputy leader Coun Martin Suthers, five members of the authority’s cabinet and economic development manager Matt Lockley.
Abacus has worked on several high-profile projects around the world, and opened a new, state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, in February this year.