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Q & A with Lawrence Benjamin, Commercial Director at Forum Lighting Solutions

  • Tell us Briefly about the History of Forum Lighting Solutions

Forum, a member of the Cascade Holding group has 60+ years of experience in the lighting industry. From its inception self-manufacturing and ‘bending metal’ to being the leading innovators of today, Forum has adopted the mastery of design, concept and manufacture through to delivery. Based in Manchester, we distribute our products to the UK and Ireland.

  • What Separates Forum from its competitors?

Forum and Cascade Holdings control the production of lighting from concept, through design and final manufacture to ensure we deliver the highest quality of goods to our customers. Further, becoming the UK distributor of the globally recognised brand of Stanley® is certainly unique in the UK market. This relationship and shared values of, ‘quality, reliability, innovation and value’ has contributed to Forum’s augmentation and uniqueness among our competitors.

  • What have been the most successful products this year to date?

Our most successful product this year has been the Coast range. Living on an Island – it of course has its challenges of manufacturing lighting that can withstand coastal air.  It was obvious from customer feedback that there was a gap in the current lighting industry to accommodate affordable and quality products specifically catered for coastal areas.  Our range of anti-corrosion products constructed of Polycarbonate material  incorporate marine-grade stainless steel 316 screws with an IP rating of at least IP44 undoubtedly endure the harsh coastal conditions. It is for this reason that our customer-driven range has become the most successful.

  • What are your plans for the rest of 2017 moving into 2018?

We hope to continue our relationship with existing customers and of course develop new ones. In the short future we plan to introduce smart lighting to our range with Bluetooth and Wireless capabilities and improve existing products with integral LED’s.