2020 will be remembered for many reasons but for Floodlighting & Electrical it will be branded as the year we adapted, developed and nurtured our business.
This piece looks to reflect on the year 2020, share a wonderful story from 2021 and explore how Floodlighting came to adapt its services in a time of uncertainty.
Cardiff Roath Park Lighthouse
Before we reflect on 2020, we wanted to share a recent and indeed, heart-warming project we worked on with Roath Park Lighthouse.
25 years ago, we completed the first lighting installation at Roath Park and were absolutely honoured to return to work on a very special project with them. After a devoted Cardiff husband paid to refurbish Roath Park’s lighthouse in memory of his wife and mother who died last year, we had the privilege of lighting it up.
We designed and installed new LED lighting on the inside of the clocktower and around the outside to bring a vision to life. We hope whenever he and the people of Cardiff view it, they feel warmed.
Like many businesses, when Covid-19 hit, we had a transient moment of wondering “how are we going to operate?” How are we going to install and provide floodlighting maintenance? Are we going to be able to install Christmas lights? Will we be able to continue to light up sports venues?
In order to prioritise our safety and wellbeing, we adapted first as people. Then came the zoom meetings and remote working. For the jobs that could not be done remotely, the team always ensured social distancing measures were in place.
When life was able to “move” a little again in the summer months of 2020, we had some catching up to do at our new HQ.
Partnership announcements with FAW and Tennis Wales
In July, Floodlighting and Electrical became the official sponsor of The Football Association of Wales, Southern Ardal League– a regional division made up of thirty two clubs. We were keen to align ourselves with an organisation that shares the same goals and values as we do and are extremely excited about this partnership. We are already busy working closely with clubs across Wales, completing annual lux level tests for the FAW and the JD Cymru Premier Clubs as well as preparing grass roots clubs lighting systems ready for when football can commence. (Please note, once again football has been delayed so It Is looking more and more like a cancelled season this year)
Later in the year, we were thrilled to announce our partnership with Tennis Wales. Tennis Wales are on a mission to open up the sport for everybody across Wales and we are delighted to be supporting the process by helping communities “Step into the Light” and play tennis indoors and outdoors.
These partnerships truly encapsulate Floodlighting and Electricals continued commitment to sport in Wales, from elite levels, right through to the grass roots of the game.
Christmas Lights 2020
For the majority of us, Christmas 2020 looked a little different. In partnership with Cardiff Council, we made sure the streets of Cardiff were able to "Step into the Light" with Christmas festivities for another year.
Our contract with Cardiff Council saw the team come together for 10 weeks of hard graft, culminating in lighting up 25 streets around Cardiff.
Once using golf-ball lamps strung across rope, we have evolved our lighting solutions and progressed to LED lights which have greater longevity, are brighter and much more energy efficient.
To aid the process, Floodlighting recruited 3 new operatives to deliver lighting projects over Christmas, offering employment opportunities for some whose jobs were affected when the pandemic hit.
Much to our delight, Floodlighting has been awarded the contract by Cardiff Council to install the city’s Christmas lights for the next three years. We hope the coming years’ displays will be a little more social and a little less distanced.
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. They are a wonderful charity and the work they do is admirable and genuinely inspiring.
In December 2020, the charity put out an appeal for outdoor lighting in order for inpatients to enjoy Christmas displays from their rooms. Along with local community groups, we volunteered to make that happen and installed icicle lighting throughout Bridgeman Road gardens in Penarth, South Wales.
We were delighted to show our support as a small “thank you” for the wonderful work the team at the Marie Curie hospice provides in caring for people with terminal illness. We hope that the decorations brought some festive cheer to the patients, families and staff at the hospice at the end of a particularly difficult year.
Finally, thank you, our customers, for your continued support after what has been a disruptive and challenging year. We will continue to keep you updated throughout 2021 with the new and exciting projects we have taken on.
On behalf of the team here at Floodlighting and Electrical,