Whitecroft Lighting welcomed local MP Angela Rayner to its Ashton-under-Lyne headquarters on Friday morning - 10th March.
Ms. Rayner, the Member of Parliament for Ashton, Failsworth and Droylsden, and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, was greeted by Managing Director David Serif and members of his management team, before taking a tour of the factory floor.
Ms. Rayner took the opportunity to discover how the company designs and manufactures some of the UK’s highest quality commercial lighting, chatted to people from across the business, before visiting Whitecroft’s recently opened Social Hub.
Whitecroft has been manufacturing commercial lighting in Ashton for around 80 years and employs around 400 people, 350 of which live within 15 minutes’ drive of its Ashton office.
The company has built a strong reputation for lighting education and healthcare projects and promoting product circularity in recent years but can design and manufacture lighting for most offices and commercial settings.
Angela said: “It was great to visit the site and meet the team to see how they manufacture lighting on such a large scale. One of the team told me that the global group’s one millionth light engine was manufactured at the Ashton site in 2016 – that’s some achievement!
“The team have won lots of industry awards in recent years which shows their dedication and commitment to being leaders in their field. I am very proud to have such an exciting and innovative business within my constituency.”
Whitecroft’s recently confirmed Managing Director David Serif said: “We were delighted to have Angela visit Whitecroft Lighting in her capacity as MP for Ashton-under-Lyne.
“It was a great opportunity to present to her our ambitious investment plans for the next few years and discuss some of the big issues around the training and development of a modern manufacturing workforce.
“Angela showed a genuine interest in our people and gave us some practical advice on how to further improve our relationship with the local community.”