Lighting Solutions For Commercial Environments
The Prolight Design you see today is a far cry from our initial incarnation, founded way back in November 1991.
In those days we ran the business out of one 6ft x 4ft garden shed in Swindon, not the most glamorous of venues it has to be said. But every company has to start somewhere.
Business grew steadily: one-off contracts and bespoke jobs soon meant we needed to leave the shed behind for pastures new. Our next home was nestled within the old Triumph Lingerie Factory, again in Swindon. Stockings and light fittings aren’t necessarily a natural fit, but we took what space we could and it served its purpose well..
The business grew steadily over the next twelve months, we were able to employ a secretary, and moved again, this time into the brick-arched cellar of an old dairy at Dauntsey Banks, Nr Lyneham. Damp and dingy are the best words to describe that unit. This new location actually gave us the space we needed to cater to larger orders, and it was here that our long association with River Island – our first major contract – started. Our first order with them was for the manufacture of one lighting head. We’re now their exclusive lighting supplier nationwide.
River Island was great business for us, so much so that they remained our sole customer for a number of years. Despite the great relationship we forged with them, we realised that was a dangerous game. In 1999 we took a step back and worked out a strategy to spread our customer base. Within a month or so, we had won New Look’s lighting contract. Having two huge high-street retailers as clients certainly helped open more doors and as opportunities came, we found ourselves searching for bigger, better premises again. That’s when we bought a brand new unit in Devizes, our home to this day – designing and building a custom office warehouse layout from scratch.
From shed to your favourite high-street shop: our lights, fittings and designs can be found in the likes of Burberry, Schuh, Lush, JD Sports, KFC to name just a few. Quite a trip from a backyard in Swindon to a £5million turnover last year. Every positive step along the way has been made possible by our passion for creating the best lighting solutions for every single one of our clients, and the hard-work and dedication of our incredible team.
We’re a friendly bunch so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And why not come and meet us too?
Rob Rowe is the founder of Finely Tuned Ride (FTR), which started life as a mobile bicycle repair business. Having ridden bikes since childhood, Rob went on to competing in the early 90’s, participating, and winning trophies in, trials, downhill (DH), cross country (XC) and road disciplines. He is also no stranger to event organisation having been a member of the Cornwall Mountain Bike Club back in the day before more recently joining the Salisbury Plain Area Mountain (SPAM) Bike club.These club memberships have resulted in Rob organising events local to each area.
Rob’s technical skills have been acquired over most of his life; firstly fixing his own bikes before working as a bikeshop mechanic in the early/mid 90’s. He then went on to train as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer and has over ten years experience within the aviation industry. Having provided informal support to the TORQ Performance Mountain Bike team and at Twentyfour12 Mountain Bike endurance events in the past, and thanks to the fickle nature of the aviation industry, Rob decided to put all his efforts into establishing his own business within the cycling industry and FTR was born.
Since concentrating on providing services to the cycling industry Rob has gained numerous qualifications, so no matter what service you require you know FTR are suitably qualified and experienced. Qualifications include:
- Cytech Technical 1 & 2
- CTC skills coach
- MIAS Leader
- First aider (REC)
- British Cycling Leader 2 (Sky Rides)
- BikeAbility instructor
- CRB checked
On moving to Urchfont in July 2010, Rob soon established himself as a first stop for local cyclists within the village and surrounding areas due to his mechanical expertise and high level of customer service. Two and a half years later and Finely Tuned Ride acquired its own premises; still within the village of Urchfont, the Finely Tuned Ride workshop is co-located with Wildmans of Urchfont. Having premises is a win-win situation in that it delivers a better environment within which to work, as well as enabling customers to drop by at their convenience as opposed to previously having to make an appointment.
The mobile service has been wound down due to expansion of the premises and opening of a showroom (Aug 2015) and taking on the great range of bike from Lapierre! This has enabled FTR to hold and display a greater range of bikes, accessories and components. In parallel, this has freed up space in the fully equipped workshop increasing capacity and reduced turn-around times on workshop jobs, all helping to get you, the customer, back on the road/trails quickly. There is still a pick up and drop off service available in the Devizes area for a small fee.
In addition to bicycle repairs, Rob provides a variety of services; ranging from looking after a previous Commonwealth and Olympic Mountain Biker as part of the British National Mountain Bike Series, supporting the Welsh Junior Road Cycling Team during their European and Domestic campaign, to teaching local children how to be safe on the roads as one of Wiltshire’s Bikeability Instructors.
Rob is also able to offer rider skills courses and maintenance courses for those who would like to become a little more skilled in either aspect.
Happy riding, Rob