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40 years of making light work

2016 is an exciting year for everyone connected with DW Windsor. April 12th we celebrated 40 years in business, 40 years of British design and manufacturing and 40 years of working with great people on fantastic projects all around the world. Happy birthday us!   

As part of our 40th birthday celebrations we launched a competition to win a trip of a lifetime; a New York City experience staying in the centre of Times Square with 40 Braun Classic watches for our runners-up. The competition closed on the 10th July. Thank you for all your entries.

Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more. #LightBeginsAt40

Competition terms here.

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Win a bite of the Big Apple…

To celebrate this landmark year, we’re giving away a trip of a lifetime; you could win return flights to New York City, plus three nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel, right on Times Square. And if you’re not the lucky one jetting off to the Big Apple, we’ve also got 40 Braun Classic watches to give away to runners-up.

To enter this exciting competition*, simply fill in your contact details and answer three multiple-choice questions (all answers can be found on this page). The winners will be randomly selected from all correct entries – good luck!

*Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes at 10.06.2016 (extended by one week due to popular demand)

40 things you might not know about us

As you can tell, we’re very proud of our history and our heritage. You probably already know a little about us, but we’re certain there’s a lot more to us than meets the eye. We’ve enjoyed putting our heads together to come up with these 40 interesting facts about us, so we hope you enjoy reading them!

1. DW Windsor was founded by David Webster, a born entrepreneur and child of the war years

2. The DW Windsor name is derived from our founders initials David Webster and the first ever product we manufactured: Windsor

3. The style and name of our Windsor luminaire was inspired by German inventor and one of the first pioneers of gas lighting in the UK, Frederick Albert Windsor (originally Friedrich Albrecht Winzer). Winsor demonstrated the first public street lighting with gas (the gas was a flammable gaseous fuel made from distilling coal) in Pall Mall, London on January 28th, 1807

4. We’re something of an accident: In 1970 Street Lighting Contractor, David Webster Limited of Stansted Abbotts was struggling to find suitable lanterns for cast iron lamp posts, acquired via various modernisation schemes, which he planned to sell on. David began to investigate replica luminaires and in December 1975 we received our first order for 250 lamp posts and 50 lanterns for delivery the following spring

5. DW Windsor was born on April 12th 1976, that’s the day the first production batch of Windsor luminaires began

6. The same month and year that Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parents’ house in Cupertino, California (Happy Birthday to us)

7. Save your Kisses for Me (Brotherhood of Man) was number 1 in the UK charts (and was for 6 weeks)

8. Our first product, a Windsor Street was sold for £160

9. On the 21st April 1977 the company name D.W.Windsor Limited was registered

10. Our first logo featured a Windsor lantern on an Oxford lamppost within what we affectionately came to call our ‘egg’

11. In May 1976 we produced our first ever single product brochure

12. David’s car was often used in early site photography, a Morgan – the 1st of its type to ever be sold to the general public and 2nd of its kind ever manufactured. The Morgan is special due to its wooden frame. David’s son, and DW Windsor shareholder, Tom Webster still owns the car

13. In 1980 Covent Garden, converted from its original marketplace, reopened as an exclusive retail and leisure destination. DW Windsor were proud to design and manufacture the lighting – each lantern was 1.5m tall and were known internally by the name ‘Pineapple’. This was due to the fruit being on the top of each of the lanterns. Little known fact; Covent Garden market was the first place to sell pineapples when they were first brought into Europe

14. If you stacked all of the Windsor Street’s that we’ve sold, in the last 10 years, on top of each other they’d be the same height as 5 Shard’s

15. DW Windsor Group donates 23% of its profits to The David Webster Charitable Trust (UK Charity No. 1055111) – a charity set up to support environmental and conservation projects and the preservation of historic buildings

16. David Webster was the first private sector contractor to be awarded President of the ILE (now ILP)

17. Our flagship product, Windsor, is still made as it was in 1976 – hand-made from Copper using traditional techniques

18. In 1986 we won the contract to light the South Bank of the Thames. Large sphere luminaires and ornate columns which, due to their size and weight, had to be transported by barge

19. We’re proud to have worked on a number of high profile landmark projects include Downing Street, Bluewater Retail Park, Tower Bridge, The Peak in Hong Kong

20. We export to over 44 countries worldwide 21. Tom Webster, David’s son originally joined DW Windsor in 1979 he’s well known within the lighting industry for his contributions, most notably; the ILE guidance notes for the reduction of light pollution, the code of practise for Zebra crossings and Bats and Lighting 22. A number of DW Windsor employees have been with the company for more than 30 years! This even includes more than one member of the same family – and spans the generations 23. In the past we’ve collaborated on the design of luminaires with Speirs and Major and Priestmangoode 24. We worked on the UK’s first Son et Lumiere (sound and light show) : Blackpool Brilliance, 6 giant 9m high marine grade aluminium arches, each spanning 19m and weighing over 8 tonnes 25. In 1989 we launched Diamond Optic® an award-winning and patented reflector technology favoured by local authorities and private sector specifiers alike for flexible, precise lighting control, reduced columns spacing’s and light pollution 26. We’ve won 3 Queens Awards. 1987 for outstanding Export Achievement, 1993 for Environmental Achievement and 2000 for Enterprise, granted in recognition of our continuous achievement in environmental performance for our Diamond Optic® 27. In 1999 we lit the Bluewater retail centre car parks and approach roads. We worked with Mark Major of award-winning Speirs and Major 28. In 2000 we moved to our current purpose-built 3000 sqm £3m operations centre, Pindar Road – which brought together office, factory & storage for the first time 29. We received a Royal Warrant for our Refurbishment and Replica services to the Queen, which we held from 2004 to 2010
30. New products are put through their paces in our in-house, LIA-certified laboratory 31. When England reached the quarter finals of the World Cup in Germany, 2006, a large screen was bought and extended breaks given so that employees could watch the England games 32. Our longest-serving employee is Tim Hughes at 36 years. Tim first started with us on the factory floor (assembly). He has been our IT Manager for 18 years 33. In a recent DW Windsor survey 91% of customers said that they would recommend us 34. We’re a proud member of the Made in Britain campaign, which supports and promotes British manufacturing and enables buyers to identify British made products 35. We work closely with international partners in 19 locations across the globe 36. Our first ever employee Bill Griffiths still occasionally pops in to see us. Having started life in the factory Bill enjoyed his later years as part of our purchasing team 37. We were awarded Millennium Product Status by the Design Council for our Optima luminaire range featuring Diamond Optic® technology 38. In our engineering department we have a state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We’ve achieved ‘approved’ applicator status from our paint manufacturer and have a unique-to-industry low-bake oven to guarantee the quality of our painted products and columns 39. On average our streetlights have a lifespan of in excess of 25 years. 40. It is estimated that 3,404,000 cups of tea have been consumed at the DW Windsor office and factory in the last 40 years