My name is Emily Butterill, I started Glow Lighting in April 2015…… I have worked in the lighting industry since leaving school in 1998, beginning in telesales, and working through virtually all departments until I became a director and shareholder in my late fathers’ commercial lighting manufacturing company. Sadly cheap imports, huge competition and serious illness forced the company into administration in September 2013, I then lost my Father three months later following a long battle with cancer. My father was a great advocate of British manufacturing and a huge inspiration to me.
I married young, at age 22 to Mike, (who also has his own lighting company) and we are blessed with three beautiful sons, who are aged 5, 10 and 14.
In 2015, I was about to embark on a career in midwifery, having gained a place at university. I visited an interiors trade show and was so despondent with all the lighting, and it struck me, how could I walk away from everything I have learnt over the last 16 years? And Glow was born!
I have a great love for British manufacturing, a genuine passion for lighting, not to mention a long background in lighting and previous business experience, so I decided, it’s now or never and jumped in both feet first.
Lighting is a really important aspect of both design and functionality in a home, people are becoming more aware of this and spending more time selecting the right lighting for their homes. Using lighting in specific ways can help to make a room feel larger and brighter. Learning to use light enables you to create a perfect balance at home, it can also enhance your mood – I feel a later blog coming on about all this….
I love to use local producers wherever possible and often design my products around the wonderful array of British craftsman we have at our fingertips, this side of Glow is immensely important to me.
Glow is MY baby. It is actually really scary doing it alone. I have a new found respect for friends, family and strangers who set up their own businesses. It takes a great deal of passion, strength, self-exposure and belief.
I have found the experience terrifying, exhilarating, exciting and extremely fulfilling, especially when your plans come together, there’s no feeling like it.