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White Light is Searching for Apollo at V & A Museum

On Monday 13th November, some of the biggest music acts of all time gathered at the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy – Searching for Apollo. Created by acclaimed British Photographer Alistair Morrison and musician Roger Daltrey, Searching For Apollo is a piece of artwork which features photos of some of the greatest rock legends of all time. The historical photograph aims to support Daltrey’s charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. As an approved supplier to the V & A Museum, White Light was called upon to provide the technical support on the evening.

The event was overseen by WL’s Project Manager Phil Gladman. He comments: “The Adoration Trilogy – Searching For Apollo is a unique legacy photograph featuring over 70 of the most iconic music legends of the past five decades as street buskers. Our brief was to light the piece and ensure that it looked as magnificent as possible for its unveiling within the V & A”.

The artwork is presented as a 4 x 5 metre altarpiece-style structure, with a jukebox at its base - allowing viewers to enjoy their favourite music whilst reflecting on this impressive contemporary art piece. As part of its brief, WL also had to create a support frame in which the piece could be positioned during its construction on site. Phil explains: “We had to supply and erect two scaff towers in order for the piece to be put into place. That said, due to the V & A being open to the public, we had to put half of this in during the morning and then later that evening before the event itself”.

The evening took place in the Raphael Gallery with more than 350 people in attendance. These included music legends such as Ray Davies, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Donovan and Ali Campbell.

Following the drinks reception and unveiling of the piece, there was a live performance by Donovan, Joolz Jones and Danny Thompson. WL supplied the microphones, loud speakers and audio mixer for the live performances. WL also had to provide additional atmospheric lighting throughout the space.

Phil comments: “Having frequently worked at the V & A Museum, we have an intimate knowledge of the various spaces within the building. As a result, whenever we are asked to work there, we are able to draw on this experience and ensure that any event achieves its potential; as seen on this occasion”.

The artwork is the first in the Trilogy, with influential women musicians being featured in the second piece and the third work depicting today’s rising stars.


Julius Rutherfoord & Co win eminent European award for focus on training

London specialist in cleaning and soft FM services provision, Julius Rutherfoord & Co has won the ‘Commitment to and investment in training’ award at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2017. The awards, which recognise standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide, took place at a gala dinner in Rome on 9 November.

The judging criteria looked for evidence of a commitment to training that goes beyond the basic skills to do the job. Entrants needed to provide examples of how their training programme encompasses elements that enable their employees to develop personally, expand their knowledge, progress within their environment and in turn enhance the service they are offering to their clients.

Marcus Heap, Sales and Marketing Director at Julius Rutherfoord & Co said: “Training is at the heart of everything we do to encourage staff success and ensure we provide exceptional client service. We are honoured therefore to be recognised for our continued commitment to training in these prestigious awards.”

All staff start Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s Career Path to Success programme within its British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Accredited Training Academy, at its home in Battersea. Employees continue to receive ‘on the job’ training that is tailored to meet the specific needs of its discerning clients.

Every training session is carried out, recorded, and reported on through Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s bespoke contract management app. This award-winning app enables trainers to carry out site-specific coaching, on a scheduled basis. For complete transparency a record of the training is instantly reported to the client, giving them peace of mind that their cleaning operatives are up-to-date on everything from the latest cleaning methodology, to health and safety law and best practice.

Julius Rutherfoord and Co was shortlisted in three other categories at the awards. These were ‘Excellence in Client and Contractor Partnerships’ (with client, the Design Museum); ‘Workforce – Excellence in Employee Relationships, Training, Diversity and Inclusion, Rewards Programmes’; and ‘Best Use of Technology by Contractors in their Cleaning Programme.’

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UK tech firm wins major innovation award from energy institute

Energy technology company Extreme Low Energy (ELe) has won a major prize at this year’s Energy Institute Awards.

The firm, which recently moved to new headquarters in Lancashire, was presented with the 2017 Energy Institute Innovation Award by England Rugby Union World Cup winner Matt Dawson MBE at a ceremony in London.

Its project to install revolutionary low-energy PCs at two Merseyside schools was hailed by the Energy Institute’s judges as this year’s most innovative, beating competition from both UK and overseas companies.

Professor John Loughhead OBE, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, led the judging panel, saying:

“The Innovation Award looks for new concepts, ideas and solutions that can show a proven practical application to an issue faced by the energy industry.”

Mark Buchanan, founder and owner of ELe, said:

“We’re delighted and proud to have received this significant award for innovation and recognition from the Energy Institute, having beaten strong competition from the UK, Canada and the Middle East.

“Our project related to reducing energy consumption for ICT in schools, delivering a simplified, more manageable, ICT suite and offering new learning and teaching opportunities alongside a richer digital experience.

“ICT infrastructures are already responsible for a significant proportion of electricity consumed, typically around 25% of an organisation’s energy usage, so we looked to develop a solution to help schools address these challenges whilst fulfilling the increasing technological demands of the curriculum.”

This latest recognition follows previous award wins for ELe in the GREAT Faces of British Business Competition, Merseyside Innovation Awards and Liverpool Echo Green Champions Awards.

The project saw ELe and its partner Hi-Impact work to install a DC infrastructure and overhaul the existing computer systems within two primary schools in Wirral on Merseyside significantly reducing their energy usage and carbon footprints.

In order to win, ELe had to present an innovation showing a major advance or development with strong, cost-effective or cost-saving prospects, plus a clear demonstration of its benefits over existing methods.

ELe’s DC micro-grid systems for schools typically run on 70% less energy than existing technologies and, when combined with the firm’s patented battery systems, the combined solution allows for the most efficient adoption of alternative energy solutions, eliminating the need for mains electricity and allowing customers to operate either partially or fully off-grid.

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