Solar Solve Marine celebrates 40 years in the region

Julie, David, John and Lilian Lightfoot (all seated) with their 80 guests ready to celebrate the family's 40th Anniversary at the Sea Hotel, South Shields.
Julie, David, John and Lilian Lightfoot (all seated) with their 80 guests ready to celebrate the family's 40th Anniversary at the Sea Hotel, South Shields.

A South Tyneside company has been celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Solar Solve Marine, which is now based at Tyne Dock East, South Shields, began life as Northern Window Blind Company trading from a shop unit in Sunderland in 1975.

John, Lilian, Julie and David Lightfoot from the company, were recently joined by 80 other people to celebrate the anniversary of the family business .

The event took place at the Sea Hotel, South Shields, and was attended by all the company’s employees, Lightfoot family members and friends, local civic dignitaries, and business associates.

In his welcome speech, company chairman John Lightfoot said: “Forty years in anything is an occasion worth celebrating and 40 years of a family being closely involved in their own business truly is a significant achievement. It is one that all four of us are extremely proud of, as indeed are many other members of our wider family and good friends whose support we have always enjoyed.”

“However, it is the team of people employed within the family business who make it the success that it is and always has been, especially since it became Solar Solve Marine 28 years ago and went on to become the marine industry’s worldwide leading brand of anti-glare roller sunscreens and specialist roller blinds. An achievement that we have retained for more than a quarter of a century and still keep today.”

“We are a global brand leader and really delighted that Solar Solve’s Headquarters are located in our home town in South Tyneside.”

The chairman then presented 15 employees, whose service with the company range from 5 to 24 years, with a gold sovereign dated 2015.