Meet the members of our Lumiere Business Club

Posted 06/28/2021

Since the very first Lumiere in 2009, the generous support of the local business community has helped the dazzling installations at the festival come to life.

This year we’ve launched a Lumiere Business Club to enable even more businesses in the North East to get involved by supporting the festival and gaining exciting benefits in return.

Each supporter has their own unique reasons for joining the Lumiere Business Club and their support is invaluable in bringing spectacular installations to Durham and producing an engaging Learning and Participation programme. We’re delighted that these businesses have become supporters of Lumiere by joining the new Business Club.


Gold members


Allies Group are experts in all things creative content, digital marketing and training. They ensure clients businesses are truly flourishing in the ever-changing marketplace. They are your allies when it comes to getting to know your brand, nurturing it and breathing new life into your next venture.

 “We are delighted to have signed up to be a Gold Member of the Lumiere Business Club. Lumiere is a significant part of the North East’s event calendar and after so many challenging months, and event and festival cancellations, we’re thrilled that Lumiere is going ahead. It’s a very special event for the region, and the country, and the Allies Group is proud to be part of it.”

~ Chris March, CEO of Allies Group


Nifco is a Global Functional Plastic Component manufacturer supplying to a vast network of Automotive OEM’s. Established in 1967 in Tokyo, Nifco has expanded into 17 countries with more than 35 production plants and 4 R&D Centres. Nifco UK is based in Eaglescliffe and is home to the Group’s European R&D Centre.

“After being approached by Artichoke we had no hesitation in agreeing to support Lumiere 2021 by becoming a Business Club member. Community involvement is very important at Nifco UK and it is great to see Artichoke supporting local artists, along with international artists, to create wonderful light installations for Lumiere. I am sure this year will be another inspiring, innovative and exciting light festival and attendance is FREE.”

~ Jim Casey, Managing Director at Nifco UK


The journey of North East Times starts way back when, in 1981. The publication has evolved through many faces since then, and now, has a mission to tell inspiring business stories, share insight and drive conversation.


Pattinson Estate Agents was launched by Keith Pattinson on 4th July 1977. With over 42 years of experience within the property sector, they are an industry leader in the North East.


Silver members


Hargreaves Land is the property and land division of Hargreaves Services plc which delivers key projects and services in the property, energy and infrastructure sectors.

“As a local company with a longstanding heritage in the Durham area we are keen to support Lumiere as it is such an important cultural event for our local area, which brings significant positive social and economic benefits. We look forward to seeing the artworks and installations which I am sure will be a fantastic experience for residents and visitors, especially after what has been a difficult year for so many.”

~ David Anderson, Group Property Director at Hargreaves Land


Maven Capital Partners is one of the UK’s leading private equity and property managers, providing a range of funding options to growth focused businesses and a range of attractive opportunities to UK investors. Locally, Maven manages the Finance Durham Fund on behalf of Durham County Council to provide business support and flexible funding packages to businesses located in, or looking to relocate to County Durham.

“As proud supporters of businesses across County Durham and the North East, Maven is delighted to sponsor this year’s Lumiere Festival and be part of this fantastic event. Durham is built on a proud history of innovation and it’s great to be involved in such a powerful event recognising extraordinary light installations.”

~ Michael Vassallo, Investment Director at Maven

Durham Box is a leading independent packaging company. They are constantly evolving to meet the ongoing and future expectations of the leading brands that they work with. They are supported by an experienced and knowledgeable team who have one aim – to ensure that their customers receive the optimum solution to meet their requirements, whether that’s reaching new markets or launching new products.

 “As a Durham resident I’ve thoroughly enjoyed attending Lumiere for many years. It’s a great event for the city and for the wider community, so it’s both a pleasure and a privilege to be able to offer some support.”

~ Dan Morris, Managing Director at Durham Box Company Ltd


Premier Waste Recycling are a waste management company. Tailored waste collection services ensure their clients get solutions that work for them, at a cost-effective price to suit their business. With waste management facilities in both Durham and Leeds, they cover West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the North East of England.

“A truly excellent local event which Premier Waste Recycling are proud to support”

~ Tony Burnett, General Manager at Premier Waste Recycling


Harlands Accountants engineer change – controlling today’s finances and charting tomorrow’s ambitions.


Bronze members


UMi makes it easier for businesses to do more and go further. It does this by finding and packaging the best information, expertise and finance to help customers make better businesses decisions, quicker. Since 2007, the employee-owned company has worked with more than 450,000 businesses, helped leverage £650m of private sector investment, supported growth that has created or safeguarded over 30,000 jobs, and facilitated contract wins in excess of £30m.

 “At UMi, we are hugely excited to be supporting Lumiere 2021 as part of its Business Club. Since its inception in 2009, we have watched in amazement at how this spectacular outdoor event has developed. The dazzling art installations that illuminate the historic architecture of Durham City never fail to impress, and their appeal is shown by the sizable audience that returns again and again. By establishing itself as a mainstay in the region’s event calendar, Lumiere provides an important economic boost, while its supporting programme helps maximise involvement of the local community too. At UMi, we work with businesses to do more and go further, and we can’t wait to see how Lumiere does more and goes further in 2021.”

~ Nicki Clark, Chief Executive at UMi


Waterstons blends technology with strategy, helping to free the future potential of brilliant people and brilliant organisations. They have been doing it for almost three decades, forging trusted, long-term partnerships with ambitious organisations around the world.

“Supporting Lumiere gives us an opportunity to showcase what a fabulous place Durham is to live and work, for clients and colleagues alike, and gives us an opportunity to share in the limelight”


Galley & Tindle are a proactive & forward thinking firm of Accountants, Business and Tax Advisers in Durham. Their main aim is to become an integral part of your financial strategy.


Knight Frank Your Partner in Property.


HBD take on ambitious developments across the UK. The sectors they work in are diverse, but all their projects share their goal of creating places with purpose.


Smart Outdoor was founded in 2019, by Mark Catterall. Mark is an expert in Out-Of-Home advertising with decades of experience. He has a passion for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this ever-changing industry.


Membership of the Lumiere Business Club is available from £500 + VAT, with three distinct tiers, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each offering attractive press, marketing, networking and staff engagement benefits.


To see all of our current members, please visit our supporters page. 

To find out more about the Lumiere Business Club and how you can join this growing network, please contact:

Phoebe Light, Development Coordinator

020 4526 3642

[email protected]