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HSL Extends the Family

October 2015

GLS Lighting is set to join Blackburn, UK-based lighting and visuals rental company, HSL. The partnership will see GLS’s business continue to function exactly as normal but with access to HSL’s vast resources of equipment, personnel, knowledge, expertise, backup and support.

The GLS day-to-day operation will further benefit from sharing HSL’s administration infrastructure. 


“It’s fantastic to welcome GLS as part of our healthy and growing family,” said HSL’s MD Simon Stuart. “We are all like-minded individuals, passionate about what we do, dedicated to providing the very best and highest quality services and solutions for all our clients worldwide and ensuring that the HSL Group stays at the forefront of a fast-moving, people-orientated industry.”


Stuart emphasised that there are numerous synergies between the two companies, and that fundamental to the deal is that GLS will not be absorbed or disappear into the “vortex” of a larger parent company. He commented: “GLS is simply joining a bigger family full of positive energy and forward thinkers who share the same core values and future visions for success in the industry.”


GLS Director Ian Turner added: “There are so many parallels in attitude and style between HSL and GLS and, while spiritually it is a highly logical move to join forces, most importantly for our client base, it frees up all of us to do what we love best - being out there on the front-line and building strong, productive and enjoyable relationships.” 


The deal gives HSL the geographical advantage of now having a facility located on the south coast in addition to the Blackburn HQ and satellite operations in Belfast and Dublin. This will further streamline HSL’s physical structure, provide more opportunities for growth and be an ideally placed operational base to service London, the south of England and Wales, as well as parts of Western Europe with access to nearby ports.


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