[A] young company based in Windermere has hit its five year target in just two years.
Matt Holmes (34) and Ben Tomlinson (28) set up Epixx in 2014 to supply top of the range audio-visual systems, home cinema, and lighting systems.
They now have a staff of six, with a customer base and a tripled turnover they never imagined would happen till at least 2020.
In two years they have kitted out some of the most impressive homes, hotels and restaurants in Cumbria. They installed sound and lighting systems for the Church Suites at the Cranleigh Hotel, Bowness; and the entire electrical, sound, lighting, music, TV and security systems for the new Fizzy Tarte champagne bar in Bowness.
They are now the main AV contractor for the NW Design Centre in Manchester, the industry leaders for interior fit out and refurbishment projects, who design and manufacture innovative furniture to bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the UK and Europe, and for whose showroom Epixx installed all the AV systems. And they have a new deal to install sound systems in VIP boxes at Leicester Tigers rugby ground.
Epixx operate sustainably, providing options that not only monitor energy usage, but are intelligent enough to adjust the heating or air conditioning to focus on rooms in use and significantly reduce wasted energy.
They work with architects and designers to create lighting and AV systems, controlled automatically allocating light to rooms in use, for energy efficiency, controlled from a single touch screen, remotely using an app, or automated using timers.
They install wirelessly streamed sound systems and TV/ home cinema systems, and install intelligent lighting systems which allow you to set the mood; one setting for watching television, another for reading, another for entertaining, tailored to individual needs.
Their showroom at Special Spaces in Windermere has a revolutionary 3D cinematic sound system demonstrated along with Ultra high definition projection systems. Epixx also install their own security systems which, in addition to being a deterrent against intruders, creates opportunities for smart home integration.
Matt, who is from Bolton le Sands, teamed up Ben, originally from Bentham, who was working on electrical and AV jobs. “I was selling the kit that he was fitting,” says Matt. They then collaborated with Lakeland Fells Furniture, who design and build the surrounding furniture for some of their installations.
“We have different skills but seem to work very well together,” says Ben. “We have worked very hard, but I think we’re both surprised at how successful the business has proved.”
Says Matt: “We are aware that we’re working with technology which is constantly changing, so we create good quality systems which will last a long time, but can be updated.”
They echo the mission statement of Steve Jobs, the personal computer pioneer: “Design is not just what it looks and feels like, design is how it works. All the rooms we create – homes, hotels, offices – look beautiful and everything will operate in harmony.”