Nick Griffiths


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Nick Griffiths is a British entrepreneur. Nick started Any Old Lights in 2014 and is based in Fowey, Cornwall, UK.[1]

Nick Griffiths, founder of Any Old LightsNick Griffiths, founder of Any Old Lights

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Any Old Lights

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Any Old Lights

Nick started Any Old Lights in 2014. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Any Old Lights?

I must have written millions of words in my lifetime - for magazines, newspapers and my books - and I loved every minute of it. But kids come along and maybe the city life isn’t ideal for them growing up.

> That’s the beauty of starting a business - you have to cram knowledge into your aching grey matter, day in, day out. And it’s really exciting. So new and different and initially bewildering. But cracking it is a major buzz.

So in Summer 2011, my family moved to Cornwall, a delightful and quirky county that takes up the final chunk bottom-left of the map of England, where my wife, Sinead, had grown up. Now the kids have beaches and boats and crabbing. And I had…

...To reboot my entire career.

I took a course in WordPress web design and started building websites. One was for a fledgling online vintage lighting business, set up by my friend, Patrick. I came up with the name, built the site, and within weeks we had orders coming in. Including one to Hong Kong! We were gobsmacked.

Patrick asked if I wanted to become a joint director, and in the absence of any better ideas, I said Yes. I knew nothing about lighting (though I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, I could barely wire a plug), less so vintage lighting. I remember when we opened a pop-up shop during our first winter in business, people coming in, discussing vintage lighting brands, and me nodding sagely (blankly), thinking: I’m going to need to learn a lot of stuff.

And I did. That’s the beauty of starting a business - you have to cram knowledge into your aching grey matter, day in, day out. And it’s really exciting. So new and different and initially bewildering. But cracking it is a major buzz.

Patrick left Any Old Lights early in 2016 and I gained a new co-director: my wife!

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These days, I am actually an expert in vintage lighting - a veritable mine of information! Who’d have thought it? Certainly not me.

Source [1]

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