Pair prove to be a shining light

Two former design students are turning to spotlight on a new venture.

David Milligan, from Tynemouth, and business partner Will Sutton, originally from Lincoln, are set to launch a range of table lamps which can be personalised to feature to profile or the recipient’s face.

Herbie & Lils meets a real gap in the market for stylish and individual home accessories

David Milligan

The pair came up with the idea after Will struggled to find a novel gift for his young nephew and niece.

Setting up ‘Herbie & Lils’ – named after Will’s nephew and niece – they were given support from North Tyneside Council’s Business Factory.

They now have range of table lamps featuring prominent figures including The Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and Alfred Hitchcock.

David said: “Herbie & Lils meets a real gap in the market for stylish and individual home accessories and draws upon our backgrounds.”

He added: “There are a number of initiatives out there for people looking to establish their own business but after meeting Leon Howe at The Business Factory, we knew the Ideas to Market team could provide us with specialist knowledge and expertise.

“As well as offering guidance and insight into a range of areas including the protection of our ideas through Design Registrations and Patents as well as the development of our website, they ensured that we pushed our ideas forward, considered all our options and left no stone unturned.”

Will said: “Lighting is an incredibly important element when it comes to interior design; not only does it need to be functional but it must help create the right feel to a room.

“By creating the lamp stand from a person’s profile we have been able to turn a practical, everyday item into something unique, stylish and desirable which can transform a room and create a real talking point.”

For more information on how to start your own business, contact The Business Factory on (0191) 605 3110 or

For more information on Herbie & Lils please visit Prices start from £85.