General News | 15th April 2008

Abacus put Notts in spotlight

Notts Outlaws will be up in lights after Abacus Lighting agreed a two-year deal to act as the team’s new shirt sponsors for the Friends Provident Trophy and NatWest Pro40.

The Sutton-in-Ashfield company has 50 years of expertise in sports lighting and long-standing links with Trent Bridge, the latest of which are the six distinctive new permanent floodlights in place as part of the winter’s £8.2million redevelopment work at the ground.

UK Sales Director Paul Wilson is keen to build on those connections and said: “As a company we have always been very supportive of Nottinghamshire sport. We actually owned Mansfield Town at one stage and were involved in Notts County’s stadium redevelopment a few years ago.

“We also currently sponsor the Central Midlands League, which is one of the feeder competitions to the Football League, and try to maintain an active involvement.

“The same will apply at Trent Bridge. We are delighted to be the new shirt sponsors for Notts Outlaws and although it’s easy to say that we are giving something back, we are genuinely keen to develop the relationship with the Cricket Club.”

Abacus can provide 50 years of expertise in lighting large and small-scale sporting venues, from the world’s largest installation - the Dubai Nad Al Sherba horse race track - to local football and multi-use facilities.

Notts Chief Executive Derek Brewer said: “Our partnership with Abacus worked very well throughout the project to install permanent floodlights and we are delighted they have now agreed to take it to the next level as shirt sponsors for the Notts Outlaws.

“The distinctive lights have drawn a lot of positive comment and we have been very impressed with Abacus as a company.

“Their handiwork will be seen across the world over the next couple of years and we look forward to working closely with them as sponsors over that period - and hopefully for many years after that.” 

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