Stage Engage Express Hire - The one stop solution for your small event
Have you used Express Hire yet? We stock everything from a projector for a presentation to a full sound system & lighting package for a party. Our Express Hire system is the simplest way of hiring equipment from us from either Exeter or London.
Available for hire from both our Exeter and West London branches, we have an extremely wide range of equipment for collection. We stock only the best equipment from industry standard brands such as EV and Chauvet.
Simply access our website: www.sehire.com and browse through the categories to find the products you require, you can then add this to your basket and press 'continue and review' to pay and confirm your hire.
Helpful instructional videos are supplied on most of the product pages. These allow you to further understand how the product you are hiring works and is setup.
We can also deliver from our West London branch via courier, this comes at an extra cost. Please speak to a member of the team today to organise this.
Available day or night, SE Hire is truly a one stop solution for your small event which we are proud to offer from our two separate locations.
Audio visual & IT equipment can be a very confusing to understand and it can be hard to know where to start. There is lots of jargon to understand such as HDMI, aspect ratio, condenser or dynamic mics, lumens etc. Putting it all together can be another thing all together...
This is why we often decide to hire an AV company to do it all for us. This article outlines a few tips to help get the most for your money...
It’s important to make the most of your suppliers and Av companies in particular often offer a range of services related to events. For example, you could ask your AV Supplier for advice on your venue selection, event theming ideas, drapes, red carpets, CAD designs / room layouts, signage printing and customised stage backdrops. If they don't offer a particular service outside of just sound hire, staging, lighting and LED video screens, there is a good chance they will be able to recommend someone else in the business who can help you.
Your AV production company of choice should also be willing to offer content creation services such as creating PowerPoint's and Keynote's, videos, graphics and cutting music for awards dinners. You may also find they offer event filming and live streaming if that is of interest to you.
" We often like the phrase, "If you had to buy a car, would you go out and buy the cheapest one?"
All cars will have wheels and some kind of engine, but that doesn't mean the cheapest one is the same as the latest Aston Martin. Like cars, AV companies vary a lot in quality, experience, knowledge, equipment, size and structure. "
Audio Visual, Staging and Lighting shouldn't be a last minute addition, in fact, by seeking our expert advice as early as possible you can make sure you get several quotes and conduct meetings to select the right supplier, overcome hurdles early and ensure a professional finish to your event. Booking early will also be one more thing off your shoulders.
Getting to know the venue or space you will be using is crucial when it comes to getting your event right. It’s a good idea to also speak with your suppliers about the venue as early as possible, before you commit to booking. Talk is cheap and your suppliers should be more than happy to help advise you on what can or can't be achieved in your desired space.
Your chosen AV Company will have more than likely worked in many different kinds of venues of all types and sizes, from conferences to festivals, and there is a good chance they might already know venue straight away, especially if its based near by their offices (always worth asking).
Before your make any content, first decide the format required. There are lots different ways of showing content such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi or videos & graphics played form a media server. There are also lots of different sizes from ultra wide-screen to square. Obviously you don't want to create square content when you have asked for an ultra-wide LED video wall hire.
Once venue is confirmed and requirements have been agreed, there will still be lots to do.
Start off by making a draft event schedule (even if its not perfect) to include setup times, rehearsals, show times and of course time to dismantle. Show these with your audio visual hire company as its good to make sure the times set out are achievable. Show these to the venue as well.
If you ever have any worries or concerns, pick-up the phone to your supplier. Any good AV company will always be happy to talk and will normally assign at least 1 project manager who will be your first point of call. More than often they will provide you a direct phone or email, so you can discuss anything that comes up.
A week before the event it is always good practice to arrange a final pre-event call or meeting to run through the final schedule and discuss all requirements so that they can ensure everything you want will be delivered.
With an onsite team you can ensure your display will be set up and monitored without glitch free, and you can trust that the equipment is being managed in the right way.
Depending on the nature of your event, you may have dedicated onsite technicians and AV experts as part of your AV hire package. While onsite support and service can entail an additional cost, the result is often well worth the additional expense.
A good AV company will always make you feel as though you can depend on them, that you can entrust them to provide everything required and leave you to go about your business with complete peace of mind knowing that everything is in good hands.
If you ever get the feeling that may not be the case from the first phone call or meeting, then trust your gut. Events only happen once and they need to go perfectly as there is no turning back time to change things.
A good AV supplier will carry key backup Av equipment onsite (not necessarily stated on the quote), dedicated event project managers, very high quality equipment form leading manufacturers and of course, well trained and experienced staff that are friendly and very presentable.
We often like the phrase, "If you had to buy a car, would you go out and buy the cheapest one?"
All cars will have wheels and some kind of engine, but that doesn't mean the cheapest one is the same as the latest Aston Martin. Like cars, AV companies vary a lot in quality, experience, knowledge, equipment, size and structure.
You want to make sure that you select a company with a proven track record, comes recommended, understands your requirements and can work to provide the best for your budget.
First off let me start by saying Happy New Year to you! 2018 is going to be a exciting and prosperous year for all industries.
1. The Venue
Your venue choice is paramount to pulling off a great conference. Consider the size of your audience. You don’t want visitors to feel cramped in a venue that’s too small but, on the flip side, you don’t want your venue looking empty because your audience isn’t big enough to fill it.
Think outside the box, your only option isn't just a specialised conference centre and there are lots of venues that could be used for a conference right on your doorstep.
- Marquee's are commonly used to create excellent temporary spaces in car parks, fields and alike
- Community halls can offer big spaces for a low buck
- Golf and country clubs, nearly all will have an event space
- Rugby and football stadiums
- Sports hall, they can fit big numbers and often have lots of parking
- Your office or warehouse, it could be an easy event space to convert, but it might be nice to get out of the office for a change...
Often we find that any space can be easily transformed with drape hire, lighting and audio visual equipment. Tables, chairs, projector screens and stages can all easily be hired in to create the perfect space.
2. Considering budget
Do you just want a functional space with chairs & projector screen? If you're just doing an internal staff training event, you probably don't need to go all out. Keep it simple and just hire the space and simple AV equipment.
Do you want to impress your clients? Does the event need to have wow factor and go without a hitch? Why not consider an event company to help you arrange everything? We have extensive experience in the events industry and are always happy to help.
3. The Stage
Will there be a stage or impressive branded backdrop with your branding? Stage backdrops are a very effective way to create a professional focal point and will help your audience really engage in the message you want to portray. All stage backdrops can be expertly lit and provided with the highest quality sound systems, if necessary. Professional AV hire is the key to (quite literally) showing your brand in the best light, and in a way that your audience can appreciate.
4. The Entertainment
Including an element of entertainment can make your event. Just like your choice of venue, your choice of entertainment should be relevant to the product and it’ll help steer the focus of the day, whilst adding a refreshing element of participation. It can also be a great way to spread brand awareness, whilst engaging your audience with the product. A contest with some activity or game, a ‘chance-to-win’ Tweet challenge, or even hiring a comedian to lighten the mood - these can all work well. Keep your entertainment task-focused to make the most of the marketing opportunity.
If you are organising an event in 2018 and just want to get started with some free advise, we are always happy to take your call.
5. AV Hire
Whichever venue you choose and however you decide to arrange your conference and stages, we as AV professionals can bring the day to life by providing high-quality sound for any speeches, music or video presentations. You’ll want your conference event to be brightly lit, possibly in colours that promote your brand, and you might even choose to project logos or slogans onto the walls of your venue. Going with a professional AV company will be the best decision you make if you want to impress your attendees and make the most out of the marketing and sales opportunities that stem from an unforgettable event.
Thanks for your support and taking our events to a new level.
Have a great Christmas and look forward to working with you in the New Year.
Group Marketing Director - Churchill Retirement Living
We deliver Audio Visual & Staging across the UK for Churchill Retirement Living, including customised stage backdrop, all AV Equipment and event technical support.
Contact us today to see how we can help you with your event.
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