Saville jockeys to top position

National conference and live events services provider Saville Audio Visual has just been appointed as AVStands supplier to the Jockey Club Racecourses for the Northwest region.

The appointment covers flagship racing venues at Haydock Park, Aintree and Carlisle Racecourses. Saville has provided support for events in the venues many times and both parties felt the time was right to enter into a strategic partnership aimed at providing the best possible technical event support for the venues clients.

Events entrepreneur delivers lecture at Manchester’s MMU

One of the country’s most successful businesswomen, the event management entrepreneur Lizevents_entrepreneur Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), delivered a guest lecture to students of Manchester’s MMU Business School recently. The topic: how to beat recessions, business disasters and bridezillas to become a successful events planner.

Liz, who is the managing director of the Manchesterbased event management company, spoke to over 100 students about taking her business from humble beginnings with just a few hundred pounds of her own money as start-up capital, to a business that works with the likes of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, stars of Coronation Street and leading blue-chip businesses, and now delivers a turnover pushing four million pounds per year. She offered an insight in her busy company, key elements in planning a successful event, anecdotes highlighting the highs and lows of running her own business and advice to the students on how to make planning their own event a success.

Fireworks contractor cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Geoffrey Counsell, the contractor in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a motorway crash in which seven people died, has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws.

Showsec achieves record-breaking ACS rating

Showsec has raised the bar by achieving a record-breaking rating in the Security Industryshowsec Authority’s ‘Approved Contractor Scheme’ for an eighth successive year. A rigorous three-day assessment of the company’s operation resulted in the award of an impressive score of 132, putting them in the top five per cent of security companies in the United Kingdom. The Approved Contractor Scheme for Door Supervision and Security Guarding praised all aspects of Showsec’s set-up, highlighting as good practice the way training modules, the e-learning platform and senior management support help to stimulate career development and progression.

Aerial acrobat joins expanding Wildgoose events team

Award-winning urban events specialists Wildgoose Events continues its expansion plans with the appointment of three new members of staff who have joined the Wildgoose team. Lilli Muehleisen is a professional circus performer who joins the team as a Project and Event Manager. Lilli, who has performed aerial acrobatics all over the world, also qualified in business studies and has successfully managed to combine both careers. She has been working as a Freelance Event Manager for a number of events companies and on hearing about Wildgoose from her colleagues she contacted the company to see if there were any openings.

Ashtead appoints new MD for Eve

Nigel Quinn is joining Eve as Managing Director following the acquisition of the Eve group ofashtead_appoints companies by Ashtead Plant Hire Company Ltd (A-Plant) in May last year. Nigel brings with him many years experience as a business leader and in directorship roles, working most recently as the Divisional Managing Director of Elliott Modular. He is said by Ashstead to be skilled at identifying and understanding business imperatives, with excellent strategic vision and a strong focus on people development. He will be based at offices in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and will be working closely with the teams at Eve to enhance performance and processes, develop new strategies and, ultimately, drive the company towards an even more positive future.

Nigel Quinn, Managing Director at Eve, comments: “I am delighted to be joining Eve at such an important point in its history and I am very much looking forward to developing the company further, building upon and adding to the successes that have been enjoyed so far. Eve is currently in a fantastic position and is a credit to its previous owners.

Wernick new energy efficient site accommodation range

Wernick Hire, the UK’s largest independent hirer of portable and modular accommodation, haswernick launched a new range of energy efficient accommodation units, proven to be up to 69% more energy efficient than standard site accommodation. Such is the demand for Wernick Hire’s new GreenSpace Eco accommodation units, several blue chip construction companies have already placed long-term hires. Interest in the new units has increased since the government announced plans to reduce carbon from the construction and operation of the UK’s infrastructure assets, in line with climate change commitments.

The ‘Infrastructure Carbon Review’ sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers to reduce up to 24 million tonnes of carbon and save the UK £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

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