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Pearce Hire continues their long-standing support of the Showman’s Show by confirming their presence at the exhibition on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd October. Pearce Hire has regularly participated at the Showman’s Show because it offers an important platform for promoting their expertise in the provision of services for the outdoor and special events market.
Pearce Hire offers over 30 years knowledge providing power, lighting, audio, staging, project consultancy and production services to the outdoor and indoor event, festival, entertainment and corporate event industries. The Showman’s Show at Newbury Showground happens at a convenient ‘lull’ at the end of the busiest summer season ‘on record’ for Pearce Hire. It is an important platform for the promotion of the full range of services offered by Pearce Hire, and a chance for the team to network with current clients and discuss plans for the next 12 months, re-connect with old clients and meet prospective new customers face-to-face.
Events supplied over the summer by Pearce Hire include the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival which has been a Pearce Hire customer for over 27 years. In addition to providing power distribution and stage lighting for this landmark event, they have supplied other regular clients including the British Birdwatching Fair, Field Day Festival, Mama Bars, Forest Live and the Warner’s Motorhome Shows. Pearce Hire has also worked with new clients Norfolk & Norwich Festival, For All Events, Rick Wakeman and GL Events. This range and variety of events – from outdoor festivals to corporate events and conferences demonstrate the company’s breadth of services from dry hire to full installation and complete production and project management.
Reflecting the company’s continuing CSR and investment in people in the industry, Pearce Hire is looking forward to welcoming the next group of interns from Peterborough Regional College. The Pearce Hire internship programme offers practical hands-on experience and learning for B-TEC students in the busy warehouse environment, and gives a feel for the career opportunities in the production industry.
In another recent development, and acknowledging Pearce Hire’s expertise in the outdoor production and touring industries, the company has been nominated in two categories at the 2015 Total Production Awards for ‘Favourite Power Supply Company’ and ‘Favourite Lighting Rental Company’.
MD Shaun Pearce observes ‘The team here at Pearce Hire are focussed on offering an exceptional turnkey solution for outdoor events and on-site power distribution requirements especially for greenfield sites. Continual investment in the company’s kit inventory strengthens our offer alongside our project management and production abilities. In particular we are keen to speak to visitors at the Showman’s Show about our expanded portfolio of power distribution and generator solutions – from stand alone generators to multiple synchronised generating sets.’
He continues ‘We remain focussed on nurturing the skills of our current team as well as the upcoming generation of technicians and crew which is why we are so pleased with our continuing intern programme as a way of introducing students into our industry. And for our current team, receiving nominations for the Total Production Awards is a reflection of their hard work and professionalism, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a short-list place!’
See key members of the Pearce Hire production, project and hire management team on stand 36 at the Showman’s Show, 22nd and 23rd October, Newbury Showground.
To nominate Pearce Hire for a short-list place at the 2015 Total Production Awards for ‘Favourite Power Supply Company’ and ‘Favourite Lighting Rental Company’ click here to vote: http://www.tpiawards.com/votenow/index.html Voting is open until 31st October 2014.
Pearce Hire is proud to announce its first time sponsorship of the 2014 Technical Theatre Awards. The Technical Theatre Awards were launched in 2013 as a way of formally recognising the outstanding achievements and dedication of the backstage ‘unsung heroes’ of the technical theatre industry. The awards are presented annually at the PLASA London exhibition at ExCel each October. The nominees are shortlisted from individuals elected by their industry peers at the beginning of the year, and then voting conducted between June and September decides the final recipient of each award.
This year there are a total of 17 awards and Pearce Hire is sponsoring the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew’ award. This award highlights an individual within any role of the Stage Department, who is renowned for their dedication and effort to this discipline and respected amongst the technical theatre community.
Pearce Hire view these awards as a way to publically recognise the technical expertise that is required backstage to ensure an excellent standard of production takes to the stage – be it on the West End stage or in a local theatre.
‘The Stage Crew award seemed to provide the perfect synergy with what we do at Pearce Hire as well as our main customer base’ observes Shaun Pearce, MD Pearce Hire. ‘After all, the stage crew are the life-blood of our industry’, he continues. ‘We have many designers, operators and lots of kit but with no crew to unload it, rig it, work it and then load it all back to prep for the next show, where would the industry be?’
Alongside their sponsorship of the Technical Theatre Awards and recognising excellence in stagecraft, Pearce Hire has a well-established intern/work experience programme at their HQ in Peterborough, working with their local performing arts and FE college to nurture the next generation of technical talent and stage crew for the industry.
The shortlist of nominees for this year’s ‘Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew’ are:
Online voting is via the Technical Theatre Awards website until midnight on Tuesday 30th September 2014 - http://www.technicaltheatreawards.com/voting/. The Technical Theatre Awards will be presented on the TheatreStage (R40) at PLASA London, ExCel, on Tuesday 7th October 2014.
‘This award will hopefully inspire all crew to reach for higher goals and technical excellence, and be rewarded with the recognition that they deserve’ concludes Shaun Pearce.
Over the past few months Pearce Hire has embraced it’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) and established a link with a local further education college to provide an internship programme for young people in their locality.
Peterborough Regional College runs a BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology. It is a 2-year full-time vocational course covering all aspects of music technology and is equivalent to studying for 3 A-Levels. Subjects covered include live sound and production; studio recording; acoustics and audio engineering; and media, marketing and promotional skills.
The link established between Pearce Hire and Peterborough Regional College has enabled those students with an interest in the Live Events sector to go into the workplace of this busy production and hire company and learn the ropes in a bona-fide work environment.
The idea was originally mooted by Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire because of his enthusiasm for supporting youngsters in the sector, and instilling a foundation of ‘best practice’ from the start of their careers.
‘I’m a keen advocate of supporting the ‘next generation’ of technicians and production managers in our industry’ explains Pearce. ‘Whilst there are a myriad of vocational courses that students can take in relation to this industry, whatever you learn in a classroom can only really be understood once supported by hands-on experience in the workplace.’
‘We decided to formalise our commitment to the young people studying at the college, and to give them a real taster for what it is like to work in this dynamic and creative industry of ours. I can’t deny it’s a two-way street of course - by engaging with students at the college, we can hopefully begin to build up a valid database of qualified localised crew whom we can call on at busy times in the year.’
Greg Sieling, course leader at Peterborough Regional College, is as passionate as Shaun about what they are setting up.
‘Students on our BTEC course with a particular flair or passion for live event production are cherry-picked to join the 6-week placement with Pearce Hire. It is the first time we have engaged with a local commercial organisation to provide a practical work experience programme of this kind and it has been extremely well received by everyone involved in the process. The feedback from the students is very positive, because they are developing their competencies in a formalised and practical way. We are using a log-book structure to record the skills they are learning and actively using on their placement.’
The pilot scheme took place in July and has been swiftly followed by a second intake of students in the past month. ‘These placements are giving ambitious students who want a career in the live events and production sector an invaluable insight into the expectations of the industry’ explains Greg. ‘It is also giving them some relevant work experience to bolster their CVs’.
And what of the students? How do they feel about the opportunity of a 6-week internship with Pearce Hire?
David Richardson was one of the first in-take of students earlier this year. Not only did he fully embrace the opportunity of working in Pearce Hire’s warehouse to gain practical experience, he was so good at what he did, the company has now offered him a permanent part-time role whilst he completes his B-TEC course. All this with a view to it becoming his first full time job once he graduates in Summer 2014.
‘It has been a dream placement that looks likely to turn into my dream job!’ he enthuses.
What more could any young person looking to work in this industry ask for?