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Pearce Hire welcomes return of The Showman’s Show

UK – “It’s a very welcome sight to see the return of The Showman’s Show this year,” smiles Shaun Pearce, MD of long standing exhibitor Pearce Hire. “We couldn’t be happier to see the industry getting back on its feet and for us to all be doing what we love.”

Pearce Hire has an exceptional reputation as a technical production specialist: supplying award-winning temporary power, lighting, audio, staging, in-house electrical testing, technical project management and production services.

Since the re-emergence of the industry from mid-July onwards, Pearce Hire has seen a very busy summer experiencing quite a boom following the extremely difficult conditions of the previous 18 months. “We were back in the thick of things providing production services to some of our regular summer projects, some of whom were able to stick to their regular timeline, others who had booked dates later than usual to ensure they could go ahead,” explains Shaun. “It was a pleasure to see these loyal clients return, whilst alongside this we had also taken on a significant amount of new work to help make up some of our losses from earlier in the year. So you can imagine, the juggling act for our equipment and our team was quite a challenge throughout these wonderfully busy weeks!”

The impact of experienced, knowledgeable crew shortages across the industry, combined with the supply chain issues for items Pearce Hire frequently source externally led to some changes in usual working practices and methods, but never to the detriment of the excellent service levels Pearce Hire have built their reputation on.

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions who presents the series of Classic Ibiza concerts around six greenfield sites across six weeks couldn’t be more impressed with the production services Pearce Hire provide year-on-year – with this year being no exception.

“We have worked with Pearce Hire for the last 12 years on a variety of different events. More recently they have provided the production, power, sound and lighting for our Classic Ibiza events. Their service is impeccable from concept to delivery. They have become an integral part of our team – bringing fresh and inspiring ideas each year to help drive our concerts forward each summer. We are their biggest fans!”

Turning their attention to the Autumn, the next few months will bring different challenges for Pearce Hire. “Business is starting to get back on track and there is a definite sense of normality amongst our team and throughout our premises, but I wouldn’t say we are out of the woods yet,” comments a cautious Jake Vernum, project manager for Pearce Hire.

At the top of the list is re-building Pearce Hire’s full-time workforce alongside their freelancer pool. The management team are eager to continue with new equipment investment ready for the 2022 season, although the ongoing manufacturing supply chain issues mean this will take a little time to settle down. And Pearce Hire’s drive towards more sustainable and innovative working practices is another major project requiring significant planning and liaison with clients.

Meanwhile, Pearce Hire has a busy calendar serving winter projects including the Jools Holland Winter Tour, Detonate Halloween Festival, Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights, Bury St Edmunds Winter Lights, various sporting events and regular electrical testing projects. And all this whilst also servicing current stock alongside warehouse preparations and continuing development of the team and workflow systems.

Pearce Hire are certainly optimistic for 2022. “Providing the Covid recovery stays on track we anticipate an extremely busy year for us, and for the rest of the industry,” concludes Shaun. And so first stop is this week’s The Showman’s Show where the team will be on Stand 30 and are looking forward to catching up with regular clients as well as meeting potential new clients face-to-face as many look to re-build their supplier pools going forward into a welcome new year.

21st October 2021

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