From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!
As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)
We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!
Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…
Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.
We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.
Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.
How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?
We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).
What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?
Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.
If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?
Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.
How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?
Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.
My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be.
How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?
Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests.
What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?
Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!
This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding.
And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?
We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!