And the results are in: Festival Supplier Awards 2017 winners announced

FSA17 Winners

Almost 370 of the UK festival and outdoor event industry’s leading suppliers and organisers attended the Festival Supplier Awards to celebrate and applaud the 2017 winners on Thursday 26th January.  Now in its third year, and nicely settled in to its home at the Hurlingham Club, the awards recognise companies who work tirelessly to deliver great events, many of whose efforts often go unseen.

Amongst the awards presented were accolades for Best Stage, Best Power, Best Temporary Structure, Best Toilets/ Waste Management, Best Concession/ Bar and Best Sound, along with gongs for Best Production Team and Best Festival Support Service.

The full list of awards presented and the winners is:

Best Concession / Bar

Peppermint Bars, Bestival

Best Festival Technology Provider

TOURtech, Lollapalooza

Best Crowd / Pit Barrier

Actavo Events, London Stadium

Best Crew / Artist Catering

Global Infusion Group, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park

Best Festival PR company

Full Fat, Liverpool International Music Festival

Best Glamping & Accommodation

Hotel Bell Tent, CarFest North

Best Event Branding

Imagination, V Festival – Hylands Park & Weston Park

Best Toilets / Waste Management

Qdos Event Hire, Royal Windsor Horse Show & HMQ90

Best Health & Safety

The Fair, Junction 2

Best Power

Power Logistics, V Festival, Hylands Park

Best Fencing / Hoarding

GAP Hire Solutions, V Festival, Weston Park

Best Crewing Company

Showforce, Creamfields

Best Screen Supplier

ADI UK Ltd, Royal Ascot

Best Temporary Water Supply

Wicked Event Water Services Ltd, Leeds Festival

Best Sound

Capital Sound Hire Ltd, Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

Best Stage

Acorn Event Structures, Creamfields

Best Crowd Management / Security

Specialized Security Guarding Ltd, Reading Festival

Best Temporary Roadway / Walkway

LION Trackhire Ltd, RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Best Temporary Structure

Neptunus Ltd, The National Eisteddfod of Wales

Best Visual Spectacular

Quantum Special Effects, Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time

Best Brand Activation at a Festival

Star Events Ltd, Boardmasters, Glasgow Summer Sessions & Bestival

Best Festival Production Team

EnTEEtainment Ltd, BBC Proms & Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park

Green Festival Supplier Award

Loowatt Ltd, Port Eliot Festival

Best Festival Support Service

1st – Best Seating – Arena Seating, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International

2nd – Best Catering Equipment – PKL Group (UK) Ltd, Goodwood Festivals

3rd – Best Creche – Nipperbout Ltd, Cambridge Folk Festival

 

Commenting on the success of this year’s awards ceremony, event director, Michelle Tayton said: “The Festival Supplier Awards are now firmly established as an important date in the festival and outdoor event calendar. We’ve got a great formula; a room full of fantastic people, at the top of their game and plenty of networking opportunities for everyone who attends. This coupled with the fact that they’re held at the perfect time of year ensures that we’re bringing the industry together to look back and celebrate the successes of the previous year whilst firmly looking forward to the season ahead. The feedback from all involved has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re already planning bigger and better things for 2018!”

Preceding the Festival Supplier Awards was a meeting with Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision:2025 representatives, which saw over 40 festival organisers attend a day of workshops and networking, sharing experiences and helping to shape the direction of future research and resources for its sustainable initiatives.

Festival Supplier Awards partner with Powerful Thinking to support Festival Vision:2025

Powerful Thinking has teamed up with The Festival Supplier Awards to host a networking event exclusively for Vision: 2025 festivals at London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday 26th January 2017.

Powerful Thinking is a festival and event industry collaborative group of like minded professionals looking to undertake research and share information to enable best practice in reducing carbon impact at events. Earlier this year they launched the Festival Vision:25 initiative, to support festival organisers find ways of halving their carbon footprint by 2025.

Over 50 festivals have signed up to pledge their commitment to achieving the reduction and will attend a group strategy meeting at the Hurlingham Club during the afternoon of 26th January to discuss their experiences in 2015 and help shape the future of what is now the largest environmental movement in the history of the events industry. Then in the evening, one representative from each of the participating festivals will receive a complimentary initiation to attend the awards ceremony.

“This is an exciting opportunity to gather festivals committed to positive change, share experiences, and shape the future of our industry,” said Bethan Riach, Communications Manager.

“Over the last three years we have noticed that more and more of our entrants are committed to sustainability. A dedicated Green Supplier Award has always been amongst our category list but for us, taking that to the next stage and partnering with the Festival Vision: 2025 initiative for the 2017 awards takes that a step further. We are keen to work with them to achieve their goal of a more sustainable festival industry and delighted to play our part in increasing awareness, including taking to steps to reduce our own carbon footprint wherever we can,” said Michelle Tayton, director of the Festival Supplier Awards.

Now in their third year the Festival Supplier Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of festival and outdoor event suppliers. The award categories themselves cover a multitude of outdoor event essentials, from staging, crowd management, temporary structures and crewing to crowd barriers, toilets, technology and glamping.

Judging Panel announced for Festival Supplier Awards 2017 ahead of entry deadline

As the deadline for Festival Supplier Award submissions looms, organiser Eventive Media Ltd has announced the first wave of judges for the 2017 event. Now in their third year, the awards recognise the achievements and excellence of the entire festival and outdoor event supply chain. Building on their acclaimed outing at the beginning of this year, they return to London’s Hurlingham Club on January 26th 2017.

Several industry heavyweights remain on the judging panel for 2017, including: Dave McCalmont, MAMA Group; Jon Drape, Ground Control; Zac Fox, Kilimanjaro Live; Lynsey Wollaston, IMG Arts and Entertainment; Mike Richmond, Richmond Event Management; Jonathan Smith, Farnborough International and Beckie Parsons, Judge Day. However, there are also several new ones added to the mix, with Jo Mackay, LarMac LIVE; Nick Brooks-Ward, H Power and Nick Morgan, The Fair, joining the line-up and a number still set to be announced.

Michelle Tayton, event director of the Festival Supplier Awards comments: “The Festival Supplier Awards prides itself on having a well-respected, highly experienced and knowledgeable judging panel as it is key to their overall credibility and success. We’re delighted with the stellar line-up of judges that we’ve ensembled for 2017. Companies entering the Festival Supplier Awards are assured that their hard work and efforts are being judged by a set of people who are at the heart of our industry and understand the pressures and challenges that they regularly face.”

The deadline for entering the Festival Supplier Awards is 31st October 2016. Companies or individuals wishing to enter the 2017 Festival Supplier Awards can request an entry form by emailing awards@festivalsupplierawards.com

Festival Supplier Awards return for 2017

 

Nominations for the Festival Supplier Awards 2017 open today, Monday 5th September. Returning for their third edition they will once again recognise the hard work and dedication of festival and outdoor event suppliers in what is undoubtedly a highly competitive marketplace. Already firmly established as an excellent evening of celebration and networking, the awards will return to London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday 26th January 2017, timed perfectly to kick start the industry’s year.

 

The award categories cover a multitude of outdoor event essentials, from staging, crowd management, temporary structures and crewing to crowd barriers, toilets, technology and glamping. In addition, there are accolades for Best Green Supplier and Best Production Team.  New for 2017 is a dedicated award for ‘Best Brand Activation at a Festival’, this will look to reward the growing contribution that agencies and brands make to events.

The full list of categories is as follows:

 

Best Brand Activation at a Festival (NEW)

Best Concession / Bar

Best Crew / Artist Catering

Best Crewing Company

Best Crowd / Pit Barrier

Best Crowd Management / Security

Best Event Branding

Best Fencing / Hoarding

Best Festival PR Company

Best Festival Production Team

Best Festival Support Service

Best Festival Technology Supplier

Best Festival Welfare Company

Best Furniture

Best Glamping & Accommodation

Best Health & Safety

Best Plant

Best Power

Best Screen Supplier

Best Sound

Best Stage

Best Temporary Roadway / Walkway

Best Temporary Structure

Best Temporary Water Supply

Best Ticketing

Best Toilets / Waste Management Company

Best Visual Spectacular

Green Festival Supplier Award

 

Event director of the Festival Supplier Awards, Michelle Tayton said: “The feedback we received for last year’s awards was overwhelmingly positive so it is exciting to be starting the process again for 2017. We believe that we’ve found a winning formula that the industry likes – niche categories, impressive judging panel, great format, excellent venue and the perfect date.  We’re confident that the awards will continue to go from strength to strength.”

 

Nominations will close on 31st October 2016, with the entries then judged by an independent panel of experts that will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Companies or individuals wishing to enter the 2017 Festival Supplier Awards can request an entry form by emailing awards@festivalsupplierawards.com

 

Full entry details are available on the Festival Supplier Awards website www.festivalsupplierawards.com

 

Keep up to speed with the latest award news via its Twitter feed @TheFestAwards

2016 Winners Annoucement

Almost 350 guests from the festival and outdoor event industry celebrated the second outing of the Festival Supplier Awards when they were held on 28th January, at stunning London venue, The Hurlingham Club.

Awards were presented for a host of industry staples including staging, crowd management, temporary structures, crew catering, crowd barriers and toilets, along with accolades for Best Green Supplier and Best Production Team.

The full list of awards presented was:-

Best Concession / Bar
Peppermint Bars, British Summer Time

Best Crew / Artist Catering
Beau Nosh Catering, T in the Park

Best Crewing Company
Showforce, Creamfields

Best Crowd / Pit Barrier
Mojo Barriers, BoomTown Fair

Best Crowd Management
Specialized Security, Party at the Palace

Best Event Branding
Imaginators, Glastonbury

Best Fencing / Hoarding
GAP Hire Solutions, Rugby World Cup

Best Festival & Event Accommodation
Hotel Bell Tent, Glastonbury Festival

Best Festival Engineering / Bespoke Structure
Actavo, T in the Park

Best Festival Experience
Bearded Kitten

Best Festival PR Company
Plaster Creative Communications, Grillstock Festival

Best Power
Power Logistics, British Summer Time

Best Screen Supplier
iMAG Displays Ltd, Big Gig Jersey

Best Sound
SSE Audio Group, Reading Festival

Best Stage
Star Events Ltd, Nocturne Live

Best Temporary Roadway / Walkway
LION Trackhire Ltd, Latitude

Best Temporary Structure
Ascot Structures, BBC Proms in the Park & Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park

Best Temporary Water Supply
MTD (UK and Ireland) Ltd, Boomtown Fair

Best Toilets
Loos for Do’s Ltd, On Blackheath

Best Visual Spectacular
Quantum Special Effects, Reading & Leeds Festival

Best Waste Management Company
Grundon Waste Management Ltd, Towersey Festival

Green Festival Supplier Award
Big Green Coach Ltd, The Secret Garden Party

Best Festival Production Team
Ground Control, Parklife Weekender

Best Festival Support Service
Bronze – Winner Events, Goodwood Festival of Speed

Silver – SHB Hire Ltd, Glastonbury
Gold – Nipperbout, Newham Mayor’s Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival
Paul Allott, co-founder of the Festival Supplier Awards commented: “Moving the awards to the start of the year and changing the location to London, in only their second year, was a bit of a risk. However given the success of the evening and the amazingly positive feedback we’ve received it was definitely the right decision. It was great to see people networking, celebrating and clearly cheering each other on, it really was a fantastic evening. We are incredibly grateful to all our judges, sponsors, supporters and everyone who put themselves forward for an award. Plans for 2017 are already underway.”
Guests also raised more than £2,000 for their chosen charity, Plaster Creative Communications’ cycle from Bristol to Paris, April 29th – May 3rd to raise funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Graham Brown, Plaster’s managing director said: “We’re all flabbergasted at raising £2,057 at the Festival Supplier Awards last night. It was a brilliant evening with a fabulous atmosphere, celebrating the achievements of companies and people behind so many festivals. The generous donations reflected the great bunch of people you’d gathered into the Hurlingham Club. This will only serve as even more motivation to the team at Plaster cycling. Congratulations to all awards nominees, thanks to everyone who donated . . . better get training . . .”

HAE Sponsorship Announced

Event Hire Association announced as headline sponsor for Festival Supplier Awards 2016

Organisers of the Festival Supplier Awards have today announced that the Event Hire Association (EHA), the event industry’s leading trade association, will be the headline sponsor when the Awards take place at The Hurlingham Club this evening.

EHA offers a hosts of products and services that meet the needs of hirers and suppliers in the festival and outdoor events marketplace making the Festival Supplier Awards the perfect platform to gain further exposure for the association. These include the launch of the EHA’S new Code of Practice for Portable Sanitation for the events sector; the EHA SafeHire Certification Scheme, a new print on demand licence for their members, Future Hirers initiative and EHA training schemes for LPG use, insurance and IOSH being just some of the talking points.

Graham Arundell, the EHA’s managing director commented: “We’re thrilled to be affiliated with the Festival Supplier Awards and are very much looking forward to the evening. It is pleasing to see a number of our members have made the shortlist and we’re keen to support them wherever we can. Events like this do a lot to raise awareness of the hard work and commitment of the hire sector, not only in delivering great products and services but also to Health & Safety and sustainable solutions.”

Winners decided for Festival Supplier Awards 2016

The judges scores are in and winners of the Festival Supplier Awards (FSAs) have been decided.

Winners will be announced on 28th January 2016 at The Hurlingham Club in London.

Judging the 2016 awards were:

  • Andy Grove, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and LAEOG
  • Beckie Parsons, Judge Day
  • Chris Johnson, Shambala Festival and Powerful Thinking
  • Frankie Tee, EnTEEtainment Ltd
  • John Probyn, Sports Show
  • Jonathan Smith, Farnborough International Airshow
  • Mike Richmond, Richmond Event Management
  • Lynsey Wollaston, IMG Arts & Entertainment
  • Jon Drape, Ear To The Ground
  • Zac Fox, Kilimanjaro Live

Although more than one hundred entries were submitted only 78 made the shortlist. The standard was exceptionally high and judges were forced to consider each entry very carefully. Feedback from the judges was positive and included comments such as: “You do well to get so many good entries – what’s  your secret?”, “There were some really good entries this year” and “Phew!  That was hard work!” 

The ceremony, hosted by comedian and FSA regular Andrew Ryan, promises to be a great networking opportunity as well as a fantastic evening of entertainment.

The FSAs are perfectly timed as the first real industry get together of the year and with strong ticket sales its set to be a night to remember.

The deadline for buying tickets is Friday 22nd January and there are only a few remaining.

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Impressive shortlist announced for Festival Supplier Awards 2016

The shortlist for the Festival Supplier Awards 2016 has been announced today by organiser AMP Events Ltd. With over one hundred entries received, 78 of the outdoor event industry’s very best suppliers have made the cut. Now in its second year, the awards ceremony promises to be a fantastic celebration when it is held at the exclusive London venue, the Hurlingham Club, on Thursday 28th January.

As the only awards dedicated to festival and outdoor event suppliers the impressive shortlist includes many of the sector’s finest companies who undoubtedly deserve the recognition. With nominees asked to submit a case study on an event they’re particularly proud of, the final list features a fantastic selection of festivals including Glastonbury, Festival of Speed, Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time, Reading, CarFest, Wilderness, Bestival, We Are FSTVL and Grillstock. To view the complete list please click here.

Michelle Tayton, co-founder and event director of the Festival Supplier Awards commented: “We’re really proud of the shortlist. We’re only in our second year to receive this level of support from the industry is exciting. It proves there is a real desire for the companies that deliver some of the finest festivals in the world to achieve recognition. The calibre and standard of the entries is high so our judging panel definitely has its work cut out. We’re all really looking forward to the awards ceremony now, it is guaranteed, as the first networking event of the year, to get 2016 started with a bang.”

Tickets for the Festival Supplier Awards ceremony are now on sale. A limited number of early bird tickets are now available with a 20% discount priced at just £185 + VAT each. Tables of 10 are priced at £1,665 + VAT. Included in the ticket price is a three-course meal, drinks reception, wine with dinner and entertainment. For more information about the awards ceremony and to purchase tickets please click here.

Impressive panel of judges announced for Festival Supplier Awards 2016

With entries for the Festival Supplier Awards still coming in thick and fast, organiser AMP Events Ltd has announced an impressive panel of judges for the 2016 event.

Joining Dave McCalmont from MAMA Group, Jon Drape from Ground Control and Zac Fox from Kilimanjaro Live, who all judged the previous year’s entries, will be:

Andy Grove, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and LAEOG

Beckie Parsons, Judge Day

Chris Johnson, Shambala Festival and Powerful Thinking

Frankie Tee, EnTEEtainment Ltd

John Probyn, Sports Show

Jonathan Smith, Farnborough International Airshow

Lynsey Wollaston, IMG Arts & Entertainment

Mike Richmond, Richmond Event Management

Paul Allott, co-founder of the Festival Supplier Awards commented: “Having an experienced, knowledgeable and well-respected judging panel is essential to the success of any awards. It is important that our nominees know that their entries and hard work is being seen by key decision makers in our industry, who understand the pressures that festival suppliers are under and are best placed to decide who is at the top of their game.”

The Festival Supplier Awards will take place on 28th January 2016 at London’s Hurlingham Club.