Supplier Team of the Year

A1 Loo Hire 

As we moved into 2022 and began seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, we looked forward to life beginning to return to some form of normality. A large proportion of the previous year had been focused on fulfilling our contract at COVID-19 testing stations across the UK – a new way of working with new processes, that our team had adapted incredibly to. With COVID coming to an end, it was time for the team to re-focus on a post-covid way of life with large scale events back on the scene.

2021 had been a rather surprisingly successful year as we provided many large outdoor events with our sanitation services whilst other providers had turned them down due to Covid 19. We were hopeful that our hard work had paid off and would get the same, if not more festival work this year. The hard work of both our office and ground staff hadn’t gone un-noticed, and we have taken on, not only retained the additional festivals from 2021 like Latitude, but we have also continued to service our longstanding events such as Reading & Leeds, plus new events for 2022 including Creamfields, all of which have been completed with huge success!

As per usual our event staff, office staff and drivers have worked up a sweat this summer, ensuring not only our day-to-day service requirements to our usual workload continues around the UK, but our events are fully operational, covered and completed to the highest of standards.

This hasn’t come easy to us this year though; we have been faced with many challenges in the background. As an example, we encountered and unexpected system malfunction the latter part of summer. This was a very testing time for the company, especially our office staff across the board. But A1 do not shy away from a challenge and this shows! All office staff pulled together depot by depot, working overtime, weekdays, and weekends to ensure everything continued to run as smoothly as possible. This inevitably caused a few teething problems, but this is where we have been able to see loyalty come through with our customers, understanding and being patient with us at this time.

During this time, we have been able to open a new depot in Grays, Essex and have begun widening our horizons into this area. We also have plans in place to open another depot, so keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming location!

We are fully confident in our ability as a team across the board to provide excellent service every day, and our customers speak for themselves:

‘On behalf of us all at Team Rose, I wanted to say thank you for everything you did to help us make the inaugural Rose Ladies Open such a success.

It has been a pleasure to work with you and all the team at A1 on the tournament, not only last week, but in all the planning stages beforehand which you know all about! Thank you for your hard work, commitment and time over the past few weeks and thanks to the on-site team for their support last week during the tournament - we really do appreciate it.’

Sonia Schofield, Rose Golf Operations Manager, Rose Golf

Actavo Events UK

One of Actavo’s core values is to “perform as a team” and this is truly embodied by the Actavo Events UK Team. We are a small but dedicated team of people who are committed to providing the best service to our clients and supporting one another whilst doing it.

The 2022 season was always going to be a challenge but as a team we made a commitment that we wouldn’t take on too much work and that our focus would be delivering the best infrastructure for our clients and ensuring that everyone has a level of work/life balance throughout the summer. Despite this there were real pinch points and it was all hands on deck but the key point was that no matter what task someone was doing in the business they knew they had the full support of the wider team. For example, during a particularly busy week, Sol Hernandez, who manages the resources in the business jumped in as a Project Manager on site and worked some very late nights. In doing this other members of the team were constantly checking in with her and we always made sure someone was awake and on the end of the phone if she needed anything. Similarly, due to another team members illness, Simon at a few hours noticed, volunteered to jump in his car (during train strikes!) to drive the 400 miles from home to Glasgow to ensure the continuing running of a core site. This team dedication and care is something which sets us apart and means our Team Whatsapp group is very lively!

“One of the things that I’m most proud of is that Actavo Events is a team where people are made to feel welcome and they can grow and develop in the business. It’s a team where people join and stay – I’ve now been with the business 12 years and since running the London business have Sol and Pete who have both been with me for 7 years and Ionut and Simon for 4 and 3 years respectively.”

Emily Kenward, UK Operations Manager

In 2022 the team has grown welcoming three new full time team members which is allowing other members of the team to develop in the business and means we can better support more clients.

Creative Technology

Creative Technology deserves to win Supplier Team of the Year and is so proud to have the best team in the industry. This is solely down to every individual who puts their all into their roles – each an integral part of the support chain who make it possible for us to create such amazing live events.

It all starts with our project management team who work closely with our clients to create the brief and timeline of each project, then onto our rental team who manage our vast amount of equipment and make sure each job has exactly what it needs. Crew booking take on the colossal task of finding the very best people with the right skills and knowledge to provide an exceptional service and our hard-working warehouse team prepares the equipment and ensures it is in perfect condition for each project. Operations makes sure everything is safely packed and transported in the most sustainable way possible for our on-site crew and freelancers who build and support the events as they happen – providing whatever is required throughout. It is then back to the warehouse to do it all over again...

Not forgetting our incredible accounts team who keep everything in order financially across the business and our marketing executive who keeps everyone up to date with all the latest news.

2022 has been extremely challenging with high demand and a shortage of people across the board. Creative Technology has faced these challenges head on, working hard to ensure the same high-quality delivery that we are known for. We couldn’t possibly enter the Unsung Hero Award because there are so many worthy candidates within our team – so, should we take home this award it will be for all of us because none of what we do would be possible without our people.


The Harrier team are a group of positive, energetic can-do professionals with a wealth of health and safety experience who really care about our clients, their contractors, suppliers, and customers.

The team listens to make sure that they understand what the client and/or contractors are trying to achieve to enable them to make a full assessment and provide practical solutions, facing challenges head on to help reach their vision. They always try their best to find a solution to any safety challenges on site.

Friendly, honest, reliable and approachable they assist our clients and contractors by simplifying health and safety.

They work together collaborating to collectively harness their skills and expertise across various areas of safety. Each person has their own speciality and is happy to share that knowledge with the rest of the team to help provide the best service possible to our clients. 

Harrier provides reassurance and consistency to our clients.  One of the nicest things to hear this year was ‘we are comfortable with whichever team member you send, as we know that they will do it the Harrier way’ showing the level of comfort and customer service that we bring to event organisers. 

The team at Harrier really do put people at the heart of their delivery, they provide support to clients not only in terms of the practical safety management on site, but also as a trusted person to bounce ideas off, vent and to provide help on a variety of issues. 


Outdoor Digital Productions (OPD)

Bringing their vast experience and enthusiasm to the contract, the ODP team worked for over 18 months with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Organising Committee to collaborate in achieving unique Festival Site experiences across a staggering 11 locations.

ODP pushed the envelope; the team drove innovation through artistic elements and exciting commissions, technical production and staging design, to ensure that Birmingham 2022 set a new standard for delivering creative programming and cultural participation alongside a major international sports event. They also ensured the Festival Sites could be enjoyed by as many people as possible, even delivering the first ‘Relaxed Festival’ of a Commonwealth Games, that catered for children with severe disabilities.

The team’s passion for Birmingham-based talent and deep engagement with local creative communities meant they were able to showcase the very best of Midlands artists and performers. The team took time to source and support regional talent, including a group of up-and-coming female producers who helped curate dynamic festival programmes. Six female producers were supported through the Empower programme to up-skill and develop their capabilities for the delivery of B2022, and also support their future careers in the live event industry. Work experience opportunities were also provided by the team to a group of University of Birmingham undergraduates in live production and broadcast.

During B2022 the team were professional, flexible and agile in their approach to site operations and programme delivery, even managing a last-minute royal visit to Victoria Square by HM King Charles III. Enhanced security and protocols were delivered at short notice, alongside extra staffing and content creation for digital screens and signage to ensure a seamless event experience for both spectators and VIP guests.

PKL Group

PKL have delivered 10’s of thousands of events in their time, and each and every one gets the same treatment, no matter how small or big. The PKL team will ask questions, suggest solutions, and help our customers to arrive to a kitchen setup that not only serves their needs, but also makes their kitchen staffs lives’ easier.

PKL offers a full turnkey service, supporting every area of our customers event infrastructure – using our own team’s wide experience and a select group of industry experts to create the right platform for events to launch successfully.

From the sales team taking the initial enquiry ensuring all bases are covered and the customer is getting the best solution for their needs, the design team who are able to provide technical CAD drawings and 3D renders to picture the facilities in situation, the project management team completing site survey’s to make sure access, waste, water, electrics, and delivery is all sufficient for our equipment and kitchen units to be delivered, our cleaning, preparation, and testing team who ensure all items and units are being sent out in the best possible quality, our delivery and installation team who arrange transport on a day and time that suits our customer needs, to the technical support team who are on hand 24/7 ensuring that if anything should go wrong, we can have our customers up and running again as quickly as possible. At the end of the event, all of these teams, including the customer, come together for a wash-up meeting to discuss what went right, what went wrong, and what lessons were learnt to ensure we are continuously delivering a first-class service for every event.

PKL’s high-quality service isn’t down to a select few individuals, it happens because all teams come together to make sure our event clients have a successful, memorable, and worry-free event, year in year out.

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