AV Equipment Hire London
Specialists in AV Hire & Event Production
for conferences, awards ceremonies and corporate events.
AV Hire & Event Production for over 350 successful events each year.
Clients return to Stagetex because of our friendly, helpful approach to everything we do.
We take the hassle out of event planning. We take responsibility, we do what we say we will and we are known by our clients as helpful problem solvers.
We listen to your objectives and ideas and them into the best audio visual and staging design for your event, venue and budget. We become part of your team and care as much as you do about the success of your event.
Our Production Managers knit together the expertise of our sound, lighting, video and staging departments to provide a full production service.
Our AV equipment hire and event production teams have experience working in most of London's most iconic event venues including OXO2 and Grosvenor House Hotel with events ranging from charity gala dinners at The Savoy to conferences and awards ceremonies at Victoria Park Plaza.
For smaller events we offer AV equipment packages to suit including PA Hire, projector hire and lighting hire.
Full Event Production
We listen to your ideas and then turn them into memorable, enjoyable events that inspire, educate and entertain. We give you a dedicated Project Manager who will look after all of the AV and production aspects of your event giving you compelte peace of mind. Every event is different and we will always keep your objectives and budget front and centre in all of our design and planning.
AV Equipment Hire
PA Systems & Sound Equipment
Microphones, speakers, amplifiers, mixing desks, monitors & recording for events. Read More
Atmospheric, architectural, stage and concert lighting for events. Read More
Cameras, projection screens, plasma screens, led screens, vision mixing and IT equipment. Read More
Indoor and outdoor stages & backdrops for conferences, concerts and events. Read More
Peculiarities of Event Planning in London
Producing events at central London venues can be particularly challenging because of the fast turnarounds required by venues and the limited access for vehicles. A number of venues also have restrictions on when equipment can be loaded into and back out of the venue as a result of curfews and licensing restrictions.
Some venues also try to charge for everything as an extra. What starts off as looking like a great deal on venue hire can quickly become expensive down the line as you find things that you expected to be included are charged as expensive extras.
We are used to working with these challenges and have case studies of many successful events where we've worked to tight timescales without compromising the event.
One of the most important things when it comes to keeping your costs sensible when hosting an event in London is to appoint your audio visual company early on in the planning process - ideally you should appoint your AV company before you sign your contract with the venue.
Your AV hire or event production company should be able to help you negotiate key points into your contract that can make all the difference to your event. Some areas for consideration include:
Access times for setup, rehearsals and derig. Many London venues (especially those that are most central) heavily restrict this so that they can sell the same room more than once on the same day. You AV company will be able to tell you how long everything is going to take and suggest ways to make it happen faster.
Use of smoke and haze can transform the look of an event by making even the most "budget" lighting look like a stadium light show. Many London venues charge extra if you want to use smoke and haze because it can mean "isolating" the fire alarm sensors in the event room. Often event planners don't realise this until it's too late.
Use of rigging points. Again, many London venues charge extra for the use of rigging points. These are the points in the ceiling that are used to suspend lighting, sound and AV equipment.
Early access to the loading bay and a holding area where AV equipment can be stored before the start of the event build to reduce set up time if access to the room is heavily restricted prior to the event.
Storage for the flightcases for the AV equipment. Outside of London the flightcases can be put back onto the AV company's vehicles. This isn't always possible due to parking restrictions in central London.
Once your venue contract is signed it's much more difficult to get concessions from venues so it's worth at least having an initial discussion with you AV company at the earliest opportunity.
The Venue already has an AV supplier. Should I just use them?
Our regular clients always choose to take us with them even if there is an in-house supplier because they know what they are getting in terms of support and quality.
Many event venues (especially those in central London) have in-house AV equipment suppliers. Sometimes we find it can be more cost effective (and overall better value) for clients holding one-off events to go with the venue's in-house AV company. On the other hand, many in-house AV suppliers have to pay a commission to the venue and so costs can increase fast. It all depends on the venue and which in-house AV supplier they have chosen.
If there is an in-house AV supplier we recommend that clients should get a quote from us and a quote from the in-house supplier and then compare what each company can offer.
A Trustworthy Pair of Hands
We understand that you need us to help you impress. It goes without saying that every video needs to play on time, each microphone cue needs to be perfect. In us, you find more than that.
Two things bring us most satisfaction - a job well done and getting on well with the people we work with. This means we want to share our experience with you and help you to get the results you want from the budget you have.
We work to recognised standards for quality, safety and the environment which include ISO9001:2008, OHAS 18001 and ISO 14001.
Our Health & Safety Management System is Safecontractor approved.
Our ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System covers Audio Visual Hire, Event Production and Design.
We are the proud winners of a Lloyds TSB award for Enterprise.