Our business has been supported by the events industry since the very beginning, so it was only right that we showed our support on the 30th September when the Stand as One campaign went ahead around the world.
The campaign is part of We Make Events, founded by Plasa who are the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event and entertainment industries.
It's unfathomable that we could live in a world without events and live music, yet if the industry isn't offered support they could lose up to 1 million jobs in the UK alone (plasa.org).
The event on 30th September was the third in a line of #lightitinred events, the 1st taking place on 06/07 and the second on 11/08.
We stepped out alongside Robe UK, Clearsound Productions & Backstage Theatre Jobs at Silverstone, (where our hot desk is), on a very wet and rainy day to show support. We created some special Road Trunks in red and branded them with #wemakeevents & #lightitinred.
The events industry is calling for
1. Grants - not loans - made available to businesses in the events supply chain.
2. Furlough Scheme extended until the industry is back to work
3. Extension of the Self-employed Income Support Scheme.
Peter Heath, MD of PLASA, comments: "The live events industry supply chain, essential to every single event in the UK, is set to completely collapse without financial support from the government, due to social distancing prohibiting mass events. Large scale events are not expected to reopen until Spring 2021 at the earliest, and the reality is that the sector can't wait that long. While the Government's commitment to provide £1.57bn to our crown jewels is welcomed, this does not not help the companies and freelancers who work in the live events supply chain. We've issued a ‘Red Alert' after using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs, and now the whole industry is coming together to ask the government to ‘throw us a line." (lightitinred.co.uk)
With motorsport reopening a couple of months ago we knew it wouldn't be long until Formula 1 was back up and running after having to postpone a few of its races earlier this year due to the Covid19 Pandemic.
We saw Formula 1 return to Silverstone this weekend and then again, this coming weekend for the 70th Grand Prix Anniversary.
This would've been the first race at Silverstone without fans in the stands, being able to attend the live race but that didn't stop them putting on quite the show. You can get more info HERE
We love having a presence at Silverstone Park, with our hot desk being there since 2019. This has made it much easier to reach out to and visit our clients that are based there and being able to support them during these changeable times.
As the motorsport industry is gearing up for more events across the summer it has kept us in-undated with orders.
We have built a number of these in the past but never created a standard product till now. We have built a number of these for race teams in F1, F2 and F3 and this one actually went to Mahindra in the Formula E sector. We have also been really busy supporting Hi-Tech and Dragon racing, so it was really good to see Hi-Tech winning one of the races last week.
- CNC wooden battern's designed and manufactured for x20 MRTC head sets
- CNC foam inserts designed and fitted in high dense foam to hold the radios + chargers
- x2 8u rack mount spaces fitted to house the radio antenna and radio repeater
- Removeable front & heavy duty fittings
These cases have also been manufactured for the motorsport industry and have been shipped out this week.
One of our favourite things to do at Flightcase Warehouse is meet our customers and attend events, something that we have missed so far this year, with all the ones we were booked to attend closed. So we are super excited to be attending MotorSport Days Live at Silverstone, November 20-21:
"Europe's only on-track trade event, MotorsportDays LIVE offers race competitors, track day users, performance car buyers and industry professionals a fresh opportunity to come together and source from an array of diverse exhibitors as well as network with race teams, championships and manufacturers whilst actually sampling cars and products ‘LIVE' on Silverstone's International Circuit."
Whilst GLX Productions were the first to invest in the Chauvet Rouge Outcast 1 Hybrid, we were given the opportunity to become the first ones to manufacture the Chauvet Rogue Outcast 1 Hybrid Moving Head Flightcases when GLX got in touch with us recently.
Rogue Outcast 1 Hybrid is an outdoor-ready, IP65 spot/beam/wash moving head ideal for small to medium festivals and events. These particular lights were used on #lightitinred campaign in support of the events industry during such uncertain times.
GLX Productions have also been out in support of the #lightitblue campaign for the NHS as they celebrated 72 years since it launched on the 5th July, as well as the #lightitinred campaign and needed new cases for their new lights.
Both campaigns involved lighting up buildings and landmarks around the UK, they used the fixtures to light up the Eden project as part of the #lightitred campaign.
Images by Ben Foster
We love it when a new piece of kit comes to market and even more so when we get the opportunity to design a case for it and for a customer we have worked with for a while now.
As with all of our custom manufactured cases by our specialist team the case has been designed -
- With custom CNC inserts to ensure the light has a perfect internal fit with maximum protection.
- Using our heavy-duty touring grade fittings as standard
- With the case exterior dimensions for easy truck loading
- With product engravement on the base of the case for identification when tipped.
Here's what Glenn from GLX had to to say
"We initially opted to work with FCW because of how approachable they were for our first order. It was a learning curve for us to design a case and Jase helped to guide us through the process and what they could offer. Ever since we've always gone to Jase for all of our cases and each one is fully customised to our specification.
I like to be able to pick up the phone and chat to who I need to about case designs, sometimes it's easier to relay your ideas in direct conversation instead of email and FCW have always had the time to chat. I always get a speedy response with quotes etc from the sales team on email, then we flesh out the finer details over the phone and via CAD drawings which is handy for us to see if the ideas actually work.
We're always happy with what we receive. If there is ever something we haven't thought about or that doesn't quite work in practice once we have the cases, it's always been fixed for us with no problems at all. We will continue to work with FCW for the foreseeable future."
To celebrate being the first to design a flightcase for the Chauvet Rouge Outcase 1 Hybrid we are offering 10% off all Chauvet flightcase for the next couple of weeks.