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Pearce Hire have been focussing on developing young people to be the technicians and project managers of the future and have taken on a number of young people to take on and train with this in mind. As a result of this, recently Pearce Hire have promoted three people from the warehouse to full time technician roles. One of those is Dave Richardson who joined the team in 2013.
Before Dave joined Pearce Hire he was studying Music Technology at Peterborough Regional College – a college with whom Pearce Hire works closely on internship opportunities. He was also working as a freelance sound engineer at local venues and for local bands. His passion for live sound was inspired by his cousin who was also a sound engineer.
Dave is now a full time technician with Pearce Hire and works in the warehouse between shows prepping audio equipment. For him the best part of the job is the variety each day brings – no two days are ever the same. Although, as with so many in the industry, he can find the long hours challenging.
In the busy spring and summer seasons, Dave will very often be seen working on site at various outdoor festivals and events up and down the UK. To date his biggest achievement has been getting directly behind the sound desks on site and operating FOH. His favourite desk is the Yamaha QL5 – with its great sound and user-friendly layout. So far his favourite gig to have operated was the El Dorado Festival where he was able to show is skills on a Yamaha QL5 for the Boudoir Stage.
When he isn’t behind a sound desk, or working in the Pearce Hire warehouse, Dave is sporty and enjoys going to the gym and competing in a variety of sports.
The best piece of advice he has ever been given? “Work smarter, not harder. Don't lift things more often than you need to.” He always bears this in mind and never shies away from a challenge, is never put off as he strives to do the best he can and learn from any errors. Dave would always encourage any up and coming audio technicians to get as much experience behind a desk as possible as it is the best way to learn their craft.
Keep going Dave and thank you for all your hard work and commitment to your work for Pearce Hire!
Pearce Hire are thrilled to have been selected as the worthy recipient of this year’s Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards.
Held at Novotel London West, Pearce Hire were shortlisted for the Best Power Supplier Award, as they have been at two other award ceremonies this season. But, as they say, third time lucky!
“It is a huge accolade to have even been shortlisted for an Event Production Award, as we have also been a finalist for a TPI Award and a Festival Supplier Award this season. But to actually win the EPA for Best Power Supplier was really the icing on the cake!” smiles Shaun Pearce, Managing Director, Pearce Hire.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment our dedicated staff and crew put into our projects throughout the year, and a big thank you goes to every one of them. As well, of course, as our loyal customer base who have really put us in the position to win this award.”
The team have now returned to their HQ in Peterborough where they are busy prepping for what they anticipate will be their busiest Spring and Summer season to date.
Pearce Hire provide production services and dry hire to over 2,000 events a year. Through the winter months the company has made significant investments in their hire stock to ensure that the very best equipment is available to their customers for the festival season ahead.
The next few weeks will see Pearce Hire back out on sites around the UK, providing production services for the first outdoor events of the season, which this year includes Lovebox, Forest Live series, Classic Ibiza, Detonate Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Equifest.
Pearce Hire’s award winning team will also be available to meet existing and new customers at the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show. See the team on stand RA-05 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May.
John Huson is one of Pearce Hire’s longest standing project managers – and has been a stalwart member of the team since 2001. His role as Project Manager covers, in his words, “anything and everything!”
With the mainstay of his job being project manager – alongside a close knit team of project managers, he works across a huge variety of projects throughout the year, and in-between times he oversees a lot of IT logistics for Pearce Hire, covering the website, and the maintenance of their critical Hiretrack NX rental management software.
John has been working in the industry for 27 years. He got into the industry when he was as young as 13 – gaining some work experience with a local lighting and sound hire company. As is so often the case, this turned into a Saturday job and casual work in the warehouse and on site, followed by a role at the local theatre in Derby. After completing college, John started work as a performing arts technician which was when he first met Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire. The rest, as they say, is history!
At Pearce Hire no day is ever the same, and John loves the variety of the projects they work on and the diversity of their client base. As a Project Manager, John particularly enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish – from the initial ideas sketched on a pad of paper, to seeing the final production being enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience on site. Some of the diverse events he has worked on the past 12 months include the BGL Ball which was one of the largest single lighting jobs which Pearce Hire has ever taken on. He also loves working with the Forestry Commission on their series of Forest Live concerts which take place each summer – mainly because of the wide variety of big name artists they are providing production services for, and also meeting their requirements in challenging Greenfield locations of great natural beauty.
John also acknowledges how important it is to like the team you work alongside – which he does! This is particularly important as this industry and the role John fulfils often means long hours and being away from his wife and two children for extended periods of time.
The biggest challenge working on productions week in week out are the often tight time scales with the immovable deadlines – the show must always open on time! So managing changes efficiently, effectively, safely and without huge budgetary implications is also a big challenge John and his onsite team are often asked to deliver.
Ask anyone in this industry what they do in their free time and they usually scratch their head!! “Free time, what’s that” smiles John! But when he does get some down time, he enjoys the challenge of open water swimming – providing the weather is good enough – and spending precious time with his family.
Pearce Hire has an active policy of engaging with the up and coming students of the industry – with a number of apprentices and young technicians gaining work experience at Pearce Hire, and, on occasion becoming full time members of the team. John is always keen to encourage them to acknowledge their skills and ability but to accept that they are just starting out on their chosen career paths and so there is still a huge amount to learn! As he says himself, “I’ve been working in this industry for 27 years and still learning new things every day.” And to work hard – in the knowledge that you’ve done a good job.
It’s always good to share some words of wisdom with these young technicians – and John says the best piece of advice he has ever been given is “Don’t touch the shiny bits”. Wise words John!! ;-)