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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!! ;-)
East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has recently confirmed a strengthened collaboration with Pearce Hire for their busy arena and events centre.
The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting well over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. This multi-purpose events complex serves the East of England and boasts over 9,000 square metres of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
This is a new step for Pearce Hire – who have never had the status of ‘preferred contractor’ at a major exhibition and event venue before. But they are relishing the opportunity!
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, Managing Director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue. This means there is an excellent opportunity to expand our service offer and to enhance our pre-existing commitments to supply even more exceptional production services to new and existing customers. It is going to be an exciting and busy year.”
Jason Lunn, Venue Director for EEAEC expands. “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
Pearce Hire will work alongside other preferred contractors at EEAEC, including Hawk Audio Visual with whom they already have a close and collaborative working relationship. This new appointment will serve to strengthen their existing relationship which will benefit the venue and the event organisers who put on events at the EEAEC.
Pearce Hire have confirmed they are looking to increase their project management team with a Project Manager with a specific remit to serve the EEAEC contract. Shaun explains that “it makes sense to have a dedicated project manager focussed on the EEAEC relationship. Being an official contractor for the venue brings our services to the fore. It means we are well placed to offer the best resources and services to the exhibitions, events, conferences, awards dinners and outdoor events which take place at the EEAEC. We are looking forward to working alongside the event management team at EEAEC to provide even better services in the future.”
Jason Lunn concludes that “with Pearce Hire’s long standing knowledge of the venue, the venue systems and what is achievable at the venue they are well placed to guide our customers. We trust them implicitly – and that is important in this industry.”
Photo L-R: Dean Rees (EEAEC), Shaun Pearce (Pearce Hire), Jason Lunn (EEAEC) - image courtesy of East Of England Arena & Events Centre.
It’s time to meet another member of the hard-working Pearce Hire team – this time we’d like to introduce one of our dedicated warehouse staff - Robin Hutchinson.
Robin joined the company in May 2018 and his remit was to help develop the workshop and moving light departments where Pearce Hire’s extensive hire kit is fixed and maintained. He is always looking for new ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this beating heart of the warehouse!
Robin loves the importance Pearce Hire places on the company ethos and values which stretch right across the company. In his own words “it’s a refreshing change to see how everyone at Pearce Hire takes care of our clients and we are all prepared to go above and beyond to deliver 100% client satisfaction”. As a relatively new member of the team, Robin was delighted how he was made to feel very welcome from the get-go and that the team spirit across the warehouse, and the company in general, is very strong.
Robin isn’t alone when he says the most challenging part of working in this industry is time. It isn’t unusual for the team to be working towards tight deadlines – often involving long hours. But he certainly says it with a smile because of course it’s why he loves his job and the challenge it provides! Although Robin is keen to stress that quality and attention to detail is just as important at these demanding times as at any other time.
Robin has had a number of highlights throughout his career so far, but cites his first role in the film & TV industry at the Wimbledon Studios as a particular achievement. At the time he was juggling university studies with working part time but when he was offered a full-time role he dropped his studies and never looked back – as he took on the role of Studio Liaison and Media Village Facilities Liaison. During this time, some of the productions Robin worked on included ITV’s Tipping Point, various BBC programmes and feature films including The Iron Lady. From there, Robin became Technical Manager at Malcolm Ryan Studios, before taking on his current role at Pearce Hire.
During his free-time Robin travels as much as he can, and regularly takes on new challenges – having recently climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales, and run the Great South Run for charity.
The best piece of advice he has ever been given is to respect people – and that you earn respect yourself through the way you treat people, the actions you take and the way you live. He believes that all this combined helps create a great working environment, the opportunity to forge great friendships in the industry and a wide network of contacts.
For any young person looking to enter the industry, Robin would encourage everyone to knuckle down and work hard and never be afraid to ask questions as people are always willing to help people who are keen to learn. With this approach he believes opportunities will come your way.
Thank you for these wise words Robin, and we look forward to seeing where you travel to or what challenge you take up next time you have some precious time off!