Could a Virtual Conference help your business?

The current situation has left conference organisers and event planners in a tough spot.  Whilst live events may have to be shuttered for now, the communication can continue as a virtual conference.

Of course, it is possible to deliver your virtual conference content from your own home or office with just a webcam and a video platform, and for some this might offer a viable solution.   But in many cases companies will need a more professional finish.  If you’re planning to move your conference online and are looking for professional production, First Network can help.

State of the Art Facilities

We are pleased to offer event facilities at our West London premises.

Our Ultra High Definition LED wall provides a striking, customisable and interactive backdrop.

Expertise

Our expertise will help you to take your virtual conference further.

Make it a multi-camera shoot with custom, picture-in-picture layouts and dynamic content scrolling through our LED backdrop.

Dedicated video encoding equipment gives a seamless professional edge. Customised seating, lecterns and branded collateral can be added as required.

Pharmaceutical Product Launch

Live-Stream or Pre-record

Presenters can record in person at our studio, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Or if you prefer, we will build a set at your own venue and supply all the necessary equipment and team to you.

We can either live stream your virtual event or record and publish it to a content delivery network (CDN), enabling your delegates to watch at their own pace.

TALK TO US TODAY TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN :

  • Deliver your sessions online and engage with audiences in the same way you would for your in-person events.

  • Get your virtual conference off the ground with a free consultation.

  • Let us talk you through everything you’ll need to get your event up and running.


Video-conferencing, Live Event Streaming and Virtual Meetings

Don’t let unforeseen circumstances impact your business. Stay connected by scheduling a VC meeting from anywhere.

If you need to rethink your event plans, First Network can work with you to find creative solutions. We can get you set up with live streaming and video-conferencing facilities in order for your workplace to continue to function as smoothly as possible.

In the current climate of uncertainty, First Network are focusing on teleconference and video conferencing capabilities. We aim to ensure our clients can continue to operate effectively during any period of travel restriction.

Give us a call to see how our experienced production team can help you to find alternative ways of working.


New Year, New Equipment! Introducing our New Range of Digital Signage

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our new Ultra HD LCD Digital Signage.

We’ve had some exciting new arrivals in our warehouse this month. A new range of UHD 4K LCD digital signage and it’s available for hire right away. The range offers both 16:9 and 32:9 extended wide screen formats. These cutting-edge products have exceptional anti-glare screens which make them ideal for use in an events setting.

16.9 Samsung QM55R LCD Display

The deeper option is the SAMSUNG QM55R EDGE-LIT LCD DISPLAY . This top-of-the-range screen delivers exceptional 4K UHD non-glare picture quality. Samsung’s ‘Dynamic Crystal Colour’ technology uses up to a billion colours to deliver crystal clear, lifelike colour.
The displays are slim and easy to install and are fully compatible with Cisco WebEx® Room Kit products to provide the ultimate conferencing solution.

They are able to deliver UHD quality even with lower resolution content through innovative UHD upscaling technology and unique picture-enhancing features.

32:9 LG 88″ BH7D

For a full stretch option, at 32:9 format the Ultra-stretch LG 88BH7D delivers super-widescreen aspect ratio in Ultra HD 4K resolution.

We’re looking forward to engaging delegates like never before with the dramatic effects achievable with this exciting new bit of kit.
Here are just some of the reasons we love it!

  • Content can easily be switched from portrait to landscape, thanks to cutting edge image rotation software
  • Ultra HD Resolution and 32:9 extended wide format
  • The UHD display delivers an immersive viewing experience
  • Dynamic content can now be delivered on a single screen as Picture-by-Picture (PBP) tech delivers up to four sections in one display without calibration.

Follow the links above to see the products on our HIRE pages,  or give us a call to talk about how our display solutions can really bring your event to life.


Pole Position - Private Equity Dinner at Studio 434

We were delighted to be back at Studio 434 this month, working on an event for a Private Equity client.

Created and owned by businessman Rodger Dudding, Studio434 is one of the most extensive, privately owned classic vehicle collections in the UK.

Today Studio 434 is more than a home for a cherished car collection. Now divided into two buildings, it is a museum, a secure vehicle storage facility, a classic vehicle hire company, a film and photographic studio centre and a unique event venue. The venue features two refurbished double-storey event spaces with wooden floors and views of the car collection through a glass wall. Event organisers can specify the vehicles they’d like on display or even provide their own entertainment through the glass.

It’s perfect for a dinner event with a difference and a must for any car enthusiast.

First Network worked closely with the venue to provide dramatic lighting designed to fully highlight the beauty of the collection. A full audio system ensured that speakers and music were crystal clear.

What started as one man’s private car collection fifty years ago, is now conservatively valued at £40 million and includes the world’s largest private collection of Aston Martins.  This year the theme of the dinner was ‘100 Years of Bentley’.

It was a real treat for motor enthusiasts, both clients and crew alike and we look forward to working at this unique venue again in the future. Many thanks to everyone who worked hard to ensure the success of the event.


Halloween Ball London

A stylishly spooky turn out for The Unicef Halloween Ball

A host of Unicef UK Ambassadors and high-profile supporters led last week’s stylishly spooky turn out for Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball. The evening raised a phenomenal £250,000 to support Unicef’s life-saving work for children in danger around the world.

We were honoured to play a part at the event, which saw stars like Keeley Hawes, Anne-Marie, and Laura Whitmore descending on One Marylebone, London for a Halloween experience like no other. The event featured an an interactive “haunted house’ drinks reception and an elegant baroque themed dinner, provided by event caterers Dish.

Entertainment included stellar performances from chart topper Anne-Marie, Unicef UK Ambassador Jessie Ware, and legendary musician Jools Holland.

Dinner guests heard from Unicef UK supporter Levison Wood who spoke about the vital work made possible by generous donations, having recently arrived back from Democratic Republic of Congo where he saw first-hand Unicef’s live-saving work.

Guests pledged their support at a money-can’t-buy auction – with lots including diamond earrings worn by Olivia Colman at the 2019 Golden Globes, a brown suede jacket worn by Roger Moore in Octopussy (1983) and a once in a lifetime velodrome cycling experience with Sir Chris Hoy.

Guest performer Jools Holland said: “It’s been such a privilege performing on behalf of Unicef UK tonight and I know the money raised this evening will help children around the world stay happy, healthy and safe. From the spooky costumes to the incredible auction lots the whole evening has been spectacular. A massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Douglas Alexander, chair of Unicef UK, said: “Since 2013, the Unicef UK Halloween Ball has raised nearly £5 million which helps protect children in danger around the world. Money raised from tonight’s event will help us continue vital work to ensure no child is forgotten – especially those at greatest risk and in the hardest to reach places. A huge thank you to everyone who bid at the auction, bought raffle tickets or donated during the pledge moment. We couldn’t support the world’s most vulnerable children without you.”

Our crew were delighted to be a part of the team of consummate professionals who came together to ensure the event’s success. The money raised at Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, support children in danger around the world. Since 2013, Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball has raised nearly £5 million to support Unicef’s work.

We were so glad to have been involved in such an important – and fun – evening.

To find out more, visit unicef.org.uk


Annual Investment Forum at The Rosewood London

We were really pleased to be asked to deliver this annual investment forum  once again on behalf of an Investment Bank client.

Its central location and immaculately restored Edwardian Grade II-listed building made The Rosewood Hotel an ideal venue choice.

150 delegates were seated in cabaret style in the main the ballroom. First Network erected an 18m x 3m Absen LED wall surrounded by a bespoke stage set complete with back lit lettering.

A nice touch was the service provided by London-based company  Candy Mechanics who specialise in bespoke chocolate products. Delegates were invited to ‘Treat Themselves’ to a custom-made chocolate lollipop of their own head.  A short video impression of each guest was taken and then this was used to laser carve a 3D chocolate lollipop in their image.  The lollipop packaging was custom-branded making it a novel and fitting parting gift with which to remember the day.

2019 is the fifth year running that First Network has been asked to deliver this investment forum. We are grateful and proud that a large number of our clients continue to work with us year after year. We believe that it’s a great testimony to the high standards they can expect from our team.

Well done everyone.


Pharmaceutical Product Launch

'All Hands on Deck' for Pharmaceutical Launch Event

It really was ‘All Hands on Deck’ at this outstanding event at the St Ermine’s Hotel this week.

 
The nautical themed event marked the launch of two ground-breaking drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and IBD respectively.
Their development is the result of a dedicated partnership between two Global Pharmaceutical Companies.
 
140 delegates attended. We occupied two rooms within the prestigious venue: The Ballroom and The Cloisters Suite.
 
In the Cloisters main room First Network provided a 12m x 4m display with Watchout and Barco E2 control. Set-up also included full audio system with Catchbox mics, multiple tie clip and hand held radio mics.
 
The Ballroom set up featured a smaller 6m x 2m high resolution LED display,  Barco S3 video control, video playback via Mac computers and laptops for Powerpoint.
 
Lighting comprised of multiple LED uplights, Martin Professional Mac 700 moving lights and projected #Gobos.
 
The event was a huge success and we were really pleased to have been involved. Well done to everyone who played a part.
 
 


Brandon Miles

First Network Welcomes Brandon Miles to the team

First Network are delighted to announce the arrival of Brandon Miles who joins our London team as AV Warehouse Technician.
A recent graduate of Buckinghamshire New University Brandon has a degree in Audio and Music Production. With a solid background in Audio and Lighting Production, Brandon is sure to be a huge asset to the team and we’re delighted to have him on board.

Welcome to First Network Brandon!

Click here to see the rest of the team.


Sunbeam Studios Launch Event

Stella McCartney & Adidas Launch Sustainable 'Infinite Hoodie'

An estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry.  A collaboration between Stella McCartney and Adidas aims to use new thinking and new technologies to take what is being wasted and transform it into a resource.

We worked on the launch event at The Sunbeam Studios in West London.

First Network provided technical support for the event, which debuted the Adidas by Stella McCartney ‘Infinite Hoodie’.

This ground-breaking garment embodies what textile developer Evrnu calls ‘NuCycl’. Evrnu have invented an entirely new kind of engineered fiber with extraordinary performance and environmental advantages, made from discarded clothing.

Not only is it made from recycled fabrics but the Infinite Hoodie is in it’s turn, 100% recyclable. Created in an ultra-limited run, it is designed to be disassembled and returned to the NuCycl system.

 “Right now in the U.S., consumers dispose of about 80% of their textiles directly into their garbage can. That’s the behaviour we’re really trying to tackle,” said Stacy Flynn, chief executive and co-founder of Evrnu. The production process involves shredding and liquefying discarded clothing into a pulp. After the pulp is processed through a filter in Evrnu’s pilot facility, it is converted into a premium fibre. The fibre can be spun into yarn, dyed and then woven into fabric.

A partnership between Adidas and Stella McCartney was a natural fit. Adidas’ strategy is to create products that not only perform for the athlete, but for the world at large. They have already been designing footwear and apparel using upcycled plastic waste. The next challenge is to end the concept of waste entirely, in this case creating products that are made to be remade.

Designer Stella McCartney has always fought to promote ethical and environmental fashion. She said:

“Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment. We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives. By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality. With Adidas by Stella McCartney we’re creating high performance products that also safeguard the future of the planet.”

The launch heralds an important leap for sustainable, eco-friendly fashion.

The event provided an exciting glimpse into the future of the fashion industry and First Network were proud to be associated.


Sustainable Investment Summit

Sustainable Investment Summit, Client Offices London.

Sustainability is a hot topic.

The effects of climate change are becoming more evident every day. From changing weather patterns and reduced water availability to deforestation and melting icecaps, the examples are all around us.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control) fears that our influence will cause irreversible catastrophes and governments and businesses are putting in place urgent strategies to address the impact of their actions.

Business are increasingly looking at ways to reduce emissions and minimise their carbon footprint, initiatives which are no longer only driven by altruism.  PWC says ‘Sustainability is fast becoming the lens through which a business is judged by its customers, workforce, society and even its investors’.

With this in mind we were proud to deliver The Sustainable Investment Summit this week at the London offices of a global investment bank client.

The event brought together investment professionals from across the country to discuss how the actions taken today will impact future generations and sustainability projects as a growing business opportunity.

It was imperative that we also ‘walked the walk’ and there was a keen focus on maintaining the highest standards of ecological awareness throughout the event.

We built a 9m widescreen LED wall in situ – thus eliminating any waste associated with traditional printed stage backdrops.

Demo stations outside the conference room showcased some of the client’s sustainability initiatives. The food served at the event was meat-free and innovative edible packaging solutions were used in place of single-use plastics.  One of these was an exciting new alternative drinks packaging ‘ooho’ from Notpla, which delivered both alcoholic and soft drinks to delegates with zero waste.

Watch the video here to learn more.

All small but important steps towards a more sustainable future.