Pearce Hired

Pearce Hire has emerged from a rigorous tender pitch to win a three-year contract to supply all the power and lighting for the Forestry Commission's live music tours. Abigail Parkin (23 Jan '09)

Forestry Commission Live Music brings music fans leading live performances in a unique setting of woodland and forest locations. The concerts also generate revenue which is reinvested into the woodland.

The Forestry Commission is now a major promoter of summer concerts and, with the addition of Delamere, Westonbirt and Cannock, concerts are regularly staged at its seven sites.
Artists already confirmed for the 2009 series of concerts around the seven venues are Paul Weller, McFly, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Vanessa-Mae, Katherine Jenkins and Status Quo.

Pearce Hire provided power for the first series of tours in 2000 and has been providing power and lighting for eight years. One of the main challenges of the tour is designing equipment that fits the wishes of all artists and delivering a consistent production package at the varied venues, meaning that lighting designers could work very easily at all sites on the tour.

"Contracts relating to our Live Music programme are usually awarded for two, three or four year depending on the type of supplier," said Forestry Commission events manager, "Our competitive tender process is rigorous and we request lots of background detail including financial history, company health and safety policy, sample risk assessments and a proven commitment to environmental sustainability. Pearce Hire's tender submission was comprehensive and confirmed to us that they were the best supplier to award the contract to."


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