SPECSAVERS VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2018
Date: Saturday July 14 2018
Location: Exhibition Centre Liverpool, part of ACC Liverpool
Number of delegates: 1000
The biennial ball is a big thank you for all Specsavers staff and their partners to gather together to celebrate the successes of the previous years, as well as look forward to the year ahead.
On arrival at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, guests enjoyed a champagne reception in the venue’s glass atrium, which overlooks the River Mersey.
Attendees then walked through a specially constructed star-clothed tunnel which led into the halls.
The halls were transformed into a Royal Variety themed spaced, featuring aerial silks, a stage, banqueting area and dancefloor.
Production was provided in-house by the ACC Liverpool production team who won a competitive tender process to provide full services earlier this year. The team developed detailed plans, designs and visuals to demonstrate options and additions to enhance and develop the production offer in response to the client brief.
Full production elements included lighting, sound, AV, show calling, content creation, auto cue, artist liaison and stage management. The team also provided technical support for a talent show for staff, working with participants and ensuring the required AV was in place.
TV presenter Stephen Mulhern hosted the show and entertainment was provided by the FlameOz Fire Show and band The Sparks. Guests dined on a four-course meal provided by ACC Liverpool caterers Centerplate which included blackened asparagus for starters followed by a contra fillet of beef then sharing platters for dessert featuring upside down banana and sugared peanut cheesecake with Oreo crumbs. Popcorn and doughnut stations were available for guests later in the evening.
Guest numbers increased prior to the event so the decision was taken between the client, the ACC Liverpool production and events team to completely change the layout one month before. However thanks to the flexibility, skills and knowledge of the ACC Liverpool team, the changes were carried out smoothly and effectively and the team delivered a very successful event with positive client and attendee feedback.
Alex Costen, Specsavers senior events manager – public relations departments said: “The venue in Liverpool provided a perfect space for our celebratory event and with the help of the production team guests were really wowed when they first entered the hall through an impressive star clothed tunnel. Entertainment, production and the meal were top notch and feedback from guests was really positive.”
What our clients say
Here are a few of our client case studies to give you a flavour of the support we can offer you
1000 capacity dinner
High profile keynote speakers from across all political parties and health care organisations came together this year to speak at the NHS’s flagship event.
D.End Plenary Set up
A bright, innovative and colourful stage set was delivered in the arena, along side a host of traditional and new technological services, such as interactive voting over delegates own devices.
Some feedback from the organiser Kathryn Clark
“The production team at ACC Liverpool is a one stop shop - having multiple break out rooms, a huge plenary in the arena and a dinner at St George’s Hall means that one point of contact is incredibly valuable”
Year on year support
The production team at ACC Liverpool have supported NCRI production since 2010, increasing year on year the level of support to full production.
Our 12m screen was fed with two 14,000 lumen Christie projectors, which then supported a range of HD sources which we streamed live as well as putting to screen.
A word from the organiser Sharon Vanloo
“The service provided by the ACC Liverpool AV’s department was second to none…. Always extremely high level, which is often lacking at venues providing in-house AV.”
Keynote speakers such as Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, Wayne Hemmingway and Ultimo’s Michelle Mone made for an A list line up.
A word from our client - Bernice Law
"We knew we were in safe hands and really enjoyed working with everyone in the production team, on what were two hugely successful Accelerate events”
An overnight production build was required ahead of the IFB Dinner and on the evening, a video link to pre-recorded footage of the prime minister was set-up and managed by our team.
1000 capacity dinner
Liverpool’s finest and greatest from the sporting and celebrity world graced the BT convention centre for one night in 2013, for Steven Gerrard’s testimonial dinner.
Pre Event Visuals
Our in-house design team created stunning life like visuals which allowed the client to see a complete design to delivery solution.
Event Organiser Sportcel James Corcoran
“Our thanks go to the ACC Liverpool production team for their design, and technical talents leading up to and during the gala dinner”