About Us

If you are looking for a technical partner with creative flair, an eye for detail and the experience to deliver, then look no further. We’ve been delivering events since 1990. Our success and reputation comes from our wealth of knowledge, expertise and client-centric focus. Delivering world-class events by working with our clients as an extension of their team, covering all aspects of technical production.

We aren’t like your average technical production company, sure we provide you with top-class kit, and work with you from your initial concept through to the delivery of the event and beyond, but, we come with a whole load of added extras. Whatever you need to make your event the best of the best. We’ve got you covered!

What we do

Our story

We started from humble beginnings, selling the ‘Universal’ tripod back in 1990. In 1996 we truly began our journey when the hire department came to life.

Over the years we have diversified and flourished, always staying one step ahead of the game. Earning our reputation within the industry for consistently delivering high quality and innovative event production, with a friendly and professional approach.

Constantly growing our business, in 2005 our Venue Partnership division was formed.

Eight years on and we added to the Universal family once more with Piccadilly Live. In 2016 Piccadilly officially united their bond with us. This coincided with the management buyout and a new leadership team was formed from existing long-serving team members.

To meet the growing demand for virtual events in 2020 we converted our Manchester Branch into a dedicated broadcasting studio in addition a number of virtual studios were set up across the country. Following considerable investment in 2020, we finally moved into our new purpose-built headquarters in West Yorkshire in 2021.

Ian Dickson

Project Manager

Ian Dickson

Project Manager

Pete Bramwell

Head of Technical Production

Pete Bramwell

Head of Technical Production

Finn Evans

Project Manager

Finn Evans

Project Manager

Tom Ogley

Warehouse Technician

Tom Ogley

Warehouse Technician

Vicky Horsfield

Executive Support

Vicky Horsfield

Executive Support

Jake Butterfield

Warehouse Apprentice

Jake Butterfield

Warehouse Apprentice

Aamir Yacoob

AV Technician

Aamir Yacoob

AV Technician

Brendan Barton

Purchase Ledger

Brendan Barton

Purchase Ledger

Cameron Corns

AV Technician

Cameron Corns

AV Technician

Gareth Hughes

Hire Coordinator

Gareth Hughes

Hire Coordinator

Richard Taylor

Project Manager

Richard Taylor

Project Manager

James Martyr

AV Technician

James Martyr

AV Technician

Rob Law

AV Manager

Rob Law

AV Manager

Marc Allen

Head of Project Management

Marc Allen

Head of Project Management

Joe Degeir

AV Technician

Joe Degeir

AV Technician

Chris Mobbs

AV Manager

Chris Mobbs

AV Manager

Callum Harris

Warehouse Technician

Callum Harris

Warehouse Technician

Adrian Wardle

Warehouse Technician

Adrian Wardle

Warehouse Technician

Joseph Palmer

Warehouse Technician

Joseph Palmer

Warehouse Technician

Brogan Hird

Event Logistics Administrator

Brogan Hird

Event Logistics Administrator

Oli Young

Project Manager

Oli Young

Project Manager

Fiona Chan

Operations Support

Fiona Chan

Operations Support

Rebecca Loughrey

Accounts Administrator

Rebecca Loughrey

Accounts Administrator

Iky Yacoob

Senior Project Manager

Iky Yacoob

Senior Project Manager

Alex Devlin

AV Manager

Alex Devlin

AV Manager

Felix Fulop

Project Manager

Felix Fulop

Project Manager

Kirsty Waine

Managing Director

Kirsty Waine

Managing Director

Neil Clappison

Innovation & Sustainability Lead

Neil Clappison

Innovation & Sustainability Lead

Emeline Holdsworth

Accounts Administrator

Emeline Holdsworth

Accounts Administrator

Andy Robinson

Financial Director

Andy Robinson

Financial Director

Stuart Thornton

Hire Manager

Stuart Thornton

Hire Manager

Rhys Large

Vision Technician

Rhys Large

Vision Technician

Dan Robinson

AV Technician

Dan Robinson

AV Technician

Samantha Ogley

Event Logistics

Samantha Ogley

Event Logistics

Aarron Johnson

Warehouse Technician

Aarron Johnson

Warehouse Technician

Dave Eccles

Warehouse Manager

Dave Eccles

Warehouse Manager

Jaymie Mills

Venue Account Manager

Jaymie Mills

Venue Account Manager

Carl Isaac

AV Manager

Carl Isaac

AV Manager

Jonathan Shoesmith

3D & Graphic Designer

Jonathan Shoesmith

3D & Graphic Designer

Ben Stevens

AV Manager

Ben Stevens

AV Manager

Mike Dodsworth

Project Manager

Mike Dodsworth

Project Manager

Charlie Marsden

Lighting Technician

Charlie Marsden

Lighting Technician

Ben Phillips

Operations Director

Ben Phillips

Operations Director

Bill Hill-Brown

Operations Support

Bill Hill-Brown

Operations Support

Values

How you do something is as important as what you do. We are one of the most trusted and recommended technical event companies because of our following principles:

Friendly

Friendly

We are not your average corporate events company. Sure, we only hire the most skilled individuals for our team – but we also choose people who make creating amazing events an absolute joy and are a pleasure to work with.
Professional

Professional

Our team are committed to quality and bring a professional, proactive attitude to every aspect of our service. We thoroughly prepare and test every element of your event, leaving you free to concentrate on what matters to you, knowing the production is sorted.
Reliable

Reliable

If we say we’re going to do something, then you better believe it’s getting done. We’ll be on hand to provide consistent support throughout the planning, set-up and delivery of your project, as well as liaising with all the right people.
Honest

Honest

It may be an old adage, but we genuinely believe honesty is the best policy. Our diligent work ethic comes from a desire to meet – and surpass – the expectations of our clients and create truly great experiences.
Skilled

Skilled

Our team of technical whizz-kids, operational experts and creative designers have hundreds of years of collective experience. We pride ourselves in combining the best technology and audio visual equipment to push the boundaries and engage with your audience.
Creative

Creative

We love finding creative ways to bring your vision to life. Our project managers and designers create engaging content, production design and practical delivery for you to achieve your event goals.
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Meet the
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Universal AV is an award-winning audio visual integration specialist. For over 30 years they have consulted, designed and integrated innovative audio visual solution. Specialising in communication solutions to facilitate agile, hybrid and collaborative environments across all sectors.

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