Facebook told me that summer had started recently, which was helpful as I wrestled with my umbrella. The usual summer slowdown has not taken affect yet though, and people seem, on the whole, pretty busy. Our key markets, Soho Post Production, AV lighting, big sound systems for large events and sports production kit suppliers all seem to be pretty buoyant and optimistic. The Media Production show has been and gone and was warmly received. By that I mean it was really warm inside, which does wonders for bar sales, and it was a great networking opportunity, and had some interesting seminars. It was lovely to see so many friends at our after-show drinks event. I’m glad I wasn’t personally picking up that tab for that one.
Geographically, the Islington show worked well, which was its USP over the much larger BVE show at Excel. It will be interesting to see how popular it is at its new Olympia home next year. I’m sure the BVE people will be willing the Crossrail project to complete on time which will reduce journey times to 10 minutes from Liverpool Street and 20 minutes from Paddington.
The traditional summer ENG shooting season is an interesting one this year. The BBC is to broadcast over 630 hours of Olympics and Paralympics content over the summer. Add this to the approx. 200 hours of Euros coverage and you’ve got an enormous reduction in the broadcasters demand for regular TV content over the summer period. It’s only a short term dip obviously, but it may be painful for some in what is usually its peak period.
Good news for the sports hire companies though, with perhaps Europe’s busiest sporting weekend ever on July 9th & 10th July. In no particular order, the Euros final, the Mens Wimbledon final, The British Grand Prix, Fury v Klitschco 2 in Manchester, The European Athletic Championships in Amsterdam, stages 8 & 9 of the Tour De France and 2 big horse race meetings at Newmarket and Ascot. Blimey, mon dieu, and verdraaid!!
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