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ADLIB expands space, people

Growth in its business has seen ADLIB double its space - including a new classroom complex - and hire a number of additional people.

Liverpool, UK-based sound, lighting and AV rental specialist ADLIB has moved into its new warehouse in Speke, following what the company says was another strong trading year with steady growth. This has more than doubled ADLIB’s existing space to over 50,000 square feet, following an investment of over £1 million including the property purchase.

In addition to this, ADLIB says that a further £1.2 million was invested in new equipment last year to ensure that the current rental stock in all departments offers the latest, best and most popular technologies to ADLIB’s clients and projects.

Integral to the new warehouse is a custom designed fully self-contained classroom complex, seating up to 85 and configurable in different formats, plus a series of practical areas for training sessions and seminars. The new facilities are also available for use by suppliers and manufacturers to stage their own open days, product awareness and training events.

L-ACOUSTICS has already staged two K1 system training sessions and launched its new ARCS cabinet there. Other premium brands utilising the training space in the near future include Labgruppen, DigiDesign, Yamaha, Midas and Shure.

Just outside the classroom is a large demo area that can be fully draped off, which is set up with four different audio consoles … allowing engineers to experiment.

Also new is a separate space dedicated to rigging and motors, a series of prep bays plus service and technical areas and workshops.

The company has taken on seven new full-time staff as part of an on-going restructuring process of which the new warehouse is a key element, bringing the total to 85, plus the regular pool of freelance engineers and technicians.

Five new apprentices have also been taken on with more to follow shortly. ADLIB is part of the Creative Apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with Liverpool Community College.

“The expansion, the restructuring and the new warehouse has been a necessity to service not only our clients increasing demands but also to service our internal needs and requirements,” said ADLIB CEO Andy Dockerty (pictured). “The demands upon our office and warehouse staff to continually deliver under the constraints put upon them by lack of space and support were becoming increasingly problematic. Now we collectively have a far superior infrastructure in every way, with both the facilities and personnel to provide a solid foundation for the next 5 years development.”