The UK rental/staging market has a brand new player. Torpedo Factory Group is a merger between Gordon Audio Visual, a long-established AV hire and live events company; Foresight Audio Visual, a provider of integrated AV/IT and video conferencing technologies; and a newly created film and media production company, Torpedo Factory Films.
The core reason for the merger, according to the company, is to integrate all these specialised media services and make them available to clients existing and new.
Gordon AV has been in business for over 50 years. The company provides a broad range of AV and IT equipment for live events, meetings, venues, presentations and conferences. In the past year alone, the events Gordon has helped stage or provided equipment for have included Gordon Brown’s ‘Faith in Politics’ evening at Lambeth Palace, the Papal Visit, the launch of the new Routemaster Bus by the Mayor of London, and the Philip Green Memorial Trust Boxing Evening.
Foresight AV can provide small installations right through to bespoke installation consultancy projects, often in conjunction with the company’s specialist AV interior designer, to meet customer requirements and ensure the equipment fits in seamlessly with the working environment - including fixtures and fittings such as workstations, desks, chairs, lighting and flooring.
Torpedo Factory Films is the newly formed company of the Group, but its staff are said to bring years of film production experience across all genres and platforms for agencies, brands and public sector who have worked with clients such as Wii, TalkTalk, Jo Malone, Thinkbox, BT, Serco, CEOP, The Arts Council and Vodafone.
The Torpedo Factory Group’s management team comprises Nick Clark, Group Chief Executive; Anwar Osman, Group Managing Director; Jeff Emerson, Managing Director of Torpedo Factory Films; and Keith McCullagh, Non-Executive Chairman.
The Group says that it is looking to expand by both organic and acquisitive growth and will be making further announcements shortly.