What I love about event transport

After asking the team what they love about music transport, we thought we’d ask them what they love about event transport.

There were naturally some parallels between the two, but below we’ve listed the main reasons why event transport jobs are so very rewarding.


The versatility

At Stagefreight we support events from music to conferences! You never know which event transport job is coming in next.

One day you’ll find yourself supporting a commercial vehicle conference. The next you’re getting a 16-foot cake sculpture to London’s Regent Park by dawn! (We’ve got a case study on that one).

The versatility of event transport is truly fascinating. Our team has supported ballet and theatre shows, live events and music tours, conferences and exhibitions of all shapes, sizes and topics.

Stagefreight at Tech Life 2018
Here’s the team arriving at the Tech Life / IFA 2018 Berlin conference to support Lenovo.

The venues

Our team loves getting out and about, which is handy considering we send them all over the UK and Europe.

Not only is there a lot of versatility on event types but also on venues.

We’re regulars at Birmingham’s NEC, a venue that exhibits over 500 events every year.

We’re also familiar with the Skenderija (Skender’s place) in Sarajevo that gets space for 70,000 m² worth of events and the 26 halls of the Berlin Meese.

There are also some stunningly designed venues out there.

Some of our design favourites include:

  • The Austria Centre Vienna is stunningly designed with 24 halls and 180 offices.
  • The Convention Centre in Dublin, which has won 40 industry awards for providing an international stage for conferences and events.
  • The MiCo Milan has been Italy’s leading convention centre sine 1994 with 500 event per year
  • The Square Brussels Convention Centre,  a venue with 13,000 m² worth of space and a key convention centre for Brussels since 1958
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The Stagefreight camaraderie

You can probably tell we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. Our friendliness shines through when we’re interacting with customers (and when with each other).

Here we are supporting Production Light & Sound for their event at the NEC in Birmingham. Production Light & Sound kindly passed on all the good work via social media.

Stagefreight truck load with Production Lighting and Sound
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The Stagefreight team also help each other out on Facebook with tips on locations, best routes and venue requirements.

Stagefreight Facebook Conversation

Of course, there is naturally a bit of good-natured banter too.


The growing urban challenge

According to Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue from the Transport Geography group, urban transport is one of the key challenges both freight operators and cities are facing.

Urbanisation is on the rise with public spaces growing alongside it. There are two exciting challenges that our team is well prepared for.

  1. Getting the schedule right
  2. Knowing when and how to optimise using urban trailers

Budapest chain bridge

The growth of city centres impact delivery timings.

But our team are pros at planning timings (having never missed a cue) and they are more than ready to meet the urban challenge.

One key tool for meeting the growing urban challenge is Stagefreight’s specially designed urban trailers.

Did you know that our director Chris designed our urban trailers?

Find out more about what makes the Stagefreight urban trailers so popular for venues in city centres.


If you think event transport is for you, take a closer look at our latest vacancies on the Stagefreight jobs page.

Or if you want the Stagefreight team to provide transport for your event give us a call on 0113 238 0805 today. You can also use our contact page for more options to get in touch with us.


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The Most Important Healthcare Trade Exhibitions across Europe

At Stagefreight, we transport event equipment and props for many different clients.

But we aren’t just about the glitz and glamour of stage shows and music festivals. We’re experts in exhibition transport, including exhibitions for the healthcare industry.

That’s why we’ve highlighted some of the top healthcare trade exhibitions in Europe. These are perfect examples of the types of exhibitions we can help you with.

Altenpflege

Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th of March, Hanover

exhibition transport Hanover

This event is self-described as the nursing industry’s flagship fair. It’s the perfect opportunity for exhibitors to show off their products and services.

Last year’s show attracted 27,000 visitors and over 650 exhibitors. 90% of visitors would also recommend Altenpfledge to others.

The exhibition features four halls of exhibitors, each one dedicated to a different area of nursing. Whether you’re interested in furnishings, mobility aids, kitchen equipment or IT solutions, there’s sure to be a hall you’re interested in.

There are also presentation opportunities at the Altenpfledge connect facilities, which let you present your company and ideas to an interested audience.

Learn more at the official Altenpfledge website. A downloadable brochure is also available.

Dental Expo 2018

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th of March, Amsterdam

exhibition transport Amsterdam

This ‘integrated platform for dental care’ runs every two years, with a special focus on dental products, information and services. They work to connect and inspire the Netherlands’ dental industry, and it has a lot to offer all of its visitors.

People coming to the exhibition can check out equipment for dental technology, prostheses, laboratory materials, business services and much more.

There is also an extensive program of seminars on topics like teeth whitening, understanding privacy rules and the benefits of dental professionals digitising their dental practices.

As an added bonus visitors to the event will receive a ‘smart badge’ that eliminates the need for heavy brochures.

Touch it to an exhibitor’s badge reader, and you will receive an email with the details of the exhibitors you visited!

For more details, visit the official Dental Expo website.

Infarma 2018

Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th of March, Madrid

exhibition transport Madrid

This event is dedicated to the European pharmacy industry, focusing on over-the-counter medicines and related products.

It’s actually divided into two separate events; one is to meet suppliers and learn about the latest products and technologies. The other one acts as a meeting point for discussion of current professional issues.

The Medicine and Parapharmacy Exhibition offers dozens of exhibitors, a variety of stand options and products from all corners of the pharmacy industry.

Meanwhile, the European Pharmacies Conference will host speakers from around the world, addressing the key issues in the world of pharmacy today.

People in this industry can look forward to an event firing on all cylinders! For full details, visit the official Infarma website.

Africa Healthcare Summit

Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 7th of March, London

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This event is Africa’s largest healthcare event in Europe. Taking place at London’s Royal Institute, it begins with a conference of more than 100 speakers from African healthcare institutions.

The exhibition, meanwhile, offers distributors from 23 different countries, including big names like Canon.

The exhibition is part of the 5th annual Africa Healthcare Week, a scheme to improve African healthcare in the wake of significant economic and population growth.

It’s an excellent opportunity for companies to do business in a booming market! Learn all about it at the official website.

Exposanitá

Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th of April, Bologna

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This Italian exhibition is focused on innovating the healthcare system.

Described as ‘an opportunity for business, knowledge and professional growth,’ it showcases the latest products and services the Italian healthcare industry has to offer.

More than 600 companies will be attending, with 11 exhibiting areas and over 230 workshops for visitors to attend.

The event is suitable for people working at all levels of Italian healthcare, including GPs, lecturers, researchers and healthcare workers. For a full programme of events visit the official Exposanita website.

CPhI Worldwide

Tuesday 9th- Thursday 11th of October, Madrid

This event is pitching itself as ‘the world’s leading pharmaceutical platform.’

More than 45,000 people and 2,500 exhibitors will be attending the event over three days.

It’s an excellent place to maintain business relationships, forge new ones in emerging markets and mingle with people from more than 150 countries.

The event also offers a series of in-depth seminars on relevant topics; all of these are free to access, and presented from a non-commercial perspective.

From pharmaceutical packaging to mergers and acquisitions, to the latest technological developments, they’re the perfect way to keep your finger on the industry pulse.

Visit the official website here for more details.

Medica 2018

Monday 12th- Thursday 15th of October, Düsseldorf

A world-leading trade fair for the medical industry, this event promises to be an excellent choice for all healthcare professionals.

Hundreds of exhibitors will be filling the exhibition halls, with many different countries represented.

From Argentina to Vietnam, you really will be spoilt for choice.

Its biggest draw is the range of forums and conferences that it has to offer. Attendees can learn all about the latest advances in the world of medicine, from wearable technologies in sport and healthcare, hot topics in diabetology, disruptive technologies like virtual reality, and much more besides.

For full details, visit the Medica 2018 website.


This is just a sample of the most important healthcare trade exhibitions across Europe.medical exhibitions running in Europe over the next few weeks. And it’s a great example of the exhibitions we can help you organise.

Our drivers can support you through the exhibition and perform a wide variety of tasks. If you’re exhibiting abroad, we will handle all the relevant paperwork and documentation. We can even add your branding to our trailers, giving your event some added promotion. Take a look at our exhibition transport service page for more details.

Or visit our Contact Us page to get in touch, and take the first step toward an amazing exhibition!

The Biggest European Automotive Shows of 2018

At Stagefreight, we transport event equipment for many different clients. But we don’t just facilitate live shows and theatre productions. We’re experts in exhibition transport, and we can help you organise exhibitions around the world.

Since we’ve helped clients in the automotive industry, we thought we’d put together an article highlighting some of the most exciting automotive shows Europe has to offer. They’re just the kinds of events our exhibition transport skills can be applied to.

Auto Messe Ried 

2-4 February

Taking place near Salzburg, this event describes itself as Upper Austria’s largest new car fair. It features representatives from Audio, BMW, Citroen and many other car manufacturers. Visitors to the event can compare over 250 models of 35 car brands. There are also several other attractions including a vintage car exhibition, children’s attractions, free workshops and even a Formula 1 racing simulator!

With a broad focus, this event offers many different opportunities. Click here to visit the official website (The official site is in German).

Automechanika Birmingham

5-7 June, Birmingham NEC

Described as ‘the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector,’ this exhibit is an excellent opportunity for anyone in these industries.

Over 500 exhibitors are expected to attend the event in 2018, with the likes of Bosch, Magal/Arlington and Polar Manufacturing exhibiting last year. 2017 also saw over 2,000 professionals attending, from companies like Ford, BMW and Rolls Royce. There will even be 9,300 professionals from the aftermarket. Look out for companies like  Kwik Fit, AA, Tesco and Halfords!

For 2018, the event will offer a facilitated meetings programme. This programme will put visitors and suppliers in touch with one another based on their needs and resources. The event will also extend some of the opening hours to allow more time for business networking.

With workshops, demonstrations and much more, Automechanika Birmingham promises to be a thrilling event for everyone. Visit the official website for more details.

IZB Wolfsburg

16-18 October, Wolfsburg

This German exhibition brings together many different stakeholders in automobile production. Running over 3 days, it presents many excellent networking opportunities for both entrepreneurs and industry suppliers. It also offers several different conferences, meetings and forums on topics relevant to the automotive market.

In previous years over 800 exhibitors and 51,000 visitors attended the event from 29 countries. Professional visitors from industries like automotive engineering, automotive accessories, subcontracting and many more can find something worthwhile at this event!

For more information on this event, visit the TradeFairDates website.

Paris Motor Show 2018

4-14 October, Paris

Taking place every two years, the Paris Motor Show is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The professional trade show debuts many exciting cars each time. These include production automobile and concept cars. 2016’s show featured cars from 10 different countries, with the likes of Ferrari, Tesla and Jaguar all in attendance.

This event takes place in Paris expo Porte de Versailles, Europe’s largest exhibition complex, renowned for the massive international events it plays host to. For more details, click here.

Warsaw Moto Show

16-18 November

This Polish automotive trade show promises plenty of glitz and glamour as its website promises. Last year’s show attracted over 160,000 visitors, over 200 exhibitors and 84 automotive debuts. Moreover, people visiting the event can check out the luxury vehicles showroom, a dedicated motorsports zone, and even specialised zones for tires and car care!

The event takes place at Peak Warsaw Expo, Poland’s largest exhibition centre. Located on the outskirts of Warsaw, it boasts 143,000 square meters of indoor exhibition space. Visit the official website for full details on the trade show.

These are just some examples of automotive exhibitions across Europe. There are, of course, also many more specialist exhibitions planned throughout 2018 across Europe.

And these are exactly the kind of events that Stagefreight can help you to run and organise.

Our professional and experienced drivers support you throughout the exhibition and even join your team as you need them to. And when it comes to transporting your exhibition material we can add your branding to the trailers themselves! This gives you some added promotion once we’re on the road.

Most importantly, though, we handle all the documentation and paperwork for exhibitions abroad. Whether you’re importing or exporting, working with Stagefreight for your exhibition transport makes things all the easier!

Take a look at our services pages for more details, or give us a call today on 0113 238 0805.

The Rise of the Business Week

At Stagefreight we help set up many different events, from music festivals to theatre productions. But our business doesn’t end with entertainment. Today, we’d like to talk about a growing trend and how Stagefreight can help you make the most of it.

 

Over the last years, several cities have hosted special corporate events involving a collection of local businesses to promote the prosperity of the area. The business week as the name implies lasts over several days and requires multiple venues plus enticing seminar rooms to increase attendance. Thereby making this corporate event a large logistical undertaking.

Topics of the business week’s seminars are often around communication, digital marketing and how to best encourage more trade into the local area. There are also networking events and more informal meal networking events, where attendees can get to know each other.

 

The main purpose of the business week is to inform and educate other local businesses and therefore acts as a learning experience than a selling opportunity, but nevertheless offers businesses a great opportunity to increase exposure of their brand and services or products.

 

Business weeks are a great place to learn new things and meet new people.

The Yorkshire Mafia business group launched their latest Leeds Business Week event in October. Bringing together over 100 businesses and hosting over 100 events, it was a brilliant opportunity to learn about new topics and make new contacts.

But Leeds isn’t alone in its efforts. Wolverhampton, Humber and Inverness each held a business week of their own earlier this year, while the York business week is still to come in November.

There’s even a Responsible Business Week championing businesses that work to make a positive difference in society.

 

The idea of the business week is not a new one. York Business Week dates back to 2010, while Humber Business Week began back in 2004. However, their continued success (and emergence of new ones) suggests that they are here to stay, and businesses of all kinds can continue to benefit from them.

With business weeks growing in popularity across the UK, we’re confident that these will only get bigger and better over time. Bigger events require equipment and the right expertise to get everything set-up across multiple locations.

 

Much of Stagefreight’s work overlaps with the format of business weeks. One of the key parts of our business, for instance, is exhibitions. Whatever its format or content, we can transport exhibition materials to a venue on time and in perfect condition. We can also help set-up any exhibition materials onsite.

As well as exhibitions, Stagefreight transports materials for business conferences. These present their own challenges since conferences frequently follow location trends. This means we’ve transported materials for conferences around the world, from Africa to the Arctic.

 

Business week events can be serious and education-focused, or more relaxed and social-focused.

Our prior experience means Stagefreight can handle all the challenges a business week presents. We are able to transport goods safely, to a variety of locations around a city. We can help set-up on arrival, ensuring you’re ready to present any seminars or network with complete confidence. Whatever the task, Stagefreight is ready and willing to take it on.

If you’re looking to host your own business week (or improve the way you run an existing one) Stagefreight is on hand to help you out.

For a fast, obligation-free quote on your transport requirements, give us a call today on 0113 238 0805.