So how do you celebrate 15 years in audiovisual integration Pure AV style? An easy question for Pure AV managing director, Peter Sutton,
“Our success over the years has come from the quality of the people we have on the team, supported by strong supplier relationships and interaction with an innovative and loyal customer base. As we celebrate our 15 Year anniversary, it made sense to bring each of these groups together”.
On Thursday 29th November, Pure AV welcomed a broad selection of manufacturer and supplier partners to the recently extended Preston offices for a morning of speed-dating style product updates for the sales and design teams.
Later in the afternoon, the doors opened to end customers including, businesses, healthcare organisations and universities, to explore the technology on display and have a glimpse at the ongoing developments to the Preston office.
Many of the vendors present at the Tech day have been part of the Pure AV solution portfolio from the beginning. Others are newer additions, as emerging technologies have brought them into the solution roadmap. All were extremely positive about the day’s format; the feedback from Stephen Bell of Extron echoing the sentiment of participating suppliers. “The Tech day provided an amazing opportunity to spend productive time both with the Pure AV sales team and their customers. In the morning the Pure AV team visited stands in pairs, which meant we were able to tailor our conversations to match knowledge and interest and get the most of our 15-minute “speed-date”. Then, in the afternoon, to have them return with their customers worked brilliantly. It gave us the opportunity for some focused and valuable discussion.”
With around fifty end customers in attendance, including local businesses, healthcare institutions and universities, the turnout for the day exceeded all expectations as Pure AV marketing manager, Erica Whittle explained. “To have fifty customers through the door on a wet and windy November day was fantastic; particularly as we only decided to open it up to end customers a couple of weeks’ before the launch date”. Whittle continued, “The tech day was originally planned as an internal training session, but to have twenty vendors gathered together in a northern venue is quite unusual and we felt that the event would offer value to our customers. It was also a great way to bring our customers into the celebrations for our 15th anniversary”.
Those anniversary celebrations carried on into the second day of planned activity that saw the full company and supplier guests head to the Lake District for a day of outdoor adventure. The group braved the elements to take on challenges including axe throwing, tower building, quad biking and digger driving before heading to the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal for dinner and evening entertainment.
The evening had a Superhero theme and included an update from managing director, Peter Sutton and the newly formed Strategic leadership Team, before the announcement of the 15 Year Anniversary Superhero award. This year awarded to two individuals, Gill Casey and Peter Twentyman, who were recognised by their peers for outstanding contribution to the experience of working at Pure AV.
It has been an exciting couple of days for the company following a year of significant growth as Peter Sutton reflects, “The last time we brought the full company together in this way was to celebrate Pure AV’s 10th Anniversary. In the last five years the organisation has grown and changed significantly, but it is fantastic to see so many of the faces who were with us at the last anniversary still with us today, and many of whom have been with us from the very beginning”.
“We are also extremely grateful for the support of our customers and suppliers, an event like this would not be possible without their active participation, we are thrilled to have such a large number of them involved”.
Pure AV is known for using technology to create engaging, productive spaces for their customers and was recently named Reseller/Integrator of the Year at the 2018 AV Awards. An in-house design, installation and programming team enables the delivery of experiences that are innovative, reliable and responsive to client’s needs.
When the company was founded in 2003, there were four individuals; now, on the eve of the organisation’s 15th anniversary, there is a team of 50, including some of the most skilled design, programming and engineering staff in the industry.
Over the years Pure AV has provided audiovisual services to a wide range of innovative organisations and is privileged to act as a trusted partner to businesses and institutions across multiple sectors and geographies.