The company directors, Mark and Johanna, were invited to the Scottish Veterans Awards as both guests and nominees. Upon hearing that the event runners were in need of a PA kit, Mark jumped at the chance to have Lairds AV involved in this event. An event that recognises all that other veteran businesses do for the community around them. And if that wasn’t already a testament to Mark’s dedication to the veteran community, he signed the Lairds tech team on to work the event.
With the significance of the Scottish Veteran Awards, the event had a suit and tie dress code. Our team revelled in this as an opportunity to show off their finest garbs and garments! This same care is given across all events that Lairds work, understanding the etiquette of the event and its attendees.
The Awards were being held at the Village Hotel in Edinburgh, and as a predominantly Ayrshire based company, this required travel and coordination with the client. As a result, our staff even went so far as to stay in the hotel to ensure they could attend the full event. This meant that should there have been any issues with the equipment, our team were going to be on hand all evening.
Our team of technicians discussed which technology to use at the event, based on the requirements from the client. When understanding the requirements of the event, our technicians decided the best technology to use was the Soundcraft Ui24R. This was as a result of the device being hosted from a tablet. This allowed for the team to make adjustments to the audio output from anywhere within the room. As part of this setup, the team selected active speakers as they found them the most suitable for this occasion. The main perk of this type of speaker is that they have a built-in amplifier, as a result, there is less equipment [and subsequent cabling] cluttering the technical area. These decisions were made with client convenience in mind.
The morning of the event, our team arrived at the venue and began setting up the PA equipment. This allowed the event organisers to do a dress run of the awards ceremony. This preparation was essential in ensuring that the awards would run smoothly. During the event, all hands were on deck. The audio-levels were managed by one of our technicians. While the rest of the team worked as stagehands, helping hand out the awards. As the event had multiple speakers, our team had to be able to work on-the-fly. This included operating the mixing desk and adjusting the levels appropriately. The whole event required our team to be proficient in the equipment we provided, a testament to their knowledge and understanding of this type of technology.
“Massive thanks to the team at Lairds who provided Audio Visual support at our Scottish Veterans Awards 2022. The team were very professional from start (Booking) to Finish (Awards Night). We would highly recommend them and will be looking to work with them going forward on future events in Scotland.” – Rhia and Sean Molino
Being recognised as the Veteran Owned Business of the Year is an honour and we are proud to be a part of the veteran community. Mark is a veteran, Lairds is a veteran owned business and by extension our staff are a part of the veteran community. The full Lairds team are appreciative to have been able to contribute to this event in recognition of veterans.