what we do
Our clients hold live events to engage with an audience. We have the team, the skills, the experience, the equipment, and the services to do this effectively. Our culture is a creative and value led approach to technical event production. We are a single source of, and experts in, all disciplines of audio, light, vision, scenic, power and content. We offer a complete support service from conception to delivery of any event. We have invested millions of pounds on state of the art equipment and continually invest in our people.
Everything your event needs
Our core services are everything you'd expect from a company providing all-round technical support for live events. Our extensive kit inventory and team of industry experts means we genuinely have all bases covered. We can scale our services to whatever you need – from a small meeting to a conference for thousands – we’re all over it.
And the best of the rest
We're all about added value. We back up our technical service with CAD layouts and 3D visuals so you know exactly what your event will look like. We design and build your conference set, and print any artwork to reinforce your brand and messages. Our creative team animate custom content and develop your presentations to make them effective and beautiful. This in-house service is fully integrated with the rest of our event delivery. Relax, you're in good hands.
Our new 3.2mm pitch LED screen system in use at a cool corporate conference.
This event for our client Lodestar took place at the Williams F1 conference centre in Oxfordshire.
Our 3.2mm pitch LED screen system provided a visually stunning backdrop for FCA Used Cars’ presenters to deliver their messages against.
The audience of almost 200 viewed content across the 8.5m wide, 3m tall screen. The pixel space was over 2600 pixels wide, allowing for crisp graphics and text, and high resolution backgrounds to be displayed.
The system was controlled with Spyder X20 which allowed us to display beautiful backgrounds with PowerPoint content pipped over the top. This can be a great solution when either full-width content is not desirable, or time or budget constraints don’t allow for bespoke presentation design to fill the whole width of the screen. It also allows ample space for the presenter to move around in front of the screen without blocking the audience’s view of the information on the slides.
This solution was ground supported, so is ideal for venues with limited space for projection or where flying support is not an option.
Our client was extremely happy with the outcome of this event, and our Project Manager Rich Hart commented “They thought it was amazing”!
Into The Fast Lane
We provided full throttle technical support for an American car manufacturer launching a new model at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome.
Speeding into action, Universal Live provided all the vital foundations of a successful event: project management, venue liaison, CAD plans, and power. We also installed a powerful, agile sound system and HD projector for a seamless, resplendent launch that reflected the quality and prestige of the brand.
But how could we hide the cars before the big reveal? We built a cover made from stretchy material attached to enormous circular rings to conceal the vehicles, while giving the audience a hint of the shiny feat of engineering that sat underneath.
We took this car launch into overdrive by providing:
- All the essentials, including project management, venue liaison, and cad plans.
- An impressive main room featuring a full HD DLP Panasonic projector and live back-up, with a 65” HD Plasma to act as a comfort monitor for the presenters.
- We installed a full-range d&b PA system – complete with both handheld and lapel radio microphones. Over.
- A full lighting show including stage wash and effects, complete with LED battens to uplight the set, Robe MMX Spots and LED washes for atmosphere.
All aboard! We helped BP Shipping celebrate their worldwide event – the BP Shipping 100.
This exciting undertaking involved technical support in Singapore, Chicago, Houston and London, with our team travelling to each event to help out every step of the way. The event even won the ‘Energy & Utilities Event of the Year’ prize at the 2015 C&IT Awards.
Our design team worked diligently for weeks in preparation of this mammoth undertaking, producing and printing specially created expo boards along with an enormous 30 meter timeline highlighting the salient points of BP’s 100 year history. We even visited the archive at Warwick University to source interesting artefacts to accompany this continent-spanning event.
The London leg took place at the elegant Grosvenor House, with a dinner for hundreds of long-serving BP Shipping employees. We provided amazing light, sound, large screens, a 3d floating logo and a stage to accommodate a male-voice choir.
We made this award-winning project a roaring success by providing:
- Design and visualisation across all venues.
- Site visits at each location around the world.
- Liaison with local suppliers to source important items and artefacts.
- Organised shipping of priceless BP artefacts to each event.
- After the tour concluded we arranged safe return of all the artefacts to the BP Archive.
- Finished off with a slick London event with full technical support.
Back Of The Net
We’ve worked with Soccerex since its inception over 20 years ago, helping create football themed events all over the world.
When it comes to football events, we have safer hands than David De Gea. For the past three years we’ve helped create the Global Convention at Manchester Central: a 2 day festival complete with 5 a-side pitch, ex-players, coaching sessions for local youngsters and street-skills competitions.
We provided the stage, the set and the set-wrap graphics, plus HD cameras, HD projectors and a d&b sound system. During the event we recorded footage and edited it overnight, providing Socorex with YouTube friendly marketing videos on a super quick turnaround.
We came up with the idea of large format edge-blended projections instead of the traditional static set graphics, creating dynamic, dazzling sessions. This also allowed Soccerex to individually sell sponsorship for each session, as we could now change the backdrop instantly.
What we did for Soccerex:
- Set up the stage, pitches and organised the event logistics.
- Provided loads of innovative audio visual kit.
- Bespoke projected graphics.
- Edited and delivered event footage within a day.
- Double edge-blended projections.
- Scored at least three goals (and got an assist).
Twice As Nice
We provided a full technical solution complete with twin screens for a truly professional conference.
We took the creative lead in the project, producing a slick annual conference on an affordable budget for Business South. The event took place at Norton Park, a QHotel.
Our friendly on-site AV Manager knows the venue like the back of his hand, and has built great relationships with the venue’s events team. Installing twin screen white panels, topped off with a central printed graphic complimented by custom vinyl graphics throughout the venue.
We offered a cracking service for this conference, providing:
- Full technical solution including sound, light, vision, stage and power.
- Branded visuals for the event.
- Computer Aided Design planning of the event and set.
- Custom design and printing for the event graphics.
- Project management and venue liaison.
Tasty Technical Support
We provided full technical and lighting support for a swanky dinner attended by 1200 people.
This was a mouth-watering job that our whole team couldn’t wait to get our teeth into! We provided the full service on this project, helping to organise a lavish dinner complete with guest speakers, light show and after-dinner band, with full technical support and lighting design.
Our mission was the create an resplendent, lively atmosphere that would keep guests entertained while the drinks were flowing and gourmet food was being enjoyed.
Our super talented technical team set up a range of immersive speakers and twin screens to showcase the branded content and live video feed from the stage, as well a captivating light show.
Yum! We made this enormous food-based event extra tasty by providing:
- Twin screens to show content and live video feed from the stage
- PA system for speakers and band
- Visualization and CAD of the stage and whole event space.
- Full venue liaison including setting up a huge 100 rigging points.
- Content management.
- Power distribution to keep everything working perfectly.
We organised a daytime conference with a swanky evening award ceremony and after party at The Roundhouse, London.
A well known UK retailer commissioned our team to help create an impressive awards ceremony and lively after party at the world famous Roundhouse venue. We planned the whole thing using CAD, 3D visualisation and loads of site visits to ensure we utilising this unusual venue to the max.
The award show took place on a circular stage, with 6 projection screens streaming bespoke content and live video feeds, so all attendees could get a perfect view.
After the ceremony ended, as if by magic the stage disappeared, (into the truss circle) revealing a dance floor. Mirror balls descended from the ceiling and the guests were free to catch their breath then let their collective hair down. We also had glitter cannons. Everyone loves glitter cannons.
We made of the most of this historic venue by providing:
- Venue liaison, site visits, CAD, 3D visualization, content management
- All rigging, truss, generic & intelligent lighting & control
- Mics and communications equipment to supplement in-house kit.
- Glitter cannons (who doesn’t love a glitter cannon?)
- All screens, projection (Panasonic HD DLP projectors), vision mix
- Highly skilled technical crew
First Prize Awards Show
We took a major vehicle manufacturer’s awards show into the fast lane.
We set the wheels in motion for this vehicle manufacturer’s awards show by project managing the crew, technicians and providing set design, visualization and computer aided design of the function room.
Our technical team raced into pole position by installing twin projection screens incorporated into a set of LED panels to show impressive animations across the whole space. Our intelligent lighting brought drama, anticipation and class to proceedings, while the savvy set design allowed the night to run seamlessly.
This Oscar-worthy event used these technical services:
- Full project management of all technical elements, crew & logistics
- Set design, visualization & CAD of the room
- Multi-level stage with LED fascia incorporated
- Venue liaison
- Autocue provision
- Animated content for LED panels
- Content management
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Who We Are
We are an outstanding team of over 80 people who care passionately about what we do, right down to the last detail. Based across our branch network, we include project managers, designers, technicians, AV managers, craftsmen, office support and warehousing teams.
We are universal live
We are technical experts who know how to get things done, and just as importantly how to deal with the pressure of a live event.
We work in partnership with you to provide the additional skills and expertise necessary for success. We take pride in delivering on time and within budget. Get to know our great bunch of people by clicking the link below:
How We Do It
We don't just deliver boxes of kit; we work as your trusted partner to deliver your event. We have an extraordinary team, who are easy to work with and lots of fun, but who take their work very seriously and won't rest until the event has been delivered to perfection.
We work on 1000 events a year, and are committed to making every single one a resounding success.
Inspiration and Dedication
HOW you do something is as important as WHAT you do. We are one of the most trusted and recommended technical event companies because of our following principles:
We are not your average corporate events company. Sure, we only hire the most skilled individuals for our team – but we also choose people who who make creating amazing events an absolute joy and are a pleasure to work with.
Our team are committed to quality and bring a professional, proactive attitude to every aspect of our service. We thoroughly prepare and test every element of your event, leaving you free to concentrate on what matters to you, knowing the production is sorted.
If we say we’re going to do something, then you better believe it’s getting done. We’ll be on hand to provide consistent support throughout the planning, set-up and delivery of your project, as well as liaising with all the right people.
It may be an old adage, but we genuinely believe honesty is the best policy. Our diligent work ethic comes from a desire to meet – and surpass – the expectations of our clients and create truly great experiences.
Our team of technical whizzkids, operational experts and creative designers have hundreds of years of collective experience. We pride ourselves in combining the best technology and audio visual equipment to push the boundaries and engage with your audience.
We love finding creative ways to bring your vision to life. Our project managers and designers create engaging content, production design and practical delivery for you to achieve your event goals.
Wherever you need an event, from a broom cupboard to an arena, from a muddy field to a boat, we have taken on any challenge. Whatever you need, wherever in the world you need it - we're just a call away.
Think you have the skills, attitude and know-how to be part of something really special? Check out our vacancies and find out how to join our exciting team.
We have an opening in Manchester for an AV Technician - apply now!