On Event Production

Bring it On!

Bondholder and event production company On Event Production Co. is set to open a new office in London.

The firm, which is based in Castle Donington and employs 23 people, will open the doors of its new office, in Clerkenwell, on 1st July.

The firm’s creative director, Chris Vernon-Smith, will be based full-time in the capital, with the firm hoping to recruit more staff in the office in the months ahead.

Managing Director Guy Eaton said: “We’ve enjoyed a consistent period of business growth over the past three years and as part of our strategic plans, we are now at the point where we need to open a London office to service our growing client base in the capital.

“We’re an extremely collaborative business and a key part of what we do involves working closely with agency partners and clients to bring their big event ideas to life.

“Having a dedicated base in London will enable us to be much more collaborative and give us more capacity to work with clients face-to-face rather than over the phone or by email, to ensure we can make their events and experiences leave a lasting impression on their audiences.”

On was originally founded to provide technical and production management services for events but has since widened its scope into the ‘experiential’ market, where it works alongside businesses to help them deliver memorable event and brand experiences to their customers.

It has worked with a host of globally-renowned brands, including Adidas, Nike, Pepsi, Britvic, Virgin, Twitter, Rolex and Disney Pixar.

On helps YMCA Derbyshire raise the roof at charity event

Bondholder On Event Production Co teamed up with fellow Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire recently to help create a memorable evening of fundraising and entertainment. 

YMCA recently held its 2018 Ceilidh Dinner and Fundraiser at Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club, to raise awareness and vital funds for its ‘Safe Front Door’ campaign. 

On Event Production Co., which is based in Castle Donington, took a table of ten at the event, but also provided full technical support in the form of lighting, sound, video screen and staging on the night free of charge.

All money raised from the event will go towards the YMCA campaign and will make a huge difference to the support and positive activities they can provide to young people in Derbyshire.  

It will enable YMCA Derbyshire to provide not only a safe place to live, but also the positive activities, volunteer and work experience opportunities needed to enable young people to move on to training, education, employment and independent living.

This is the second time in 2018 that On Event Production Co. has supported the charity. 
Earlier this year, the firm took part in the charity’s 2018 Sleep Easy challenge, which saw a team of 10 colleagues sleep under the stars in cardboard boxes and sleeping bags, helping to raise more than £3,000 in the process. 

Guy Eaton, Managing Director at On Event Production Co., said: “We’re a socially-responsible business and were delighted to strengthen our partnership with fellow Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire by supporting this event, not only by taking a table but also by lending our expertise to provide production and event management services on the night.

“YMCA Derbyshire does such vital work with vulnerable young adults in the city and across the county and is a cause that is close to all our hearts here at On.” 

Sarah Crane from the Derbyshire YMCA went on to comment: “On did us proud by setting a great ambience with the lighting and set, we received many comments on  how fantastic the room looked”

On Re-brand

Bondholder On Event Production Co. has appointed three new members of staff into key positions as it looks to make further inroads into the ‘experiential’ events sector.

The firm, which is based in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, delivers creative production services for business events, conferences, brand and product launches, and live music events on behalf of a wide range of British and global brands.

The company grew turnover by 15% in 2017 on the back of receiving a Derby Enterprise Growth Fund grant of £100,000 in 2015, which it invested in new premises on the Trent Lane Industrial Estate.

Since the funding injection, the firm has taken its employee headcount to 23 and has seen its turnover increase from £1.6m to £2.5m.  

Managing Director Guy Eaton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jeff, Max and Anabelle on board.

“These are key appointments which will give us a solid platform on which to build as we look to further cement our position as one of the region’s most creative production companies, and the number one choice for agencies and businesses which want their events to be memorable and leave their audiences feeling excited and inspired. 

“The events arena is changing and companies no longer want to deliver traditional conferences, exhibitions or sit-down dinners. More and more, they are interested in delivering an experience to their audience to inspire them and get them engaged with the brand.

“Our continued expansion over the past 18 months reflects this shift, as we have experienced significant growth, employed more staff and taken on bigger premises, which has led to more and bigger client wins.”

On Event Production Co. has worked with a host of globally-renowned brands including Adidas, Nike, Pepsi, Britvic, Virgin, Apple and Disney Pixar; and has it has invested in a new website to reflect its move towards the experiential events market.

£2.5m Regeneration for Derby Cathedral

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has unveiled plans for £2.5 million five-year regeneration project, which will help establish the venue as an entertainment and heritage centre. 

The Cathedral will be introducing innovations, such as digital technology to allow Derby and Derbyshire characters, such as Bess of Hardwick - who is buried in the 18th century building - to "tell their own stories" to visitors.

Other works will see regeneration of the facilities at the Cathedral, including new flexible seating, restoration of the organ, and renewal of the concrete flooring. 

Rev Dr Sue Jones, acting Dean of Derby, said: "The project will enhance the ability of the cathedral – already the largest seated venue inside the ring road - to host events and concerts on a far larger scale. It will attract new visitors to the city centre and bring the city to life at night.

"We want to enable the cathedral to offer a gathering place for events and services large and small. This will invigorate the city centre and help the cathedral's work to continue for centuries to come."

The message we’ve received from our consultations is clear. Visitors and worshippers want more comfortable seating, they want to explore more of the history of the building, and they want a more varied range of events in the Cathedral. Through Revealing the Derby Story, we will make this happen.
— Rachel Morris - Chapter Steward, Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral has been working in partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby QUAD, On Event Production Co and the University of Derby, to help bring the project to life. 

Adam Buss, Chief Executive of Derby QUAD, said: "The Cathedral's most famous monument is Bess of Hardwick's tomb. We will be able to develop cutting-edge apps and interpretative technology which will allow Bess and others commemorated in the Cathedral to tell their own stories."



We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Derby students to be involved in a step-changing project. There are so many opportunities here for our students, whether they are studying engineering or music, events management or history, and we are very excited about the potential of this project.
— Kathryn Mitchell - Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

On Event's National Success

Bondholder company On Event Production Co. is celebrating after scooping one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.

The live events company scooped the Production Award at the Event Awards, which took place at London’s iconic Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in the presence of more than 900 of the industry’s key leaders. 

To be shortlisted in the production category at the Event Awards was a massive achievement in itself, but to win the award has blown us all away and we’re absolutely ecstatic.
— Guy Eaton, Managing Director

The award follows a busy 12 months for the company during which it has relocated to a new, purpose-built premise in Castle Donington and expanded its operation with a series key promotions and appointments.

Guy Eaton, Managing Director, said: “We were up against some really stiff competition from some very high profile production companies, so to be recognised by our peers is absolutely fantastic and a reflection of the hard work and dedication that is put in by the whole team here at On day-in and day-out.”

Bondholder teams up with Disney

Live events company and Bondholder On Events Production has teamed up with Disney to stage the press conference in London for Finding Dory which was attended by household name, Ellen DeGeneres.

Bondholder On Events Production applied creative treatment to the initial artwork provided by Disney to create a stage wrapped in photo-floor to give the appearance of a sea-bed and a backdrop with 3D elements of the octopus. The team even supplied a range of underwater plants to the rear of the stage which looked like they were growing out of the stage.

Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of main character Dory, attended the press conference with writer and director Andrew Stanton, who gave the UK media its first chance to obtain exclusive information about the film.

Commenting on the event, Guy Eaton, Managing Director of On Event Production, said: "It was a pleasure to work alongside Disney to stage the Finding Dory press conference. We enjoyed the challenge of producing an impactful backdrop and stage set."

He continued: "As we expand as a company, we're being asked to produce more and more high profile events like this, which really give us the chance to showcase our talents."


Bondholders create UK's first social media wedding

Zoe Anastasi, 34, and Will Diggins, 32, are planning on having the UK's first official social media wedding

Co-ordinated by Bondholder and social media expert, Status Social, the UK's first social media wedding will be taking place in a collaboration of local businesses including three other Bondholders.

Gaining national coverage from the Daily Mail and BBC News, Zoe Anastasi's big day will be captured and broadcast by iPhone-carrying photographers every 15 minutes on social media. The ceremony will also be live-streamed over Twitter with social media walls at her reception.

Bondholder On Event Production will provide the wedding's giant social media screen whilst fellow Bondholder Status Social will monitor content. Bondholders Codemakers and WDA Branding create the website and branding respectively.

Zoe commented: "Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. You worry that its over in 24 hours and I think it's great to enjoy the build-up, to get more people involved in it. It makes it more special."

Check out the full coverage on BBC News and Daily Mail as well as the full article and more information on Status Social's website.

On Event's on the Road for Expansion

Bondholder live event specialists On Event Production Co has expanded with the creation of five new posts.

Jake Moore has been appointed Production Manager, and brings a wealth of live event experience to the company. Jake is joined by Production Engineers Jake Roberts, Grant Williams, and Chris Thornton-Smith, and Production Assistant Dafydd Rees.

Adam Dewhurst, one of One Event’s longest-serving employees, has been promoted to Production Director, with a new post of Technical Director being created for Chris Vernon-Smith.

Guy Eaton, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome all the new members of staff to the team at On.”

We have recruited some hugely experienced people, who will help us to reinforce our position as one of the region’s most creative production companies and provide a competitive edge over our rivals.
— Guy Eaton, Managing Director

New director and board level appointment at On

Promoted: Adam Dewhurst and Chris Vernon-Smith

Bondholder On Event Production has continued its strategic expansion with the appointment of a new director and the creation of a new role at board level for another.

Senior Production Manager, Adam Dewhurst, has been promoted to the post of Production Director, taking over the position left vacant by Chris Vernon-Smith, who assumes the newly-created post of Technical Director.

Adam joined the business in 2008 and worked in all areas of the business including Hire Manager and Engineer before making the move into production management in 2010, which coincided with a real turning point for the business.

In his new role, Adam will be responsible for managing a variety of creative live events, along with client liaison and budget management. Chris will now be responsible for improving the efficiency of On's warehouse and internal processes to ensure the company can maintain its exception service levels.

Guy Eaton, Managing Director of On Event Production, said: "Over the past eight years, we've watched Adam grow into a popular, pivotal member of our team and his promotion is part of his natural progression through the company."

He continued: "The decision to create the role of technical director will enable us to forge ahead with our growth plans after a successful 2015, which saw us relocate to new purpose-designed premises whilst completing a number of high-profile jobs for our clients."

On Event Production has received funding from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) which supports growth and job creation in businesses in Derby and surrounding areas.