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Press Red Rentals restarts international work at Deutsche Messe

Press Red Rentals restarts international work at Deutsche Messe

Press Red Rentals restarts international work at Deutsche Messe

Event AV specialist Press Red Rentals has once again been providing audio-visual equipment and technical support for the Starkey booth at the 65th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians, EUHA, at Deutsche Messe Hanover, 15-17 September 2021, the first significant overseas work in 14 months for the Telford based company.

Press Red’s experience of working in Europe, post-pandemic and post-Brexit was fairly straightforward, as Derek Tallent, managing director, Press Red Rentals, explained, saying, “The carnet system has now been extended to all of mainland Europe, and not just Switzerland now that the UK has left the EU. The system proved to be perfectly serviceable, and we were able to apply online with a detailed list of kit details, weight, value, origin and so on, and get our carnets through the post a day or two later.”

Tallent added, “We’ve worked with our client on EUHA for nine years, and have built up an excellent partnership, providing AV services for the show and the exhibitors. This year,  of course, we had to ensure the team was Covid safe, tested and double vaccinated, and we were impressed to find that Deutsche Messe offered economical on-site testing for the return journey. This is the first time we have sent a team to Europe in over a year, so it’s great to be back in the swing of international events again.”

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Sold out for DSEI

Press Red reports being fully booked for DSEI

Press Red Rentals, the exhibition AV specialist, is in the enviable position of being fully booked for the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) at ExCeL London,  14-17 September, 2021, with equipment hires in place for 12 stands in total.

Team Press Red hard at work preparing equipment for September exhibitions

Derek Tallent, MD, Press Red Rentals said, “In 2019 we were looking at precisely zero work at DSEI, so to be completely booked out for this year is superb news. We’re delivering AV for several stands at DSEI, including 88 LED display panels to a single stand, as well as our usual fare of 70+ inch TVs, ipads and laptops to a dozen other stands at the exhibition.”

“Thanks to Covid,” Tallent concluded, “we’ve had ample time to prepare and check the kit, image drives and so on, and we’re really looking forward to working on a major international exhibition again. After such a long time on hiatus, it feels especially good to be teaming up with our old friends, and long-standing customers, Park Display and returning to DSEI with a major stand building and AV deployment. I know Park Display has some extraordinary builds at the exhibition this year, and working alongside the Park Display teams is always an exercise in brisk efficiency and professionalism. Great to be back in the saddle!”

Dan Stubbs, managing director, Park Display, said, “Press Red Rentals gives us rock solid dependability for all our customers’ on-stand AV and IT needs, and has done for many years, so there was no hesitation on our part when specifying our AV requirements for DSEI 2021. Working with Derek and the team is always a pleasure, and our customers always comment on the excellent quality and service provided by Press Red Rentals.”

DSEI here we come!
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So long jockey. And thanks for all the pizza!

Today marks the end of an era at Press Red Rentals. Nearly five years after he joined us as our first apprentice, Travis is leaving us to forge a new career. As a roofer.

It’s been an eventful time. The shy teenager that walked in the door has become a confident young twenty-something, who’s become a key member of our team. The non-driver who eventually got through his driving test and went on to drive all over Europe. After passing his trailer test, many of his journeys involved towing a wobbly box.

Travis quickly honed his technical skills and became a valuable part of our on-site team. Popular with customers and co-workers alike. Always a grafter, he’s gone above and beyond more times than we care to remember.

During the pandemic he’s helped to lead our diversification into garden decking.

The highlight of his time with us is his winning of the ESSA Young Person of the Year Award for 2019. It was the first time anyone at Press Red Rentals had won an award. The whole team were so proud!

We know that all good things must come to an end. It’s always a bugger when it does. But if Travis doesn’t try something new, will he live to regret it? If it doesn’t work out, there’ll always be a place for him here, in the Press Red Family.

So long jockey. And thanks for all the pizza!

You can follow Travis on Twitter and on Twitch – he’s also a Middlesbrough supporter, but we can’t all be perfect!

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Press Red Rentals responds to The Prime Minister’s announcement about July 19th

Having listened carefully to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, we’re pleased to note that Covid restrictions will be fully lifted on the July 19, paving the way for a complete reopening of events.

“Uncertainty has been almost as damaging as Covid itself, so we cautiously welcome the Prime Minister’s promise that this relaxation of measures in ‘irreversible’. The lifting of these laws and regulations sets a clear “go” date for the whole industry and here at Press Red Rentals we’re ready to help kick-start Britain’s economy, creating all the amazing trade shows that have been waiting in the wings, and we look forward to the government’s support in building back visitor confidence and promotion of events for a bumper Autumn season.

We have already seen an increase in enquiries for equipment hire for exhibitions and events from September onwards. In addition, clients are now having more confidence in confirming orders for shows such as DSEI. We are currently working on projects for the exhibitions listed here. To get a quote or to place your next hire booking, please get in touch

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Everything Is Negotiable

“Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.”

We all know that getting back into exhibitions and trade shows post-pandemic isn’t going to be easy. Shows will run and exhibitors have commitments to be at those shows, even if they did sign up for them over eighteen months ago.

What we have seen recently is some projects where we’ve quoted for the AV and other technical equipment have the budget slashed by the client. It’s always annoying when this happens, especially when we’re working through a third-party, like a stand contractor or marketing agency.

However, there is a solution to the problem which seems to gone out of fashion recently – negotiation. Everything is negotiable, even the already competitive hire pricing from Press Red Rentals Limited….

We’re not going to race to the bottom and cut prices to suit your budget, but we’ve probably got a more cost-effective solution in our hire stocks to your budgetary shortfall.

We are all in this together, and we’ll do our best to help you! Why not get in touch with your brief and your budget and let move forward in partnership.


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Come and Join us at the Event Production Show

On the 26th & 27th May, we’ll be exhibiting at the Event Production Show at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Dedicated to the live events industry across sports, music and culture. EPS 2021 will be the first major conference and physical gathering of events industry professionals in over a year. It will be essential for the live events industry before the live event summer season by providing an important platform for companies to secure new and desperately needed business.

EPS is the longest-running event designed for all event professionals involved in running outdoor events; including festivals, sporting events, corporate and brand experiences, local authority events and stadium/arena tours.

Press Red Rentals will be exhibiting at the Event Production Show, our first time exhibiting at this show. We invite you to come to stand D13E for a friendly chat about your technical requirements for your events and how we can assist as your technical partner.

The Event Production Show gives us the perfect opportunity to find out the needs of the industry as it starts the recovery from lockdown. We can then use this research to fine tune our offering of technical products and support. We won’t be at EPS to do the hard sell; we’ll be there to listen and learn.

Naturally, we’ll be running our stand in a Covid-secure manner, with plenty of sanitiser on hand for visitors, gallons of disinfectant to wipe down between visitors, and face masks where needed. And by the time we get to Farnborough, we’ll have had both of our Covid vaccine jabs (sadly, some of us are that old). Your well being is our priority.

For more information about our attendance at the Event Production Show, why not check out our profile in the show guide here

If you’re not in a position to travel to Farnborough, but would like to discuss your technical requirements in more detail, please get in touch for a chat. Physical or “Virtually”, we’d love to talk to you. We look forward to seeing or talking with you soon!

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Press Red Rentals will be exhibiting at A-Livex

Press Red Rentals will be exhibiting at A-Livex on the 20th May 2021 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The brainchild of Mash Media, the organisers of International Confex, A-Livex will be one of the first major indoor events to run in the UK after the lifting of restrictions for indoor meetings in Step Three of the Governments’ Covid RoadMap out of Lockdown.

Attendance at A-Livex is exclusively for event organisers and admittance will be via a screening process, there will be a conference programme with a keynote speaker and panel discussions, with the content agenda set to include lessons learned, industry structure, and looking ahead to 2021.

Press Red Rentals will be one of just fifty suppliers to the event industry exhibiting at A-Livex. All suppliers will have their own room at the Royal Lancaster to use as either an exhibition space or meeting room and visitors will need to register to make scheduled appointments.

We are currently working on the design of the space we will be using for exhibiting at A-Livex, and will be posting more information here soon.

For more information about A-Livex, please visit the website here

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Press Red Rentals gains coveted ESSA Accredited status

Telford based AV specialist Press Red Rentals has achieved ESSA Accredited status, becoming only the second exhibition AV supplier in the UK to do so.

Derek Tallent, managing director of Press Red Rentals, explained, “Our business is based firmly in the exhibition market, even though we’ve temporarily had to become a courier service to keep the business operating. When the exhibition industry resumes, it is essential that organisers, exhibitors, and contractors can differentiate between potential suppliers, and our ESSA accreditation will let them do just that.”

ESSA Accredited is an annual company-level qualification. Independently audited, it provides demonstrable proof that the member company is operating at the required level to meet stage one requirements of assessing competence under CDM 2015. 

“ESSA Accreditation is important to companies like Press Red Rentals, that are not involved in construction-related activities, and we can apply for a ‘non-construction related’ accreditation. In an ever-increasingly competitive environment, everyone in the exhibitions industry is constantly seeking ways to differentiate between suppliers this accreditation gives us a clear point of differentiation,” added Tallent.

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, added, “I am delighted we have successfully accredited Press Red Rentals, particularly because they’ve achieved it during the most trying times our industry has seen. It exemplifies the value of the scheme to small and medium-sized businesses, providing them with a competitive advantage that organisers, clients and venues recognise.”

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Getting back to business

A challenging week this week. Encouraging news from the Supreme Leader that we might be back in an exhibition hall this side of Christmas, as long as everyone behaves nicely and plays by the rules.

This positive start was then soured by the news that another three Audio-Visual equipment hire firms were either selling up or going bust. This is a direct result of an industry being forced out of business by a government that is deliberately choosing to not support an entire industry.

It gives me no pleasure to see competitors disappear. There will be staff facing an uncertain future, and inevitably skills that will be lost to the events industry forever. This can’t continue.

The demise of others makes me more determined to make sure that we survive so we are back on site when we’re allowed to be. I’ve been working in AV hire for over thirty-five years – we need to survive this so I’ve still got a job. No one wants to employ grumpy old gits anymore!

The encouraging thing is that we are now starting to see an uplift in enquiries for quotes from Q3 onwards both in the UK and Europe. If you haven’t asked me for a hire quote, why not get in touch?

Normally at this time of year we’d be heading down to Nuremberg for Embedded World. Here’s a gratuitous photo of a job from 2019…

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We’re making a few changes

Now that we’re back in lockdown in the UK, we’ve decided to completely refresh our website. Our team will still be working in the warehouse and running deliveries for our Red Courier Services operation, in a safe, Covid-secure manner.

If you’re planning to rent audio-visual, sound, lighting, video and IT equipment for an exhibition or event later in the year, or for use in Covid-secure operations in the retail, education, broadcast, film and commercial production sectors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Press Red Rentals Ltd: Telephone +44 1952 587049 – Email:

We look forward to hearing from you. Please take care and stay safe.