ShowBitz https://www.showbitz.co.uk ShowBitz Sales and Hire Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:20:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-showbitz-icon-1-32x32.png ShowBitz https://www.showbitz.co.uk 32 32 Showbitz Contact Details https://www.showbitz.co.uk/showbitz-contact-details/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:16:29 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=8173 Showbitz has remained open throughout the lickdown, on reduced staff and hours; we are now in a position to expand the services we provide.  Most of our staff are still

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Showbitz has remained open throughout the lickdown, on reduced staff and hours; we are now in a position to expand the services we provide.  Most of our staff are still on furlough but some are returning to work again, due to increased event activity, with appropriate social distancing of course!

Chris is continuing to run the sales department and Dave will be running hire and production.  Darren will not be working yet so all enquiries should be directed to Chris or Dave.  Sales enquiries should be sent to sales@showbitz.co.uk and hire to hire@showbitz.co.uk.

We will endeavour to be open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.  Remaining on call at all other times, the numbers to ring will be on the answerphone message.  It is going to be difficult to maintain the opening hours with few of us so if you need to collect from the warehouse please ring to check we are in before visiting.

We hope that all our customers have stayed safe through this emergency and will continue to do so.  We are really looking forward to a time when the events are happening again and we can work with you all.

The Showbitz Team

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How much power do I need? https://www.showbitz.co.uk/how-much-power-do-i-need/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:05:50 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=7719 How much power do I need? Whatever event you are putting on, a party, a wedding, a market, or even a festival you will likely have some requirement for electricity. 

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How much power do I need?

Whatever event you are putting on, a party, a wedding, a market, or even a festival you will likely have some requirement for electricity.  Working out how much you need is fundamental, ringing up or emailing a power provider and saying “I’m putting on a party and I’ve got a band and some food for the guests, can you supply a generator?” generally leads to a sinking feeling amongst us electricians!

What we need to know is how much power is needed, how many sockets, what type of sockets and where it is needed.  Without this information we have two choices, guessing with the risk of everything turning off or supplying far more than is needed increasing costs.

At home we take it for granted that we can plug an appliance in and there will be enough electricity to run it.  There are several reasons for this – firstly we have an amazing national grid to supply our electricity, dating back to the 1920s and secondly there was some very clever design work just after the Second World War (to reduce copper usage) that created the ‘ring’ circuit and our domestic fused plugs.

The temporary supply, generator or socket on the end of a building, hasn’t got these advantages, their use is restricted.  It is therefore vital to know how much power will be used.

Sorry that the preamble was so long but now we get to the important bit.  A standard domestic 13A (square pin) plug will be able to connect appliances up to about 3000 watts but will very often be used for items that use a lot less.  A kettle normally uses 1800 to 2200 watts whilst a mobile phone charger uses about 2 watts so we don’t worry about chargers unless there are a thousand of them.  To calculate the size of the supply you need to add up all of the large items, heaters, cooking appliances etc always using the power, ‘watts’ rating (many appliances are marked in amps and they will need to be converted to watts – see table 2 below).  Anything that heats things tend to be large whilst fridges, freezers and domestic electronics tend to be quite small, table 1 lists power ratings for some common items.

 

Table 1 – If you cannot find the wattage marked on the appliance use the high end of these numbers.

Kettle

1800 – 2200W

Tea urn

Assume 3000W

Fan oven

3000W

Soup urn

1000 – 2000W

Fridge

25 – 150W

Freezer

100 – 200W

Fridge trailer

Assume 3000W

Laptop, phone charger, card reader

2 – 100W

Television (32”)

150W

Small function band

2000 – 3000W

 

Table 2 – To calculate watts from amps multiply the number of amps by the voltage (230V) or use the table below.

1A

230W

2A

460W

4A

920W

10A

2300W

13A

2990W

Add up all of the wattages to get the total power required, this is the number to give to us, we can then do a calculation to work out how big a generator is required.  List the items since some are more complicated than others for instance the kettle will only be on for a few minutes and the band would generally use the maximum power for a few seconds at a time.

We will also want to know how many sockets are needed and where.  A good idea is to make a sketch of the layout, this helps with working out distances and locations.  If you can tell us what kind of socket is needed at each location, indoor or outdoor, 13 amp domestic or CEE-form/commando/caravan type it makes our specification more accurate and could save you money.

We always do our best to help you work out what is needed but the more information you can give us the better!

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Temporary Electrical Power https://www.showbitz.co.uk/temporary-electrical-power/ Wed, 22 May 2019 09:35:56 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=7316 In pursuit of excellence…. Showbitz are now very proud to be one of the first of a few event companies to be registered with the electrical governing body, NAPIT, for

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In pursuit of excellence….

Showbitz are now very proud to be one of the first of a few event companies to be registered with the electrical governing body, NAPIT, for the design, inspection and testing of temporary electrical power.

The business required a qualified “SPR” (Senior Person Responsible), which is a new qualification overseen by City & Guilds to satisfy the Temporary Power Regulations BS7909 as set out by the IET in accordance with the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations BS7671.

We are pleased to say that we have three SPR staff. This has not happened overnight but over many years of experience, installing power for events to a high standard to ensure compliancy. Prior to this qualification existing, we had always insisted on certification of the installations to show compliancy with the current wiring regulations and therefore meeting requirements of the Electricity at Work act.

To obtain the membership we worked very closely with James Eade who authored the paper for the IET.

Showbitz continue to encourage safe practice of the use of electricity, and we would welcome hearing from anyone wanting advice in ensuring that their event is compliant.

It goes without saying that you will be in safe hands using Showbitz’s services for your power & generator requirements, whether that is for festivals, street food events, craft fairs, location filming, caterering, pub garden events, outdoor theatre, and even large scale indoor events that require electrical distribution.

https://www.napit.org.uk/  

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Data Compliance https://www.showbitz.co.uk/data-compliance/ Fri, 25 May 2018 08:23:24 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=6430 In line with government policy, please click here to read the Showbitz GDPR statement. Many thanks Showbitz Team

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In line with government policy, please click here to read the Showbitz GDPR statement.

Many thanks

Showbitz Team

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Smartbatt+ wireless uplighters now available https://www.showbitz.co.uk/smartbatt-wireless-uplighters-now-available/ Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:38:52 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5918 Showbitz are delighted to now offer our clients the market leading Smartbatt+ Wireless Uplighter. These incredible units can wash an enormous space with a range of colours, adding atmosphere and

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Showbitz are delighted to now offer our clients the market leading Smartbatt+ Wireless Uplighter. These incredible units can wash an enormous space with a range of colours, adding atmosphere and ambiance without trailing power cables.  These units are currently installed in Exeter Catherdral, providing a beautiful backdrop for their multiple Christmas concerts and carol evenings.

From January 2018, all Showbitz hire customers can opt to go wireless and deploy the Smartbatt+ around their venue or premises. With approximately 8 hours of usage on a single charge, They’re ideal for weddings & parties, award ceremonies, and corporate entertaining.

The Smartbatt+ is an ideal complement to a

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Last call for New Year’s Eve party packs! https://www.showbitz.co.uk/last-call-new-years-eve-party-packs/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:23:29 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5927 We’ve a very small number of our popular AV party packs remaining for New Year’s Eve. With a customisable selection of speakers, lighting, and special effects, they’re the ideal kit

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We’ve a very small number of our popular AV party packs remaining for New Year’s Eve. With a customisable selection of speakers, lighting, and special effects, they’re the ideal kit to bring some excitement to your New Year celebrations. No dancefloor is complete without one!

We’re open on Thurs 28th December between 9am and 5pm for all New Years’s Eve hire orders. To enable us to best accommodate your needs, we recommend submitting orders before Fri 22nd Dec.

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Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market draws to a close https://www.showbitz.co.uk/exeter-cathedral-christmas-market-draws-close/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:08:21 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5923 Late 2017 saw Exeter Cathedral ‘bring the Christmas Market home’. With the event being operated completely in-house, the organizers were able to offer the people of Exeter a range of

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Late 2017 saw Exeter Cathedral ‘bring the Christmas Market home’. With the event being operated completely in-house, the organizers were able to offer the people of Exeter a range of stallholders and caterers exclusively from the local area. Open for upwards of 3 weeks, the market was a popular city centre attraction, featuring some of Devon’s best and brightest food businesses, craftspeople, and artisan producers.

Showbitz were pleased to provide an extensive array of power distribution, lighting, and generators. Our standby electricians were also on-hand to keep things running smoothly. With over 1.6 miles of cable installed, it was no mean feat – but the beautifully lit cathedral green copious amounts of festive cheer made the effort more than worthwhile!

 

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Show of Hands at Abbotsbury https://www.showbitz.co.uk/show-hands-abbotsbury/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:43:44 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5817 In their annual appearance at the beautiful Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Show of Hands once again stunned a large audience of folk and roots fans with their eclectic blend of musicianship

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In their annual appearance at the beautiful Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Show of Hands once again stunned a large audience of folk and roots fans with their eclectic blend of musicianship and powerful vocals. Such a beautiful concert setting is rare, and the picturesque Dorset countryside was the perfect setting for crowds to enjoy the band’s greatest hits to the backdrop of a setting sun.

Showbitz were delighted to provide a first-class touring package of technical equipment, for operation by the Show of Hands technical team. All light, sound, and control technology was prepared by our technicians and sent “on-the-road” with the band and their crew.

For tours of of all sizes – from jazz trio to 12-piece brass band, production managers can rely on Showbitz to put together tour-ready equipment packages that can be scaled to all budgets.

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Zero88 FLX added to Showbitz stock. https://www.showbitz.co.uk/zero88-flx-added-showbitz-stock/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:57:50 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5813 The Showbitz team are excited to have invested in brand new Zero88 product lines, including the fantastic FLX console – a high-powered yet affordable solution with all the traits of

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The Showbitz team are excited to have invested in brand new Zero88 product lines, including the fantastic FLX console – a high-powered yet affordable solution with all the traits of an industry standard top-of-the range desk, but at a hire price accessible to amateurs and professionals alike.

The FLX will feel familiar to any experienced lighting designer or operator – and is at home in theatres, touring productions, music venues, and schools. With an extensive range of built-in wizards and intuitive programming methods, you’ll spend less time ‘figuring out’ this desk, and more time creating the looks and scenes that achieve your artistic goals!

As a dealer of Zero88 equipment, Showbitz are happy to offer extensive consultation on this product – helping our customers to decide whether to hire or buy. Get in touch with our production team, and book in a demonstration today!

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Showbitz Ltd launch new website! https://www.showbitz.co.uk/showbitz-ltd-launch-new-website/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:58:26 +0000 https://www.showbitz.co.uk/?p=5755 After a few weeks of frantic product photography and creative brain-storming, we’re delighted to reveal to the world our new fully-featured website and online shop! With a range of equipment,

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After a few weeks of frantic product photography and creative brain-storming, we’re delighted to reveal to the world our new fully-featured website and online shop! With a range of equipment, consumables, and spares for the entertainment industry – the Showbitz online shop will complement our popular eBay outlet. Many of our clients rely on us for last-minute orders – and as such we’re pleased to be offering a same-day collection service from our warehouse. As always, customer’s with more urgent requests should call our production office team to take advantage of our first-class problem solving in real time!

We’re pleased to have incorporated information on our new generator hire, power distribution, and event management services. We firmly believe that Showbitz Ltd is now firmly cemented as a one-stop-shop for your entire event production process, from design to completion.

We welcome feedback on our new web-presence – and if you’ve got a great idea for an entertainment/event’s industry blog post, we’d love to hear it. As well as email and telephone, you can always get in touch with our team using Twitter and Facebook.

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