Burns Night

Burns Night Supper 2024

Burns Night Supper is an institution of Scottish life; a night to celebrate the national Bard, Sir Robert Burns. First Network were at the fabulous Merchant Taylor’s Hall on Thursday 25 January delivering this annual event for a global law firm client.

As befitting a company with Scottish roots, Burns Night has become one of the main events of our client’s annual calendar. The event, which has now been running in the city for well over 20 years, is an opportunity to bring together more than 250 colleagues and clients for a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Steeped in history and boasting a stunning oak-panelled ball room, Merchant Taylors Hall lent appropriate opulence and gravitas to the occasion.

The itinerary followed time-honoured tradition, and featured home-grown talent from among our client’s own employees. Senior partner, David Leckie piped in the haggis which was then addressed by the company’s managing partner for Scotland, Vikki Melville.

Following the traditional Selkirk Grace, guests enjoyed a hearty meal of ‘Haggis, Neeps and Tatties’. Musical entertainment included singing from Alison Tyler and a medley of Scottish tunes on accordion and clarsach, from musicians Frank and Jemma Hughes.

The event has become a regular feature of First Network’s annual calendar and we are very proud to have been delivering events services here for close to a decade. It is an iconic occasion in a truly magnificent setting, and is always such a pleasure.

We very much look forward to doing it all again in 2025!


Financial Forum at Historic Old Billingsgate Market

Last week was a busy one for First Network with several large events happening concurrently. The largest of these was a financial forum for over 1000 delegates, held at the historic Old Billingsgate Market. In the heart of the City on the North bank of the River Thames, Old Billingsgate encompasses three versatile spaces and a beautiful terrace with unrivaled views of Tower Bridge, City Hall, The Shard and London Bridge.

This Victorian Grade II listed building has been transformed from a world famous fish market into one of London’s premier event spaces. It now hosts some of London’s most prestigious events, from international product launches to exquisite award ceremonies.

This week was no exception. One of our global investment company clients held a town hall style financial forum for over 1000 employees in the venue’s Grand Hall.

First Network managed full AV production which included six 20k projectors projecting directly onto a custom-built stage set, sound system and a 4 camera system for relay and web cast to the client’s global offices. The event closed with cocktails and cupcakes to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary.

The event was a huge success and we were delighted with the result.


Madrid Investment Conference

We had a great start to our Madrid Investment Conference yesterday. First Network's teams of Project Managers and Technicians worked around the clock to get the stage, audio systems and lighting up and running.

The conference took place at Madrid's Historic Gallery of Modern Art - Museo Reina Sofia in the heart of the vibrant Spanish capital. Comprising a series of seminars and talks, with networking opportunities between sessions, the Investment Conference is one of the year's headline events for our client. The main event takes place in the venue's Auditorium 400, which seats up to 425 delegates in a theatre-style setting.

Our team worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that every element of the event ran precisely to plan.

Well done to all involved.


And They're Off!

Today marks the start of one of the busiest weeks in our annual calendar here at First Network. Teams of crew and project managers, as well as tonnes of equipment,  have spent the weekend travelling across Europe as we set up for conferences in Madrid, Berlin and Zurich.

The photos below show crew in our warehouse loading up equipment for the long drive ahead and initial stage set up at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

More news to follow as the conferences unfold.

All the best to everyone involved.


First Network Conference Leads the Way

First Network were at London’s historic venue 'The Brewery' yesterday,  delivering a Leadership Conference for a Global Investment Bank.

With its cavernous open spaces, The Brewery provides the ideal venue to host such a large delegation. Over 950 people were seated in the main room and all content was broadcast to relay rooms within the venue for the benefit of overflow guests.

Our team built a customised stage set which housed front projected twin screens. Plasma relay screens were placed at the back of the room in order to ensure that every delegate got the full impact of the addresses.

We are enormously proud of the positive feedback we received on the day and look forward to working together again in the near future.


Lighting up the Tower

We were on special assignment this week lighting up The Tower of London with images of wounded soldiers.

The idea was to raise awareness of the plight of wounded war veterans, as part of Haigh Housing Trust’s ‘Coming Home’ Campaign which provides severely wounded soldiers with specially adapted housing.

The images, taken by photographer Rankin, were projected at 30 metres high on the huge moat wall and flanked by high brightness gobos.

Scott Yarrington, 30, was photographed on his prosthetic legs and was displayed alongside James Davies, 40, who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Afghanistan.

Carol Vorderman, switched on the display in her role as Group Captain and Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets and said ‘I felt so privileged to have been asked. It was a very beautiful and moving exhibition’

The week-long event culminated in a fundraising evening, For Queen and Country, to mark the charity’s centenary.

We really enjoyed being a part of this fantastic event. Do pop down and take a look if you’re in the area. Projections run until tomorrow.