Montreal, November 26, 2019 – Solotech is pleased to announce a new unified UK organizational structure aligned with Solotech’ s global structure. As of January 1, 2020, SSE Audio, Wigwam, Capital Sound and BCS Audio, all owned by Solotech, will be collectively referred to as the Solotech UK group and operate under the joint leadership of Managing Directors Alex Penn and Spencer Beard.
Alex Penn, SSE Audio’s former Sales Director, and Spencer Beard, formerly Managing Director of Manchester-based Wigwam, will respectively lead the Sales and Systems Integration (Sales and Installations) and the Live Productions (Hire) operations for the Solotech UK group. Both Penn and Beard will thereby become part of Solotech’s global senior management team and will be working under the direction of Philip Giffard, President of the Sales and Systems Integration Division and Mickey Curbishley, President of the Live Productions Division USA & UK.
SSE Audio’s founder, and previously SSE Audio Group Managing Director, John Penn remains within the new Solotech UK group structure as Strategic Advisor, helping to deliver Solotech’s global and local vision.
“To round out this unified approach, we have aligned all our UK brand identities to the Solotech brand image, with more integrated logos that incorporate features of each brand combined with the inclusion of “A Solotech Company” statement, fully establishing Solotech’s footprint in the UK”, notes Martin Tremblay, President and CEO of Solotech. “However, there is still a clear commitment to retain the brands of SSE Audio, Wigwam, Capital Sound and the recently acquired BCS Audio, in their various markets as we believe that our distinctive UK brands should continue to deliver to their respective client bases.”
The Solotech UK group will enable greater support to each of the UK brands, at a global level being fully integrated in the Solotech structure; at the national level by sharing resources and services between the UK brands; and at the local level by continuing to exceed the UK clients’ expectations daily.
“This structural evolution, while aligned with our strategic corporate goals, once again confirms that our clients are at the heart of our focus. I look forward to what’s to come for Solotech worldwide as we continue to evolve,” concludes Tremblay.
New logos of the Solotech UK brands
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 12 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture and education. Solotech employs 1,400 professionals in its offices located in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Saguenay.
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Montreal, September 19, 2019 – SSE Audio Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of BCS Audio Ltd, the highly respected audio rental and flight case manufacturer based in Fareham near Southampton, UK. As part of the move, BCS Audio founder and managing director, Dave Shepherd joins the SSE Audio hire team, while continuing to run the BCS operation.
Dave Shepherd commented: “Joining SSE Audio Group, and at the same time its parent company, Canadian-based Solotech, is an incredibly positive development for us and our existing client base, enabling us to access the resources and expertise of the largest audio services company in the UK, who as part of Solotech are also a global player. We are planning to integrate our rental inventory with SSE, while making the transition as smooth and seamless as possible for our clients.”
SSE Audio Group has grown rapidly in recent years, offering pro audio services including rentals, sales and installations and the group has acquired other leading UK audio companies including Canegreen, Wigwam and Capital Sound. Last year, SSE Audio Group was acquired by Solotech, thereby joining one of the world’s largest audiovisual and entertainment technology companies.
SSE Audio Group MD John Penn commented: “This latest acquisition of BCS Audio continues our policy of strengthening the UK group and what it offers by adding like-minded companies. Over the past 25 years Dave Shepherd has grown the BCS rental business substantially through considerable investment in rental stock of L Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik speaker systems. His diverse range of clients across the touring and events sector are a natural fit with us.“
“In addition, the BCS manufacturing business, which builds flight cases, goes from strength to strength and this is something we plan to develop further. Together, our manufacturing businesses can learn from each other and share resources. This will help us to better manage the last minute deadlines that flight case clients demand.”
About BCS Audio
BCS Audio was founded in the 1990s by sound engineer David Shepherd, providing audio rentals to a growing roster of touring and event clients. The business has expanded over the past 25 years, with flight case manufacturing, primarily for the entertainment industry, added to the BCS portfolio about 12 years ago. The company now employs a full time staff of 23 people based in Fareham Hampshire.
About SSE Audio Group
Founded in 1976, SSE Audio is the largest supplier of professional audio services in the UK,
employing more than 150 people. SSE offers comprehensive audio solutions and services
including equipment hire for tours and concerts, sales and installations for a broad range
of entertainment venues, places of worship and other public spaces.
Driven by its dedication to excellence, investment in state-of-the-art technology and
bolstered by its many innovations and acquisitions, SSE Group has received numerous
awards. It is recognized in Europe as a leading supplier of integrated solutions.
For more information: www.sseaudiogroup.com.
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 12 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and Europe. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture and education. Solotech employs over 1,300 professionals in its offices located in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Ottawa, Toronto, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, Birmingham, London and Manchester.
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