Saville digital events services project manager, Mike Young, shows head of the Carnet service at Cha
Nick Hill

York-based audio visual specialist executes huge US event contract

York-based Saville Audio Visual has recently took a huge step in completing a contract to provide an innovative, interactive conference recording and playback system for a global pharmaceutical company in the US.

After securing temporary goods export certification, ATA Carnet, through overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, which has a base at York Science Park, Saville Digital Event Services provided specialist recording services, eStream and delegate collaboration package Saville IDEA for a pharmaceutical conference.

As well as supplying the interactive technology for the blue-chip pharmaceutical business through a London-based global event management company, Saville also travelled to Los Angeles to operate the recording and delegate engagement of the event, part of a series of events being held worldwide.

Saville IDEA enables delegates to use their own mobile devices to interact with the presenters and each other while allowing speakers to record audience understanding and collect real-time data which, when analysed, helps organisers determine the efficiency of the conference.

Furthermore, Saville’s eStream system immediately allows the conference to be watched back online whilst being presented live, with slide and video content synced. The entire conference will stay online and can be accessed when needed for research or training.

With 300 staff and 12 offices throughout the UK, Saville Audio Visual achieved £40m turnover in 2014, which indicatos the company’s continued growth derived from continual investment in new technologies.

Jim Young, head of digital events, said: “This was the latest of many events for this client. We are very pleased to be growing this relationship and foresee exceeding £500K value during the life of the contract.

“The key to our success, which led to us going to the U.S. for this event, is our investment in widely available technologies and the ability to build them into a bespoke total event interactive recording and evaluation service.

“Our expertise is such that, to ensure consistency across multiple projects, our clients prefer to pay for us to travel and provide our specialist services while managing any local suppliers, to ensure an outstanding end product is delivered.

“As we take variations on this innovative technology to cover events worldwide, we need ATA Carnets from Chamber International. In this case, using a Carnet enabled us to avoid lodging a £1,421 import bond in the US and the hassle of reclaiming it when the goods were repatriated.”

ATA Carnets are issued under an International Convention signed by more than 80 countries and facilitate duty free import and fast clearance of professional equipment, commercial samples and goods for trade fairs.

Alison Holmes, head of Chamber International’s Carnet service, added: “Exporters present Carnets to Customs for shipments when leaving the UK and on arrival at their destination and save a lot of time and money by using them.”

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