Category Archives: Field Stories

Drive in movie

On the 7th of March we helped stage Fife’s first drive in movie! Lots of interesting stories to tell from the night but basically a huge success for all involved. The event was organised by Events students at Adam Smiths College with any profits going to CHAS.






2 films were shown, Toy Story for the family and later in the night Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2002). About 150 cars attended over two screenings, or should that be ‘truckings’? Yes the screen was the side of a truck provided by the organisers, unfortunately the promised white truck when picked it up had the hire companies logo on the side… Dooh! Thankfully we happened to have enough white material to cover part of the logo to make a reasonable screen area possible. It looks smaller in the picture due to the wide angle of the lens used… honest.

Sound was an interesting problem, normally such an event would be broadcast via FM radio, to be received by car radios, but the timings meant that there was not sufficient time to apply for a licence so a combination of IR transmission and Ch 70 radio was used. Each car was issued a receiver which was plugged into aux inputs or low power FM transmitters, designed to connect your mp3 player to your car radio.

The weather was a miracle, after gale force winds, snow and hail during the day the wind died and the sky cleared to perfect conditions through out the night!

Film goers showed their appreciation by massed tooting of horns after each performance. A memorable night which we are sure will be repeated.


Inventive solutions to your on site problems… Over the last couple of weeks AVD have been supporting the Aberdour Festival. The Festival mainly takes place in a 40m long Marquee and when it rains the water rushes down the roof … Continue reading

“Thank you”


Feed and water your team  for the best results!

Here at AVD we love to do a good job. Our industry is based on trust and confidence to provide the services needed by our clients. Here is a testimonial received today for an event completed last week.

“Thank you for all you did to contribute to the success of last week’s Conference which is widely considered to be the best ever.  The technical side of things was absolutely first class.  You have a very skilled and professional team.”

Lets concentrate on that last line, “You have a very skilled and professional team.” We like to think we have a good team of full time staff but like every other AV company we rely on freelancers to support our full time staff. This they do very well in addition they also represent AVD while on site and our clients see us a single team. We believe that as such they should be treated with the same respect and equality as our full time staff.  Quite right too I hear you say… in this day and age why should this even be mentioned it should be taken as a given. Bear with me on this I am getting to the point…

So why is it that there is an industry trend to not pay freelancers their full invoice? But instead to string out payment for a couple of months if they want 100% of the value and if they insist on being paid at the end of the month they get 5% deducted. This is in our view not a fair and equitable practice, we do not pay our full time staff 2 months in arrears, we do not reduce their wages if they want to be paid at the end of the month.

Freelance staff are individuals, people with monthly bills to pay and families to support. They are not companies, who have resources and agreed credit terms with suppliers, when they do work they expect to be paid.

So we at AVD operate in a different way, we pay our freelancers as soon as we can, irrespective of being paid for the job as yet, usually this is within 14 days. If the funds are there they get paid even quicker. The event commented to above completed on Friday last week (3rd of May) we have paid all the freelance staff today (7th of May). Thanks guys for doing a grand job. 🙂

Treat your staff well and they will promote you, pay them late at your peril.


Bovis Lend Lease charity event raises over £16k on Silent Auction

The annual Bovis Lend Lease ‘Guvnor’s Club’ charity event went well again this year. AVD’s involvement, now in its 3rd year, is to supply the Silent Auction service ‘txt bay’. This year the silent auction raised over £16,000! An excellent result for the charities supported.

Our silent auction service ‘txt bay’ allows guests to bid on items using their own mobile phones from the comfort of their table. This means there is no expensive keypads to manage or hire so allowing more of money raised to go to the charities rather than on equipment hire. The lot items status is updated on screens around the room to increase bid cycles and revenue.

Bovis’s repeat business is testament to it effectiveness and it has now been used by their London charity dinner. Contact us for more details.



Silent Auction adds to CHAS total

AV Department Ltd provided silent auction services to CHAS’s & The Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball and Auction. The glamorous star-studded evening held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh and raised a fantastic total of £70,000

Tiara Ball

Guests bid on displayied lots using their mobile phones

Just 8 lots in the silent auction contributed a very healthy £4,531.00 to the evening’s total.

AVD advised on the introduction of the silent auction and on how to bid together with AVD’s extensive FAQ on the service this allowed the client to produce clear instructions for the Lot catalogue.

During the dinner, guests (using their own mobile phones) texted their bids to a 5 digit short code text number ‘80010’ the text bid followed the format of the lot number ‘Lot5’ followed by the bid value and, if required, an identifying name. If a name is not provided the last 4 digits of the sending number are displayed ‘…7662’.  The received bids are then displayed via a moderated display.

All submitted bids were confirmed by a reply txt thanking the bidder for their support and giving further contact details.

The key advantages over paper based auctions are:- No need to leave your table to bid, No bits of paper to collect, Fast bidding process, Time stamped bid tracking, Bid confirmations. The advantages over keypad based auctions are:- No proprietary keypads are needed, Always the correct number of handsets available, Greatly reduced costs, Multiple cost and service options available.

CHAS hope to use the technology again in future events.

“Thank you so much for everything on Saturday you were fantastic, the whole team felt you were very professional and did a brilliant job.”

Criona Tate, Corporate and Events Fundraiser


The evening raised £70,000 for CHAS