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PINNACLE CREW, one of the UK’s largest and most respected events crewing company in the UK & Europe is looking to bolster its labour force in London & Liverpool for some exciting projects in the Live Events industry.

We are currently hiring candidates with the following attributes: friendly, enthusiastic, physically very fit, with excellent spoken English and a “can do attitude”. If this describes you then you should be working for the UK’s most prestigious crewing company.

What we do:

We assist on-site production management in the events business (major sporting events, festivals, stage and screen…) which means that you could find yourself doing pretty much anything, but the job primarily consists of:

• Loading, unloading trucks
• Rigging/de-rigging sound, lights and AV equipment
• Building and dismantling stages and scenery
• Erecting temporary structures
• Working at some of the country’s most prestigious venues

A lot of the jobs we do are hard-work and involve long anti-social hours (we work 24/7), so you must be able to maintain a good sense of humour throughout, as well as a can-do attitude. If you cannot get out of bed, this is not the job for you! It is hard work, but extremely rewarding.


Starting at £9.00 per hour for full-time crew with the potential to earn £15.00+ per hour depending on experience. Higher rates for plant operators and 7 ½ tonne truck drivers.

If you are interested, then send your CV to recruitment@pinnaclecrew.co.uk or better still complete our on-line recruitment form here.

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Event Crew Jobs in London
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Are you looking for an event crew job in London?

Look no future, why not join the UK’s most respected Event Crew Company and be part of something special.

Pinnacle Crew in currently recruiting Event Crew in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester

Rates of pay: £9 – £15/hr.

If you are interested in working at many of the UK’S PREMIER EVENTS as an event crew member, then please apply.

The work of our event crew is varied. One day you will be unloading a truck outside a hotel, the next erecting a structure at the Chelsea Flower Show, or helping the lighting, sound or set departments set up for a show or possibly being at a F1 event assisting with the big screen installations. We undertake a huge range of work within the corporate events industry, e.g. television, theatre and the festival business. We are currently preparing to enter our busy season so now is a good time to join.

We provide a excellent event crewing support service to many of the countries top production companies in London, Birmingham, Manchester & Liverpool.

These top event production companies require us to provide event crew in London & future a field to:

Event crew for loading and unloading trucks
Production crew to moving equipment in and out of venues for event and exhibition installs and de-rigs.
We also supply reliable technical event support crew in a variety of fields including power, lighting, audio-visual equipment installation, rigging, truss, staging and seating. Many projects rely on continuity of personnel and many of our regular crew will work for the same clients time and time again, forming long lasting relationships.
If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview at our office and you will attend an induction and training session. You will spend the day going through our crew handbook which covers basic working practices, industry awareness, our health and safety policy, the company structure, uniform and appearance code, our sustainability and client interface skills.

We provide Event, Stage and Production Crew to a wide variety of clients including: – television companies, major sporting events e.g. F1 and cricket matches, event production companies, festival organisers and many others.

A successful event crew applicant should have the following attributes:

Fast learners
Pay attention to detail
Are proactive & show initiative
A can do attitude
Common sense
Contactable and available 24/7
Good communication skills
A good working ethic
Loyalty and commitment to Pinnacle Crew
Motivated and proactive
Good personal presentation
Physically fit and mentally strong
Polite & well mannered
Well organized
Willingness to work hard
A valued member of a team
You don’t need to have any particular skills but if you have any of the following it will increase your earnings:

Forklift licences – rough terrain especially useful
Scissor lift licence
Cherry picker licence
Electrical Qualifications
CSCS Card, SPA Card
Drivers licence, own car

We are offering from £9.00 to £15.00 depending on your experience. Further details available on request.

To apply to join our event crew in London then please visit our recruitment page and fill out a crew application or email recruitment@pinnaclecrew.co.uk

Be part of the best event crew in the country!

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Nationwide and European crewing company, Pinnacle Crew (stand no: E29), is once again among leading exhibitors at the Event Production Show.

This year the company is highlighting its ability to service events nationwide as well as across the length and breadth of Europe.

Pinnacle’s philosophy “SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST CREW” has never been more relevant than in this present climate. The company believes that event crew are a underutilised resource, and therefore if effectively used to their full potential, provide their clients with a superior onsite productivity which ultimately can save their clients significant time and money.

In the words of Pinnacle’s Managing Director, Heath Freeman:

Pinnacle crew have been operating for over 12 years, during which time we have built a reputation as a national supplier of intelligent, technically astute, courteous, well managed and well presented event crew who consistently exceed expectations.  We are extremely proud that 90% of our clients refer to us as their long term “event crewing partner”. This, we believe, demonstrates our determination towards building long term relationships based on quality, consistency, communication, trust, honesty and, moreover, a sense of ownership and responsibility in each and every event that we are involved in.

Over the 12 years that we have been operating in the events industry, we have seen many competitors enter the crewing sector. These companies are quick to pledge a service which provides crew who are STRONG, INTELLIGENT, WELL TRAINED, etc etc…. We all know the phrases. However, we believe that this approach, in the current event landscape and specifically where event crew supply is concerned, is the very least that clients look for and expect. These words have been bandied about as a event crew de facto for far too long. We aim to exceed these traditional assurances and raise the level of expectation in the event crewing sector.

Pinnacle has always understood and advocated that event crew are one of the most underutilized resources in the events industry. Our statement that we are “SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST CREW” has never been more relevant, especially in today’s economic climate. At The Event Production Show our aim is to explain how Pinnacle Crew can assist your company in providing all of the usual event crewing services as a given, but more importantly, that our services offer technical and logistical capabilities both nationally and internationally which we feel sets us apart from other companies in the crewing sector.

These are examples of Pinnacle Crew’s diverse facets / attributes:-

  • Carry basic tools
  • SPA, CSCS, PASMA and First Aid certified
  • Competent in loading and unloading trucks
  • Support for technicians with rigging and cabling of lighting, sound, video and  power
  • Build staging and set
  • Certified plant Operators (Counterbalance, All Terrain Forks, Telehandler, Scissor Lift and Cherry Picker)
  • Drivers up to 7.5 tonnes
  • Competent with structures and flooring
  • Technical crew for lighting, sound
  • Carpenters for set and exhibitions and stand building
  • Event Managers

Mission Statement:

Our promise is to provide you with more than “simply crew”. We believe our strength is in being your support.

We are committed to the delivery of an unrivalled service to our clients, and to understand their requirements fully, our aim is to listen, appreciate and deliver these requirements to the best of our abilities.  We endeavour to provide crew who have all the necessary training, experience, ability and desire to meet our client’s expectations.

Recent Projects and Testimonials:

Queen’s Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace

Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall

Nike “We Own The Night” at Victoria Park

Google House London, Paris and Hamburg

BBC Children in Need at Elstree Studios


“On behalf of everyone involved with the Coronation Festival 2013 held at Buckingham Palace  this year and Media 10 I cannot thank you and your crew enough for the exceptional effort put in helping to make this event the huge success it was. Their dedication and work rate was consistently exceptional and the crew met every request with a smile on their face and a professional courteous attitude. Long, hot days didn’t deter them in anyway and I have lost count of the numerous compliments from exhibitors about the crew that I have since received. I and all at Media 10 look forward to working with you all again soon. Matt Lakin on behalf of Media 10”

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Recent Pinnacle Crew Events
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The first half of 2013 has seen Pinnacle Crew involved in some of the country’s most prestigious events. We are both proud of our crew’s achievements on these jobs as well as hugely grateful to our clients for the faith and loyalty they have afforded our company. Each event has presented its own set of unique challenges for both the organisers and our crew. I’m happy to say that they all went off without a hitch and were overwhelming successes.  Furthermore our crew have received countless words of praise for the part they played in all these events.

2013 sees Pinnacle extend its event crew coverage to now include the cities of Liverpool & Manchester, this combined with our existing event crew operations in London, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and Leeds means Pinnacle is ideally located to deal with our clients crewing requirements throughout the country. Road shows are one example of events that Pinnacle has the ability to deal with easily as our extensive network of offices allows us to easily coordinate these events. Three such examples were the L’Oreal Tour, The ECB & ICC Cricket contract and the BT Open Reach Road Show. All of these events stretch the length and breadth of the country over consecutive days and most required a degree of familiarisation. Pinnacle achieved this by creating core teams that remained constant on all the jobs and then utilised our closest national office to supply the reminder of the crew requirements. This is proving both cost effective for our clients as well as achieving their desire of consistency of service and a one stop crewing shop regardless of region.

The BBC Worldwide Showcase was held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. This job comes up for special mention as it was one of the first jobs that our newly opened Liverpool and Manchester branches were involved in. The event was an overwhelming success and our crew received much praise for their dedication and work ethos. This job had some of the largest sets and projection that we have worked with in many years. As far as we are aware not a single panel was scuffed or pixel out of place, so well done to the Liverpool and Manchester crew, you did the company proud!

Pinnacle crew has been fortunate enough to have been involved in Eco Build for the past 5 years. This project involves large numbers of crew spread over an expansive area (now the Excel Centre) and involves assisting an ever increasing number of companies on site all with slightly different skill requirements. Our crew relish their involvement in this job mainly due to the huge diversity of requirements and amazingly friendly and unflappable production staff. Our crew also get to see the whole scope of the event from start to finish as we are the first contracting company to arrive and the last to leave. Well done to The Eco Build crew of 2013, once again the client and all involved were extremely happy with your work.

Pinnacle has recently been providing large numbers of Pinnacle Carpenters for a variety of events including Art 13 at Olympia, Collect at The Saatchi Gallery and Masterpiece at The Royal Chelsea Hospital to mention just a few. This section of our business is expanding rapidly and we believe this development is not by chance but rather due to the fact that Pinnacle has built and trained a very large contingent of highly skilled Carpenters across the country over the past 2 years.

Other recent projects that Pinnacle crew has been privileged enough to be able to provide top quality Event Crew on were: – Chelsea Flower Show, London Moonwalk, Nike We Own The Night Event, The British Lions Farewell Dinner, The London Boat Show, Champions League Final Dinner, BMW PGA Championship 2013, Save The Children, Pompeii Exhibition, Jessie J and the Adobe Summit EMEA 2013 to mention just a few. We are extremely grateful to our loyal clients for the faith they have afforded us and the amazing projects they have included us in but it is also testament to all our crew and office staffs’ unwavering determination to ensure our clients are always 101% satisfied with the job at hand. Well done to the entire Pinnacle Crew Team for achieving a great start to the year and we look forward to the challenges and events that lie ahead in 2013.

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Pinnacle makes Event Production Awards shortlist
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Pinnacle Crew has been shortlisted for the Best Crewing Company Award in the 2013 Event Production Awards.

In its nomination, Pinnacle highlighted the opening of its new office in Stoke on Trent as a major development. This will be central to the company’s continued expansion in the north and will give the company a unique position to provide a more comprehensive level of service for new and existing clients in that region, further cementing Pinnacle’s position as a nationwide crew provider.

Stoke on Trent’s geographic position in relation to Pinnacle’s existing operations was a key element to centralising operations in the North. Being perfectly positioned in relation to the company’s existing Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds operations, it became an obvious choice for a Northern operations hub. With this in mind Pinnacle has now started the process of centralising certain functions to its Stoke hub. These processes include crew recruitment, crew training (both H&S and industry awareness), management site visits, quality control measures and localised client liaison. Local operations managers will continue to execute their roles as normal; however, this added level of management allows them more time to concentrate on their on-site activities and therefore the overall quality of operations.

The company also made it clear to the Award judges that as early as 2011, it uniquely identified that it would need to engage in dialogue with clients as the best way to ensure a continuation of efficient services throughout the predicted busy period of the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, thereby providing them with the crew resources they would require in a period which all concerned agreed would see resources, including experienced labour, stretched to significant levels.

The company’s unique approach was to build closer relationships with their clients, with a culture of early involvement in projects being key to a successful event at this time, as opposed to the traditional methods of booking crew at short notice and in sporadic numbers, which Pinnacle identified had the potential to lead to shortages and inexperienced crew arriving on site.

Pinnacle has continued to develop and promote this new “labour partners” relationship post Olympics as they believe this approach builds a far stronger ethos of team work and a sense of pride experienced by crew on the projects that they are involved in. In addition, this type of relationship enables clients to understand that crew are one of the most important resources in the events industry, and the appointment of a crewing company cannot be left to chance – especially in 2012 when the demand for experienced event crew was increased by 60 to 70 per cent.

To fulfil this extra demand in 2012, Pinnacle actively geared up by recruiting the correct candidates and providing them with the correct training. This included ensuring all crew had the correct Health and Safety accreditations required by the Olympic venues. Subsequently, not only did Pinnacle’s London numbers increase dramatically, so did all its regional operations, leading to more than 450 crew being utilized nationwide. This provided a great opportunity and experience for Pinnacle’s regional crew to work with other branches on a more regular basis. In this way a great degree of knowledge sharing took place in 2012 – more than any previous year.

Pinnacle provided two examples of its work in its Awards submission, both of which have further confirmed the company’s belief that crew are an extremely valuable resource that is often underutilized.

The first to highlight this was Pinnacle’s appointment as Signature Systems Europe Limited’s labour partner for the installation of more than 2-million square feet of temporary floor covering at more than 24 Olympic, Paralympics and training venues, requiring more than 51,000 man hours. Most notable were the Olympic Park and the associated Open and Closing Ceremonies where the protective flooring was installed and extracted 5 times with varying degrees of tight timelines.

The company also worked with Mediatec UK installing large LED screens at televised cricket matches on behalf of the ECB. This contract involved many prestige’s international matches and included the Twenty20 series as well as the Friends Life Twenty20 Finals in Cardiff.

The crew had responsibility for assembling and cabling 30sqm and 63sqm LED screens at venues around the country, including Durham, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Trent Bridge, Chelmsford, Southampton and the Oval in London. Pinnacle achieved this requirement by developing a bespoke training course that they spearheaded and subsequently delivered to all their crew nationwide.

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Pinnacle pushes north
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Nationwide crewing company, Pinnacle Crew (stand no: E39) will once again be among leading exhibitors at the Event Production Show.

The company will be highlighting its ability to service events nationwide – a service that is now further supported by the opening of a new office in Stoke on Trent that adds to its network of operations across the country.

Run by Anne Clewlow, Pinnacle in Stoke on Trent will be central to the company’s expansion in the north.
Ann joins Pinnacle from Clayfield Enterprises, where she was a partner providing and managing crew for the live events industry, training and booking sub-contractors and liaising with clients to provide a full satisfactory service. She was also responsible for researching and booking events and producing activities.

In her new role with Pinnacle, Anne will have a two-fold responsibility. First, she will have responsibility for quality control by taking over the recruitment and training of all crew engaged by Pinnacle in the north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. The training will cover all aspects of health and safety as well as Pinnacle’s unique industry awareness training programme.

Fundamental to her role are regular site evaluations and client liaison to ensure that Pinnacle maintains the highest possible standards nationwide.

Commenting on the opening of the office in Stoke on Trent and Anne’s appointment, Pinnacle managing director, Heath Freeman says:

“We want to ensure consistency of our service regardless of region. Stoke on Trent is a perfect half way point between our Birmingham and Manchester/Leeds operations. This means that this highly mobile experienced team will enable us to supplement both these areas when extra numbers are required.

“We have provided crewing operations nationwide for many years now, and have experienced an increase demand for our services in the north. Anne’s appointment and our base in Stoke on Trent further enables our ability to provide our clients with a quality nationwide crewing service.”

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Pinnacle Crew helping service leavers to the top
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Leading nationwide crewing company, Pinnacle Crew, has teamed up with the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to help provide job opportunities to those leaving the services.
Having gained corporate membership of BFRS, which certifies that it is an approved supporter of the organisation, has satisfied its criteria and is committed to its Code of Conduct, Pinnacle is now able to assist those personnel who have dedicated themselves to the country, by providing them with a flexible and rewarding role.
As Pinnacle’s managing director, Heath Freeman explains:
“This is an excellent avenue for us to increase our crew capacity with highly trained, motivated, hard-working and intelligent staff, while at the same time helping forces leavers find their way back into civilian life.
“As crew members working with Pinnacle during the Olympics and beyond, those joining us through BFRS will not only be able to resolve any immediate financial concerns they may have, but will also be able seek out long-term career prospects within the live events industry.”

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Of all the opinions voiced about 2012, most have been about how the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee will put an extra strain on resources. Here, Heath Freeman, managing director of national crewing company, Pinnacle Crew, explains why he believes the effect of this on other events has been underplayed; and how the Olympics will be more than just a blip.

May to September have for a number of years been extremely busy months for the live events industry in the UK. This year with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee occurring at the same time the industry really is going to be under pressure. But let’s not get too over-focused on these individual one-off events. The industry’s resources would, as ever, be strained without them.
I am sure we have all realised, however, that the Olympics and the Jubilee will not be just a blip in the live events calendar, but will leave a legacy that will continue into 2013 and beyond. The huge exposure being given to Great Britain and the enormous numbers of overseas visitors we are going to attract this year, provides event organisers with a fabulous opportunity, and we have seen events actually being created to take advantage of these factors. Most importantly, these new events will not just be one-offs.
This is an opportunity, the like of which, the events industry has not seen before and requires a careful balancing act.
In addition, our experience is that that very few existing events are being moved to avoid clashing with the Olympics and the Jubilee. Quite the contrary in fact – many of our client companies are still going ahead with their annual or bi-annual events, for example, the Farnborough Air Show.
Moreover, the Olympics, the Jubilee and the Paralympics are not going to affect just June to September. The build-up to them has already started, and the wind down from them will not end until late October.
All of this means that the normal natural lulls in live events activity are going to be missing this year. We and our workforce are not going to have time to sit back, take stock and recharge our batteries.
The industry and its suppliers must therefore ensure that this year’s events, high profile ones notwithstanding, continue to run smoothly and that client needs are met.
So what can we do to make sure that client companies remain happy in 2012 and continue to use our services in 2013 and beyond?
In my view, the most important action we, as a crewing company, can take is to communicate with client companies. We need to forewarn them of the busiest times, support them and encourage them to provide briefs well in advance. We need to be realistic, and give them the opportunity to be realistic too in their expectations of what can be done in what timeframe.
The appointment of a crewing company cannot be left to chance and we know, for example, that demand for event “savvy” crew will increase by 60 to 70 per cent as this year progresses.
The eyes of the world will be on Britain this year and scrutinising what we do. We all have a huge challenge ahead of us, but there is also a huge opportunity. I firmly believe that in 2012, the industry will see 10 years’ growth in one year; and that – provided we maintain good communication with our clients – the number of regular events spawned from 2012 will ensure the profitability of the industry for years to come.

A version of this article also appeared on eventindustrynews.co.uk on March 29, 2012

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New client liaison manager for Pinnacle Crew
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As part of its on-going policy to provide client companies with a comprehensive service, nationwide crewing company Pinnacle Crew has appointed Paul Jones as client liaison manager.
In this role, Jones will be responsible for close liaison and regular contact with both current and prospective clients to meet individual client requirements. He will also be part of the team at Pinnacle that continually re-evaluates performance and service to clients by means of a structured evaluation program.
Jones joins Pinnacle from Almeda Events where for six years he was a director creating, developing, branding and managing corporate hospitality packages.
Born in South Africa, Jones came to the UK in 2002 and established a franchised health club which involved him in marketing and promoting the club to corporate clients.
Commenting on Jones appointment, Pinnacle managing director Heath Freeman says:
“Creating the role of client liaison manager, ensures we continually build upon and improve every aspect of our business, thus providing a superior service for our clients.
“Our aim is to always have our fingers on the pulse, so that our clients can have full confidence in our service.”

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Pinnacle supports cancer trust
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Nationwide crewing company Pinnacle Crew has enabled a young cancer sufferer to enjoy a Caring Cancer Trust Snowkids Holiday.
The company raised sufficient money through crew donations, topped up by management, so that Olivia, 13, can be introduced to skiing and snowboarding in the French Alps following her lengthy treatment for leukaemia.
Caring Cancer Trust’s patrons, Olympic champion Graham Bell, the presenter of BBC’s Ski Sunday, and X Games snowboarding gold medallist Jenny Jones, are taking time off from their winter sports schedule to give instruction and provide inspiration to the 36 children from six hospitals participating in the holiday.
The aim is to give back to the children their lost confidence and joy of life after their near terminal illnesses and debilitating chemotherapy treatment, surgery or both for such cancers as leukaemia, brain tumours and bone cancer.

Writing to Pinnacle to convey Caring Cancer Trust’s thanks, the organisation’s honorary executive chairman said: “Our patrons, trustees and volunteers…express our deep gratitude for your most generous and welcome donation….As we have no paid employees to fundraise for us, we are totally reliant on the generosity of organisations such as Pinnacle Crew for our funds to finance these healing holidays.”

Information about Caring Cancer Trust can be found at: www.caringcancertrust.com

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