Pinnacle Crew helping service leavers to the top
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PINNACLE HELPING SERVICE LEAVERS TO THE TOP
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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PINNACLE ADVISES “START NOW” FOR 2012
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PINNACLE ADVISES “START EARLY” FOR 2012

Exhibiting once again at the Event Production Show, leading nationwide crewing company Pinnacle Crew (stand no: 342) are using the event to highlight the need for client companies to develop relationships with suppliers and provide briefs at the earliest possible opportunity in 2012.

Heath Freeman, Pinnacle’s managing director, predicts that with the usual packed calendar of events plus The Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 and Farnborough Air Show, demand for event “savvy” crew will increase by 60 to 70 per cent.

He explains:

“Under normal circumstances, most companies have quiet periods during a year, but we believe that this year there will be very few lulls because the packed calendar will mean that some regular events will be moved to quieter periods to be accommodated.”

Pinnacle already has a staff of 250 on its books, but has been actively gearing up to fulfil the extra demand in 2012.  As well as recruiting the correct candidates and providing them with the correct training them – including the various health and safety accreditations required by the Olympics – this means giving them the all-important experience that they will need to perform a good job.

As Heath Freeman says:

“The eyes of the world will be on Britain this year and scrutinising what we do.  It’s therefore more important than ever to have the correct crew working on an event – and that means client companies should be doing research now to ensure that they will be working with a reputable crewing company.  Crew are one of the most important resources in the events industry, and the appointment of a crewing supplier cannot be left to chance.”

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Freeman also believes that the additional demand for manpower this year will offer outstanding opportunities for people wanting to enter the events industry.  His advice is that starting at grass roots level mean that new entrants get the most rounded on-the-job training available.  In particular, beginning a career with a crewing company provides experience in hundreds if not thousands of events and approaches.

“Working for a crewing company like Pinnacle can often be regarded as an apprenticeship in the events industry,” says Freeman.  “Entrants will get a taste of a huge number of events and disciplines, and meet many of the top professionals which can created future opportunities.”

He does add a word of warning, however:

“My advice to anyone thinking of joining a crewing company is to join a quality and reputable operation as this will provide the best chances of working on high profile jobs with professional people, and most importantly the best and most rigorous training.”

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New logistics manager for Pinnacle
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NEW LOGISTICS MANAGER FOR PINNACLE

 

Nationwide crewing company, Pinnacle Crew, has appointed Rui Fernandes de Oliveira, as its logistics manager.  In this post, Rui has responsibility for all front office activities for Pinnacle including client liaison, tendering, quoting and booking jobs, scheduling all projects, and organising crew teams.

Rui was previously an on-site crew chief for Pinnacle, having joined the company from Showstars in April of this year.

Commenting on Rui’s appointment, Pinnacle’s managing director, Heath Freeman says:

“With a background in business in Portugal and South Africa, and experience of the live events industry, Rui’s excellent organisational skills will make an important contribution to Pinnacle’s client services activities.”

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PINNACLE – READY FOR 2012
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PINNACLE – READY FOR 2012

Among major exhibitors at the Event Production Show is Pinnacle Crew (stand no. 342), the national crewing company with offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds.

Now a recognised Safety Passport training company, all Pinnacle crew receive Safety Passport training as well as the company’s in-house manual handling and industry awareness training.  By 2012 all crew should also have CSCS accreditation.  This is part of Pinnacle’s policy of taking its health and safety responsibilities seriously and making itself the most versatile crewing company ready for the Olympics.

Recent projects completed by Pinnacle include the 2010 cricket season assisting Mediatec Group on behalf of the England and Wales Cricket Board, working with Blonstein and Associates on London Fashion Week Exhibition and Newgen Exhibition, and several recent projects with Fisher Productions at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Two new senior management appointments were also recently announced by Pinnacle.

Adam Sheppard, who has been with the company for four years, was promoted to the role of operations manager.  He was previously crew co-ordinator responsible for all front office activities including crew booking, tendering, quotations and client liaison.

Taking Sheppard’s role as crew co-ordinator is Stuart Thomson who joined the company from Affinity Crew where he was crew chief.  With seven years’ experience in the industry, Thomson has worked on major events and contracts such as 02.

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PINNACLE MAN MAKES IT TO THE TOP FOR CHARITY CLIMB
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PINNACLE MAN MAKES IT TO THE TOP FOR CHARITY CLIMB

 Heath Freeman, managing director of leading crewing firm Pinnacle Crew, more than lived up to his company’s name in August, by taking part in a charity fundraising triathlon that included climbing the 1,085-metres to the peak of Mount Snowdon.

As part of a two-man team, Freeman raised £1,400 money for Pinnacle’s adopted charity – Naomi House Children’s Hospice – by first swimming the 12-miles length of Lake Windermere in five-and-a-half hours on Friday, August 13.  Then, after a short stop for lunch, it was on the road to cycle 50 miles to North Preston, where the team spent the night.

By 7.30 a.m. the following day, they had begun cycling again, this time completing 100 miles to Wales.

Sunday, August 14 saw a further cycle ride of 30 miles to Mt Snowdon, where the final element was the climb to the pinnacle of the mountain and down again, finishing at 3.30 p.m.

Freeman, who was part of a relay team that swam the Channel in the fastest time in 2009, said of his latest successful challenge:

“It was a very gruelling but satisfying undertaking, and to have raised so much money for a very worthwhile cause made it even more gratifying.”

Sponsorship of Heath is still welcome, or donations may be made to Naomi House Children’s Hospice by going to www.justgiving.com/pinnacle-3-peak-cyclechallenge

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NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT PINNACLE
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NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT PINNACLE

 

Leading crewing company, Pinnacle Crew, has announced two new senior management appointments.

Adam Sheppard

Adam Sheppard

Adam Sheppard, who has been with the company for four years, is promoted to the role of operations manager.  He was previously crew co-ordinator responsible for all front office activities including crew booking, tendering, quotations and client liaison.

Stuart Thomson

Stuart Thomson

Taking Sheppard’s role as crew co-ordinator is Stuart Thomson who joins the company from Affinity Crew where he was crew chief.  With seven years’ experience in the industry, Thomson has worked on major events and contracts such as 02.

Commenting on these new appointments, Pinnacle’s managing director Heath Freeman says:

“Both Adam and Stuart have a wealth of experience in the crewing and live events industries, and I know that they will make a major contribution both to the growth of our company and to the quality service we offer clients.”

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PINNACLE MAN AT PEAK OF FITNESS FOR CHARITY CLIMB
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PINNACLE MAN AT PEAK OF FITNESS FOR CHARITY CLIMB

Heath Freeman, managing director of leading crewing firm Pinnacle Crew, is more than living up to his company’s name this summer.  He is taking part in a charity fundraising triathlon that includes climbing to the 1,085-metre high peak of Mount Snowdon.

As part of a two-man team, Freeman aims to raise money in August for Pinnacle’s adopted charity – Naomi House Children’s Hospice – by first swimming the 12-miles length of Lake Windermere, then cycling 180 miles from the Lake District to Mt Snowdon.  The final element will be the climb to the pinnacle of the mountain.

Freeman, who was part of a relay team that swam the Channel in the fastest time in 2009, is now training for his new challenge.  As he says:

“The training is constant, tireless and ongoing.  It includes a rigorous schedule of swimming in the Thames every morning, and cycling every evening.  I will soon be putting on the walking boots to start hiking as part of getting fit for the Mount Snowdon climb.”

Sponsorship of Heath or donations to Naomi House Children’s Hospice may be made by going to www.justgiving.com/pinnacle-3-peak-cyclechallenge

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PINNACLE’S FREEMAN TAKES THE PLUNGE
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Pinnacle Crew’s managing director, Heath Freeman took a big plunge on September 27 with a Channel Swimming Association accredited swim.

As part of a four-man relay team called The Marlow River Buoys, he swam the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez near Calais.  The team raised £3000 for two charities – CLIC Sargent (Helping Children with Cancer) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

The exact date of the swim was not known until the actual day as it depended on currents and weather conditions.

Freeman, who did the last leg of the swim and took the team to its goal of landing on the French coast at Cap Gris Nez, explains:

“We were incredibly lucky as the weather on September 27 was fantastic.

“The distance of the swim is 22-miles as the crow flies, but due to the currents and winds on the day we actually swam 29 miles, completing the crossing in 9 hours and 29 minutes.”

This unofficial time makes the swim the fastest in the last three years.  Once confirmed, and if no other team completes a faster swim in 2009, the team will be presented with an award by the Channel Swimming Association for the Fastest Channel Swim of 2009.

Picture (below) shows Heath Freeman (second right) with his team mates from The Marlow River Buoys.

Press enquiries; please contact:                                                          October 2009

Jonquil Simons, The Simons Partnership

Tel: 07860 466959   email: jonquilsimons@aol.com

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Pinnacle on time for Country Living Fair
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With up to 60 personnel working at any one time, Pinnacle Crew recently provided an essential service for the fourth consecutive year towards the smooth running of the five-day Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Central to Pinnacle’s role in the Fair, was its handling of the challenging de-rig. The company had three-and-a-half hours to pull out all 400 exhibitors. This was achieved by having 60 crew on site, divided into teams with four team leaders – an overall co-ordinator in the loading bay and three leaders on each floor. With the team leaders in radio contact, they were able to work together with the show’s production manager and meet new requirements as they arose, moving crew around the venue on demand.

Explains Pinnacle’s managing director Heath Freeman:

“We had to have well-organised crew that remained calm and met the requirements of both the organisers and exhibitors. Key to this was our ability constantly to evaluate the de-rig operation, and be aware that if areas were falling behind schedule, manpower had to be reassigned to those areas. As always, however, we got all of the exhibitors out of the venue in time.”

Paying tribute to Pinnacle, Fiona Abbotts of the Fair’s organising team says:

“Pinnacle Crew always provides us with excellent service on these Fairs. They remain calm and collected throughout the job, and work well both with us as the organisers and with our exhibitors. To see what is involved in the de-rig one would not think it was possible to achieve what Pinnacle does in such a short space of time.”

In addition to the de-rig, Pinnacle worked on the Fair for five days before the opening with crew on hand to assist the organisers and exhibitors to set up the show. This included installing a 25-foot high Christmas tree on the mezzanine level. As Heath Freeman says:

“This is always particularly difficult as we need to take care not to damage either the tree or the venue. Numerous other Christmas trees also have to be brought in and set up. Overall, our work on this show is very varied and our crew need to be on hand, willing and able to get involved in anything that needs to be done.”

This includes laying carpet, setting up the exhibitors’ storage area and helping exhibitors get all their products into the venue and on to their stands.

Pinnacle has been involved with the Country Living Magazine Fairs for the past four years, and has provided crew for four Christmas and four Spring Fairs.

Adds Heath Freeman:

“We really enjoy working with Upper Street Events. The company understands the on-site operation carried out by our crew and the pressures they are under at these Fairs.”

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Press enquiries; please contact:
Jonquil Simons, The Simons Partnership
Tel: 01643 708843 email: jonquilsimons@aol.com

Notes to editors

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle Crew (formerly Pinnicle Solutions) was founded in 2001 by Heath Freeman and Mark Mower following several years experience in the live events industry. They saw a gap in the market for crew who could multi-task and bridge the gap between those crews who purely carry equipment, and technicians. This means that Pinnacle crew are more technically aware than many other crews in the industry. The company also puts a great emphasis on health and safety, ensuring that all their crew are fully trained and familiar with typical scenarios and equipment.

About the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
Taking place annually at Business Design Centre in Islington over four days in November, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair attracts more than 400 exhibitors from all over the UK showcasing their unique products and providing visitors with the opportunity to do all their Christmas shopping under one roof.

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Pinnacle demonstrates its difference at event show
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Following the launch of its new corporate identity and re-branding, Pinnacle Crew (formerly Pinnicle Solutions) will be at the Event Show (stand no: 527) to reinforce its position as a dynamic, major and well-established company in the crewing industry.

Visitors to Pinnacle Crew’s stand will be able to see how the re-branding reflects the company’s ability to change with the times, and to discuss how their specific requirements can be met.

As managing director, Heath Freeman explains:

“At Pinnacle we pride ourselves on being flexible.  We are always looking for ways in which we can best fulfil our clients’ needs, and make changes that are beneficial to both parties.”

In this regard, Pinnacle claims it is the only crewing company that has carried out a customer perception survey.  This showed that responding to changing needs and providing experienced crews were important factors to people when making the decision on which crewing company to appoint.

Adds Freeman:

“As well as our on-going training programme that ensures our crews provide a high calibre performance on site, we are also constantly looking at the company as a whole and at ways in which we can improve every facet of our operation.  In this way we believe we can make a real difference to the industry.”

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Press enquiries; please contact:
Jonquil Simons, The Simons Partnership
Tel: 01643 708843   email: jonquilsimons@aol.com

Note to editors
Pinnacle Crew (formerly Pinnicle Solutions) was founded in 2001 by Heath Freeman and Mark Mower following several years experience in the live events industry. They saw a gap in the market for crew who could multi-task and bridge the gap between those crews who purely carry equipment, and technicians. This means that Pinnacle crew are more technically aware than many other crews in the industry. The company also puts a great emphasis on health and safety, ensuring that all their crew are fully trained and familiar with typical scenarios and equipment.   

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