TPi May/June 2022 - #269

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IN PROFILE

now able to provide professional-grade camera packages and PPU systems to the live events sector,” Grant explained. Siyan also lent its services to campaigning for sector-specific UK government support amid the lockdown, helping create material for the #WeMakeEvents Campaign, which highlighted the plight of the sector with its stirring ‘Unfamiliar Faces’ video, which attracted over 200,000 views across social media platforms.

Circus 1903, design by Paul ‘Smiffy’ Smith; The Script 2011, design by Bryan Leitch and Jamie Thompson; The Killers 2009 tour, design by Steven Douglas; BBC Radio 2 Proms in Hyde Park 2013, design by Steve Finch and James Scott; DanTDM Presents The Contest, design by Cassius Creative; Reading Festival; Coldplay 2005, design by Bryan Leitch and Nick Whitehouse.

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THE ROAD TO FULL STRENGTH Like most businesses in 2022, addressing workforce shortages – in addition to financial stability and accruing two year’s worth of losses amid the lockdown – is at the top of the Siyan’s agenda. “There’s a lot of pressure to hire good people and we have been lucky to recruit five production technicians on a full-time basis over the past few months,” Grant acknowledged. “It won’t be long until we’ve doubled the size of our 2019 team!” Newly-recruited Production Technician and TPi Breakthrough Talent winner, Owen McIlreavy, said his favourite aspect of working at Siyan is the culture of camaraderie. “People always have time for each other, both professionally and personally and I think when one is in such a working environment as that, it’s easier and more enjoyable to put on the growing number of great productions that Siyan is known for.”

The latest addition to Siyan’s accounts department, Tamie Masters added: “I’ve received such a warm welcome and support from the entire Siyan ‘family’ – from the directors right through to the warehouse team.” As well as investing in personnel and products, Siyan’s medium term plans include a move to a significantly larger new premises, as part of the company’s next phase of expansion, enabling it to service its ongoing and future workload more easily. With a busy summer season ahead, which will see Siyan’s new look workforce traverse their way through a series of concert tours, projects and muddy festival fields, Grant was optimistic about the future. “We’ve recently landed all three stages at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Music Festival, which was a big coup, in addition to our annual pilgrimage to Leeds and Reading Festivals,” he stated. Key to Siyan’s success, it seems, is its ability to focus on maintaining a steady rate of growth. Not only from a financial perspective, but elevating its portfolio of work which is, according to Grant, ‘self-perpetuating’. “Most of the people who work with us are either long-standing clients who are themselves growing, or are accrued based on the recommendation of others,” Grant concluded. “We are also well aware that the groundwork which we have put in over the past few years has put us in good stead for the next 21 years.” www.siyan.co.uk


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