Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our production services but if what you want to know isn't listed, the call us on 01628 617730 or email us.
Academy Productions is based in Bourne End in Buckinghamshire; we're a team providing sound and lighting hire and event production, including PA equipment, wedding and event lighting, A/V, staging, DJ services, furniture hire and a wide range of accessories to diverse venues and events primarily across Bucks and Berks.
Our founder, Jeremy Yates is responsible for all the technical aspects of the business, as well as our warehousing, logistics and product design and development.
Maggie Yates, joined in 2015 as the business grew and is responsible for the smooth running of the office and our client and venue relationships.
We work primarily in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire however we also travel to Oxfordshire and further afield when our scheduling allows.
Yes! We have offices in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, where you can pop in during office hours, Monday to Friday. We are also happy to travel to your event venue to meet, as it can be beneficial to discuss ideas in situ.
We are a local, dedicated team with a wealth of experience, focused on delivering inspiring and transformative creations for weddings and events.
We pride ourselves on our close working relationship with all our clients and we take the time to meet and listen carefully to client's needs and ideas.
We have been creating personalised sound and lighting packages, including DJ services, A/V, staging, furniture hire and accessories for weddings, parties and corporate events since 2012 and have now worked on over 1,500 weddings and events. We can design, deliver and install for any venue, with barns being our speciality, so our clients can fully relax and enjoy their special event.
We are an events production and sound and lighting hire company so we can be your one-stop-shop for all your lighting, sound, A/V, staging, DJ equipment/services, furniture hire and accessories.
Ideally 12-18 months in advance, especially for peak dates (weekends during the Spring and Summer months) however you can always call or email us to check availability for your date.
Dependent on the venue and canopy design, minimum orders for lighting canopies generally range from £400-£600.
Mostly yes. We are a local company so we work mainly in the Berks and Bucks area, however we do work further afield if our schedule allows. We would need to ascertain the access times together with the scope of the supply. And finally, we would want to visit the venue with you to understand your vision and check if it is viable.
Yes, we work on both large and small events and we also provide equipment dry hire for smaller events, for instance a party at home or supplying equipment for a DJ or band.
Yes, in fact we really like to meet every couple we DJ for, to get a good feel of their preferences and style.
Yes, delivery costs are dependent on the venue location and the number and size of vehicles required. Delivery costs are detailed on our quotes and invoices.
For Weddings and installed events we only request 20% of the total amount, due 2 weeks after the invoice has been issued. The remainder would be requested 2 weeks before the event date.
Our preferred method of payment is by bank transfer but we can also accept credit cards, cash and cheques.
We want to say yes! We would do all we can to accommodate your preference but would obviously need to check availability first as well as venue access times.
We hold comprehensive Public, Products and Employer's Liability insurances however any loss or damage to equipment whilst in your posession would be your responsibility.
Unfortunately, any deposit paid would be forfeited. Then the following criteria would be applied:
- 1 month before your event date = 50% of the total order value
- 2 weeks before your event date = full invoice amount will be payable
We offer equipment dry hire to the public as well as to business to business clients. We can of course deliver and setup the equipment for you and show you how to operate it.
For the general public our dry dire deposit rates do differ from our installed deposit rates and is dependant upon the value of the equipment being hired. The deposit amount will be detailed on your quote or invoice.
Two forms of identification are also required prior to or at the time of collection; one with a photo ID such as a driving licence, the other being a recent utility bill. Both must detail the same current address which must be in the hirer's name. The hirer must also be the person collecting the equipment so this can be verified at the time of collection.
Yes, we have a range of smaller items available for sale off the shelf including consumables such as smoke, haze and snow fluids, flip chart pads as well as a range of lamps for different types of lighting fixtures. Different types of cabling can also be made to order.
We also have a range of accessories available for sale for Weddings and events including signs, boards, paper hanging lanterns (multiple colours) and pom poms (multiple colours).
Larger items such as mircophones, DJ equipment, PA speakers, mixers and amplifiers are ordered in as required. We do also offer an equipment installation service.
From time to time we do have ex-hire equipment available for sale. Please contact us for our updated Ex-hire sales price list.