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Integrity of Character and Integrity of Structure with Staging Rentals

Integrity of Character and Integrity of Structure with Staging Rentals

Staging Rentals and Construction have been a fantastic supporter of the Awards for many years as a Project Delivery Partner, and we’re proud to share many of their values as outlined by their Managing Director, Meri Took. Read more about what makes this stalwart of the industry unique.

    What makes Staging Rentals & Construction (SRC) stand out in the industry? What do you pride yourselves on?

In 1990 we started the first ever staging company to seriously invest in staging, risers and drapes. We developed construction capability shortly thereafter and our package offering combining staging, drapes and set construction was well received by the industry and continues to be so. We are proud of some of the incredible results we have delivered for our clients and our problem-solving ability.

However, it is our belief in the power of the live event environment that makes us stand out. We truly believe in what the event producers are doing and trying to achieve for their audiences. We (still) get really excited about working out new ways of doing things and pushing the boundaries of what people have seen before.

    What values does your brand align with and how do you put that into action in the industry?

SRC’s values hold true today as they have always done. We believe in Integrity, which means to us delivering on what we say we will do; having clear and transparent communication with our clients; always striving for excellence; supporting each other through strong teamwork to deliver results we can all be proud of and creativity – pushing the limits for new and exciting outcomes.

    Can you share some of your reasons for supporting the Australian Event Awards and Symposium? What does your brand’s partnership with the Awards mean to you?

We believe it is important that excellence in our industry is recognised. It continually raises the bar and inspires us all to be better at what we do. The AEAs fulfil that need with rigorous systems and a commendable judging process and recognises the industry at large.

    What’s new or upcoming for your company? Can you share any exciting plans with us?

This year we introduced an energised and improved management structure. We’re reinvesting in, and revamping, our rental products – our AllySTAGE decks have all been refurbished and are beautiful and shiny! We have reinvested heavily in our drape range and implementing a lot of innovative thinking across our operations, logistics and construction procedures to ensure we deliver a better product and service to our clients.

    What has been your favourite event in the past year – either to work on or attend?

SRC has been proud to work on many exciting events in the past year, like every year. It’s too hard to pick one – but I can keep it to four. The Milwaukee New Product Symposium in Melbourne was a huge custom-build and project management adventure; we provided 7.5m tall fabric-covered flats for Qualtrics at the ICC in May, a challenge that really pushed our team but we were very proud of the end result; in July we provided custom staging, flats and a tiered seating platform for the Toyota National Dealer Meeting in the Hunter Valley that looked incredible; and just recently we provided the staging for the NRL Grand Final. The list could continue indefinitely!

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given in this industry?

A valued client once told me, “don’t be a victim of your own ambition” and I’ve never forgotten this advice. Clients that want so much without a matching budget are destined to be disappointed. Don’t create expectations for your clients if you can’t deliver.

    What’s your favourite thing about the events industry, and what do you see as its greatest challenge?

My favourite thing is the creativity and that every day is different – it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it. I see the greatest challenges as lead times and budget expectations – people think you can produce everything for nothing tomorrow.

    This is the 10th year of the Australian Event Awards – can you share your favourite Event Awards memory with us?

For me personally, it would be when I had the honour of reading the citations for two very dear friends (and clients) – Peter Rix and Lena Malouf – as they received their Lifetime Achievement awards.

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