Leeds transport company drives into South West

Stagefreight director Ian Uttley

Leeds transport company, Stagefreight, is expanding its business for the first time with a new facility based at Hill Barton Business Park in Exeter.

The new premises enable the company to better serve its growing client list with a focus on the South West, as a key part of its 2020 business plans. Operating out of its Leeds headquarters, Stagefreight assists clients like Opera North and Northern Ballet, as well as music legends like Joan Baez and corporate clients across the UK and Europe with its event transport services.

The new Stagefreight South facility will have a fleet of trucks dedicated to Stagefreight’s clients across the south, southwest, Wales and the South Midlands.

What makes Stagefreight different to other event transport companies is that all of Stagefreight’s drivers are trained extensively in the inner workings of event transport, allowing them to reach their full potential. As part of this, each driver also receives training in eco-friendly driving methods to help them minimise their environmental impact during their work.

Stagefreight has hired music transport professional Ross Hemsworth to fully establish the Exeter facility. Ross has worked in music & event touring since the 1990s alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Chase & Status and Barry Manilow.

He also has his own musical career, which makes him an important addition to the team. Ross is a voting member of the US Songwriters Hall of Fame due to his songwriting work with Suzi Quatro, amongst other projects. His role at Stagefreight will be setting up and running the new Stagefreight South facility, and he will be driving trucks out of Exeter as well.

Stagefreight  director Ian Uttley said: “We are all very excited about this new venture. Our new Exeter premises reflect Stagefreight’s continued success and the trust our existing clients place in our abilities.

“Stagefreight’s business brings us into contact with clients from many different sectors of the entertainment and exhibition industry. With two dedicated premises and someone as experienced as Ross on board, we are able to better serve our clients in the UK and to welcome bold new opportunities. These will enable us to take our event transport business to new heights!”

“Stagefreight and Ian have a very positive reputation within the industry alongside the impressive mixture of long-standing clients in the north, such as Opera North and Northern Ballet”, said Ross Hemsworth. “The company has also gained key contacts in the south such as the English National Ballet and toured with music legends like Joan Baez in Europe over the years.

“Stagefreight’s new southern facility enables me to better support existing clients here, thanks to the great service Stagefreight offers. It also means I can grow the Stagefreight brand here, and provide Stagefreight’s diverse transport services to a bigger audience than ever before.

“This new facility offers me a stimulating mix of responsibilities. I’m sure that I’ll be drawing on all of my prior experience going forward, and I can’t wait for this new chapter in my career to begin.”


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