SXS Events

  • FAQ


As you can imagine, we get asked a fair few questions regarding our work and events in general. So, to help answer some questions that you may have on your mind, we have compiled the most common ones here...

What parts of the UK do you cover?

We are a national provider and work with clients throughout the UK and Europe.

The main towns we work in are:

Aberdeen, Armagh, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, City of London, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Inverness, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Londonderry, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Newry, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Ripon, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, St Davids, Stirling, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester and York.

Preferred Venues

Some of our preferred venues we love to put on events and produce shoes from include

Silver Fleet

Woods River Cruises is a family run business proud to have been operating on the River Thames for the past 60 years.


Paintworks Event Space is a large, versatile, blank canvas space with an exciting programme of public and private events running throughout the year, that's available for hire.

Ashton Gate Stadium

Ashton Gate Stadium is the premier Bristol conference venue, as it features a wide range of meeting rooms which are suitable for both corporate and private hire.

Milton Hill House

Milton Hill House is a charming Georgian mansion house, beautifully set in 22 tranquil acres of peaceful parkland.

Leigh Court

Leigh Court is a Grade II listed mansion house built in 1814 from Bath stone. Externally, it follows the graceful Palladian architectural style, while inside the bold Greek Revival style is complemented by striking 19th century decor.

Brunels Old Station

Brunel's Old Station is the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, dinner dances, parties, fashion shows, Christmas, festivals and Bristol weddings. This Bristol conference venue offers an outstanding Grade I listed Victorian building and is one of the largest events venues in the South West.

Do you work Internationally?

SXS are perfectly positioned to provide UK-wide and internatinional production support for when you are running projects or tours in the UK.

Our UK-based warehouse and fully-skilled production team are able to support your needs in the UK and overseas in many areas including:

  • Rigging Design
  • Audio system
  • Lighting systems
  • Graphics and artwork printing
  • Storage and logistics
  • Crewing
  • Sourcing of custom items
  • 3d visuals and CAD work
  • Adherence to local laws and customers

We have recently worked with:

  • French Olympic team on the "Club France" Olympic House, for London 2012 Olympics
  • Italian Olympic team on the "Casa Italia" Olympic House, for London 2012 Olympics
  • "Le Crazy Horse" cabaret show when in London
  • Messe Design for rigging support at NEC, Birmingham
  • U2 tour backstage production
Do you do small events?

Yes, while this website may showcase the larger events we do, over half of the events we work on are for less than 300 guests. We treat all clients with the same care and all events with the same attention to detail.

Do you own all the equipment you use?

Yes, we have one of the UK's most diverse stocks of kit. This includes staging, sound, furniture, lighting, video, rigging, decor, drapes and catering equipment. This is all wholly owned and stored in our large 5500 square foot warehouse, which we also own. We rarely hire in kit from other companies.

How long have you been established?

SXS was established in 1998 by founder Johnny Palmer, and has since developed and grown to what it is now. Made up of a group of three companies, and still headed by it's founder, who plays a key role in quality control and direction of the company.

What types of events do you do?

All types. We do everything from product launches to weddings, to fashion shows, to awards shows, to festivals to ethnic celebrations, to circus performances. Our belief is that the skills and resources used on all events are transferable and that the wider range of events we do, the better experience we have.

International Event Production Support

We support clients all around the globe with their events. 

Inbound Clients

When a global brand or institution has an event in the UK or Europe they need local specialist event support.  We support these clients with a full range of infrastructure, production and local expertise.  This can range from acting as local AV supplier, right up to providing introductions or agency services for other contractors, venues or authorities.  As a UK-headquartered business we understand all relevant safety laws and legal matters pertaining to event management.  This expertise and experience is invaluable to our international clients.

Our inbound clients are based in countries including United States of American, France, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.  

Why use a UK company?

We believe that the UK is a world leader in event production and management.  We are a leader for many reasons that help to drive value for clients:

    • We have a strong focuss on safety whilst remaining open-minded and experimental in our work - getting the balance right has become an artform for us
    • Our safety laws are some of the best in the world so when working abroad we exceed the requirements of local laws and regulations
    • We have a controlled cost base and run our businesses in a supportive and efficient environment
    • The strength of the pound often makes UK companies good value
    • Some of the world's best production equipment is made in the UK which has an impact on our work
    • The UK has a world-class engineering community which filters through to events
    • We have a passionate workforce who both love their work and take their professionalism very serious
    • On the whole the UK events industry is not unionised unlike other major countries
    • Our UK workforce is not constrained by laws which prevent us from working in the manner which is required for events; namely the Working Time Directive, which all staff of SXS have opted out of
    • The UKs heritage around music, events and technology is exceptional which underpins our culture and attitude towards events.

International Activity

In many cases using a UK company for international projects is ideal.

Working inside the European Union is straightforward for us.  While these are sometimes increased transport costs these are often relatively insignificant in comparrison to value added by having a company like SXS on board.

We are experienced at managing productions outside the UK and we have produced Carnet ATAs for a range of projects.

Most of our team are seasoned and passionate travellers so enjoy working abroad and are at ease working within different cultures.


As well as providing production services we also offer consultancy services to international clients.  It is often helpful to gain both the experience and credibility that UK companies offer.

How big are you?

Big enough to deliver and small enough to care and be efficient. We have a full-time staff of ten, five part-timers and various casual and freelance workers. We produce around 300 events a year.

Are you happy to agree to Non-Disclosure?

Yes.  Many clients request that we agree to Non-Disclosure Agreements, especially on events that involve brand PR or television.  We are also happy to agree to NDAs for private events where required. Our team is discreet, polite and respectful of the privacy of both individuals and organisations.

Do you do discounts for charity events?

Yes. In our budget we have allocated a limited amount of funds to enable us to offer discounts for some registered charity events.

SXS Events is committed to helping worthy causes with their events.

We are grateful for the assistance guidance and success we have had over the year.  We are keen to help others where we can.

We offer three levels of assistance to charities:

  • Full Sponsorship - where we provide our services completely for free
  • Partial Sponsoship - where we provide one aspect of the event for free and are paid for the others
  • Charity Discounts - discounts that apply to all our services for all charity events.

If you wish to be considered for one of the following, we will require you to fill in our "Charity Event Sponsorship Application Form"  which can be found here.

Please note that we require all parts of this form to be filled in.

Do you take on work experience or placement students?

Yes. We strive to train and develop the next generation of Event Technicians and Designers. We operate a work-experience program throughout the year. We typically take on two placement students for each academic year. We have employed some work experience and placement participants on a full-time basis after graduation. If this is of interest to you, please email recruitment@sxsevents.co.uk

What are your payment terms?

We require a deposit upon booking and the balance in full prior to the event. Some established clients hold accounts with us.


Select a logo to view our case studies:

  • BupaHuaweiTEDx ConferencesUtility Week Awards
  • Virgin MediaAXABBCSpectacle Wearer of the Year 2016
  • AirbusLexusShellThe X Factor
  • AudiSamsungEurostar Train LaunchFarnborough Air Show Production
  • Claridge'sSwarovskiArmaniSPAR 60th Anniversary