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Adlib says yes to Scotland with new Glasgow office

The announcement comes as "a direct response to the steady general overall increase in Adlib’s work in Scotland in recent years"

Liverpool technical production, audio, AV and lighting specialist Adlib today announced the opening of a new office in Glasgow city centre.

The company says the announcement comes as “a direct response to the steady general overall increase in Adlib’s work in Scotland in recent years, and also specifically to service and support several important new contracts won by [its] installations and sales division”. A busy 2013–14 for Adlib’s installations division included major contracts to supply new sound systems at a number of major British venues, including for three live spaces at Liverpool University, the Lincoln Engine Shed, the Cambridge Corn Exchange and a host of Academy Music Group venues.

The new office will be headed up by Graham Cochrane (pictured), a well-known tour and production manager (PM) both in Scotland and internationally. Cochrane’s regular work includes production managing at the high-profile T in the Park festival, and he was involved as a PM for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Adlib MD Andy Dockerty’s personal working friendship with Cochrane “stretches back many years”.

“It made complete sense on all fronts to set up a Scottish office, especially with the recent expansion of our work there,” explains Dockerty. “However, the affinity with Scotland is not just a new or passing trend for Adlib: our connections go back at least 20 years, and include working with some of the finest and most popular Scottish bands and musicians, including Del Amitri, GUN and Texas.

“Graham is extremely well respected on the touring and festival scenes in Scotland. His knowledge and experience is invaluable, and we’re very fortunate to have someone of his calibre join our team.” Cochrane can be reached at [email protected].

In addition to providing Adlib with a more comprehensive commercial presence in Scotland and enhancing opportunities for live and performance-based work, the Scottish office will also “facilitate new opportunities” for the core audio and lighting brands with which Adlib partners, including L-Acoustics, Coda and Soundcraft.

Adlib recently won the design and installation tenders to supply audio for two high-profile restaurants in central Glasgow, which will commence in early 2015. This will be followed by the installation of new technical infrastructure and systems at two Scottish churches in the spring.

Adlib director John Hughes, who heads up sales and installations for Adlib, says: “The new Glasgow office will be a great strategic advantage to consolidate and develop business potential in Scotland, and will help us maintain the same efficiency and quick response and service for which Adlib is known.”

The new office will be officially inaugurated in early February.