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NL Productions enters “unique alliance” with Stage Electrics following MBO

The new limited company was formed from the hire business of Edinburgh's Northern Light

Following a management buyout, the hire department of Edinburgh-based Northern Light Stage and Technical Services has struck out on its own as an independent limited company.

Led by former hire manager Phil O’Halloran (now MD), NL Productions will operate in a “unique” commercial alliance with the rental business of Northern Light’s Bristol-based sister company, Stage Electrics. Stage Electrics and Northern Light remain under the ownership of holding company VPT1.

Providing technical expertise, design and equipment, NL Productions will offer sound, AV, lighting, staging, rigging and power distribution to events across Scotland from the existing Northern Light hire premises in Edinburgh. “Our local knowledge and capabilities within our specific market area, coupled with the backing of an alliance relationship with Stage Electrics, provides an ideal combination to drive continued growth and deliver value for customers that will be a benefit to all parties,” says O’Halloran (pictured, second from right, with NL’s Andrew Thomson, Justin Baird and John Pike at PLASA Focus: Glasgow).

A spokesman from Northern Light told PSNEurope that the company will now concentrate on installation, focussing primarily on “designing, supplying and installing audio, lighting and technical infrastructures for theatres, concert halls and schools”.

Dan Aldridge, managing director of Northern Light/Stage Electrics, comments: “This deal moves the NL Productions business into a new ownership arrangement, promoting the continued expansion of the hire business in Scotland while providing NL Productions Ltd with the agility it needs to maximise its effectiveness in the region. The new structure will prove to be a great advantage.”