Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our production services. Of course, if your question isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Us

Academy Productions is based in Bourne End in Buckinghamshire; we're a team supplying sound, lighting, A/V, staging, DJ services, furniture hire and accessories to diverse venues primarily across Bucks and Berks. Our founder, Jeremy Yates is responsible for all the technical aspects of the business, as well as design and installations. Maggie Yates, joined in 2015 as the business grew and is responsible for client and venue relationships, marketing and social media.

We work primarily in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. On occasion, we may travel to Oxfordshire and further afield.

Yes! We have an office in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire where we can meet by appointment only. We are also happy to travel to your event venue, as it can sometimes be beneficial to clients to discuss ideas in situ.

We are a local, dedicated team with a wealth of experience, focused on delivering inspiring and transformative creations. We pride ourselves on our close working relationship with all our clients, from intimate parties on private family estates to large corporate events. We take the time to meet and listen carefully to their needs and ideas. We have been creating personalised sound and lighting packages, including DJ services, A/V, staging, furniture hire and accessories for weddings, parties and corporate events since 2012. We can design, deliver, install for any venue, with barns being our speciality, so our clients can fully relax and enjoy their special event.

Pricing & Packages

Yes, minimum orders typically vary from £400 - £600, dependent on the venue.

Yes. We have venue specific packages lists for our key sites, with suggested packages and designs. Let us know your event date and venue and if we're available, we'll be happy to send you a venue brochure. We occasionally offer dry hire to selected companies - minimum order values are not limited.

We always quote inclusive of mileage, install and pack down. Just let us know your event date and venue.

Yes, if your event is more than 8 weeks away a 20% deposit is payable to secure your date. 2 weeks before the event, an invoice is sent for the balance. If the event is less than 8 weeks away, we send a single invoice for the full amount.

Yes. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount for events which are fund raising for registered charities.

We can sometimes offer a discount for multi-event hires of the same package, just ask when booking.

How We Work

Ideally a year in advance, especially for the peak spring/summer season, as we get booked up quickly. But it is always worthwhile checking availability with us. We work all year round and take bookings up to 2 years in advance.

Yes. Let us know your date, venue and budget. We'll send over suggestions, pricing and designs for you to consider. We can also meet by appointment at our offices in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. We are also happy to travel to your event venue, as it can sometimes be beneficial to clients to discuss ideas in situ.

No. We don't offer dry hire to individuals. All our equipment is installed and removed by us. We do offer business to business dry hire.

No. We can work at any venue within reason, with the venues agreement.

We can advise if the look you want, or something very similar, can be achieved at your chosen venue. Just send us the image and we'll work with you to bring your vision to life. Don't forgot to have a look at Our Gallery, Pinterest boards (link/button) and Instagram feed (link/button) for inspiration. .

Yes – of course we do! We carry £5,000,000 (million) Public Liability Insurance and £10,000,000 (million) Employers Liability Insurance. All of our in-house technicians are qualified to PAT test electrical items, and PAT test certificates can be supplied on request. They are an essential part of our business. We will happily supply insurance and PAT documents to anyone who books with us. We also carry out Risk Assessments when required.

Lighting Details

Prices are typically from £475 upwards, however they can vary greatly as every canopy is custom-designed. Access to and from venue also has cost implications. Send us your venue, date and requirements for a quote.

Our uplighters are LED so the choice of colours is limitless. Some of the most popular and effective colours are blue, teal, turquoise, light blue, yellow, gold, orange, red, pink and purple. We can also colour match to your chosen colour(s).

Yes, we have a range of lighting specifically for use outdoors including flood lights, uplighters, fairy lights and festoon lights.

All of our indoor fairy light and festoon light canopies are installed on dimmers, as are most of our lantern canopies.

Only Academy Productions staff are insured to use our ladders and scaffold towers. If we're booked to install equipment, then we're very happy to quote in advance for hanging client supplied items while we're there, just send us an email with the details.