PLASA, the Professional Light and Sound Association, hosts two annual PLASA Focus events - the PLASA Focus Leeds and PLASA Focus Glasgow. Joe Manby Limited has worked on PLASA Focus Leeds since its launch 8 years ago and has provided event services for PLASA Focus Glasgow since its inaugural show in 2014.

The PLASA Focus events showcase the latest technologies and techniques within the entertainment technology sector, provide visitors with the chance to network with the industry's leading manufacturers, dealers, rental houses and production companies, as well as take part in seminars, product demonstrations and product training.

PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 was held at SECC on 20 – 21 January 2016 and PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 at the Royal Armouries on 10 - 11 May 2016.


Although the two events were in different venues both shows were very similar and many of the services supplied were the same.

The overall brief was to continue to provide the high quality service and support that we have delivered over the years. More specifically the brief included making the most of the space in each venue, keeping the look, feel and atmosphere of the shows to a high quality, consistent with branding and providing an individual service to exhibitors in order for them to showcase their products in an interesting, practical and eye catching way.

We provided full event services, including stand design and installation, electrics, furniture hire, carpeting and graphics.


We helped to create shows that made full use of the space available in each venue. In both Glasgow and Leeds, extra conference rooms were used for seminar sessions and in Leeds a temporary Pavilion was erected on Armouries Square to connect the New Dock Hall with the Royal Armouries Hall for the first time.

It was important that the two shows had a good flow for the visitors particularly for the larger event in Leeds which had around 140 exhibitors. In order to enable guests to navigate clearly we provided external signage to the front of the New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall and Pavilion, internal ‘You are Here’ seminar and directional signs and colourful gangway carpets in purple and turquoise.

For each exhibitor we provided graphics and additional electrics to showcase their new lighting ranges.

The two shows saw a total of 198 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors.


Chris Toulmin, director of events at PLASA Ltd. said: “Charles and his team deliver a full package of services with attention to detail and commitment to seeing every element through to completion.  The team at Joe Manby Limited continue to work with us on expanding our offering to exhibitors and ensuring our exhibitors have a smooth build up experience.”

Lou Kiwanuka, EventShaper Ltd who manages the operational aspects of PLASA Events said: “The team at Joe Manby Limited consistently deliver an outstanding service. The planning is thorough pre-show and this is always evident onsite. Charles and his team are a delight to work with.”