One of the first tasks when planning an event is sourcing a venue, the infrastructure for your event. However, when looking for a suitable venue, it is often necessary to think about the logistics of how people are going to get around it, how organisers will get from one end of the venue to the other quickly, or ambulance staff or security in an emergency.
A solution could be event vehicle hire, helping to transport staff, visitors, those all-important VIP guests, equipment, trade goods and collect waste/recycling. There are several things to think about that will determine how many vehicles and which type is required, including:
- What type of event it is
- What will need moving, i.e. people, equipment
- How many people are at the event
- If transporting people, the minimum number of seats required
- Which engine type you prefer
- Where the vehicles will be operated, i.e. inside/outside/muddy terrain
- Is an ambulance vehicle required for health & safety purposes
To ensure that costs are kept within budget, and especially when the budget is tight, it is even more crucial to think about your budget logistically in order to maximise it.
One option might be to hire a vehicle that can be used for a various jobs, therefore getting the most out of your budget. Trailers can also help to carry larger loads and can help save time too.
By planning which vehicles are needed and when can also help. Bradshaw Event Vehicles can assist with the planning process by creating an accurate quotation, with scheduled hires if this is needed and to assist with budget. Often large events require a number of vehicles, but not at the same time and therefore it is pointless paying more money for vehicles that aren’t needed for the duration. 10 vehicles may be required two months prior to the event for build-up, another five two days prior to the event for event organisers and so on, right through to vehicles being delivered after the event for clear up.
Vehicle Break Down
Unfortunately vehicles do sometimes break down and it is important to think about what implications it will cause if in the unfortunate event yours does. The effects will of course be different depending on what the vehicle is to be used for, if it is for event build up, this could be a nightmare and could mean that your event build up takes much longer, if the vehicle on hire is for transporting people, this could cause issues getting staff around the venue or those all-important VIP guests.
We are definitely seeing more new entrants to the vehicle hire market, but they are not offering the service to go with the hire. Anyone can hire a buggy to an event, but it’s the service that really counts.
Make sure that when you hire a vehicle for your important event you know exactly what you are getting.
At Bradshaw our commitment to ensuring completely operational buggies throughout an event means we have a dedicated 24/7 service line and a team of engineers ready to get the buggy repaired within 24hrs of the call. For some events we create an on-site service centre with a team of engineers. We can also supply drivers for the buggies, offering a complete transport package.
Let down by a vehicle supplier
It is always best to book event vehicles as soon as possible, however, we understand that this isn’t always possible and often people are actually let down by their current supplier. If this does happen, there are companies that can help but be careful you don’t get over charged.
At Bradshaw we often get last minute customers that require our help. As we have such a large stock of vehicles for hire, we can usually provide what is needed, even at short notice.
By thinking logistically about your event and vehicle hire, it could save you money and help to ensure your event runs smoothly. Remember, it isn’t just about the vehicle hire being the cheapest, the service you receive too is also important for your event.
If you would like any advice or a quote for vehicle hire for your event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Bradshaw Event Vehicles.
Bradshaw awarded Club Car 2015
Black & Gold Award
3rd March 2015
Following a fantastic sales and aftersales performance in 2014, Bradshaw are proud to be awarded the Club Car 2015 Black & Gold award.
Since 1998 Bradshaw have exclusively used Club Car vehicles for reliability and rock solid engineering. The range includes the Precedent golf car, the Carryall Utility range for all course maintenance jobs, big and small, the Villager range of people movers for larger groups and VIP transport, as well as the new Transporter range, ideal for transporting both people and equipment.
Bradshaw has the largest vehicles stocks in the UK, as well as the largest Club Car spares holding in Europe. Demonstration vehicles are available and we have over 400 vehicles on our rental fleet.
Bespoke design for Bradshaw vehicles
at Lord Mayor's Show
14th November 2014
Thousands of people were in London on Saturday 8th November for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.
It may not have been obvious that Bradshaws were there too, and in fact part of the parade; our vehicles were somewhat of a disguise.
Our tow tractor T700 and trailers were underneath and in control of the huge fish for the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers and our tow tractor T800 was very well disguised as a wizard for Russell Beck Studios. We provided the vehicles and transportation of the completed floats, whilst RDW completed the build.
Our experience of providing vehicles for events allowed us to ensure both the vehicles, and finished floats were exactly where they needed to be at the scheduled times.
Bradshaw showcase rental vehicles
at Showman's Show
5th November 2014
As well as being Britain’s largest manufacturer of industrial electric vehicles, Bradshaw also has over 400 hire vehicles specifically for the events market.
Bradshaw typically supply over 3,000 vehicles a year, to events such as Wimbledon, The British Grand Prix, Glastonbury, Burghley Horse Trials, the Chelsea Flower Show and many more.
This year’s Showman’s Show, held at Newbury Showground on 22nd and 23rd October, was an excellent opportunity for Bradshaw to catch up with existing customers and meet key decision makers within the event industry.
Bradshaw’s Stand on Avenue B, Stand 168, proved popular with a high footfall across the 2 days. Mike Bradshaw, Joint Managing Director at Bradshaw commented: “We enjoyed hosting a busy stand and having the opportunity to meet up with both existing customers and making new contacts, being able to speak to them about transport solutions we can provide for their events. There really are so many different packages we can put together”.
The stand gave visitors to The Showman’s Show a glimpse of what Bradshaw provide, with a range of products displayed on the stand, including a Club Car golf buggy, villager 4 and 6 personnel carriers, capable of taking 4 and 6 passengers respectively, a John Deere Gator, ideal in any weather for a variety of jobs, a turf ambulance conversion, together with a Bradshaw T800 tow tractor, capable of pulling 1100 litre bins, ideal for outdoor events generating a lot waste/recycling.
The success of an event can often hinge on transport, a shortage of security patrols, concession stalls running out of goods, management staff in the wrong place at critical times, all can adversely affect the smooth running and the overall perception of any event.
Bradshaw offer a range of vehicles to suit your needs, whether for transportation of event managers, guests from car parking to event location or load movement. Our flexibility and organisational skills mean that we can usually offer last minute event hire, even on extreme limited notice.
All our buggies arrive fully serviced, spotlessly clean and fully charged/fuelled ready to work on arrival. We are committed to ensuring completely operational buggies throughout your event and have a dedicated 24/7 service line and a team of engineers ready to get the buggy repaired within 24hrs of the call.
Add to this a reliable delivery service and a team of experts means Bradshaw Event Vehicles has the capability to make your event a total success, even at short notice.
Thirsty Work for Bradshaw Event Vehicles
23rd September 2014
For several years now, Bradshaw Event Vehicles has supplied a number of vehicles for the Peterborough Beer Festival, the biggest outdoor real ale festival in the UK, attracting up to 30,000 visitors every year.
This year, Bradshaw delivered event vehicles including 3 Gators and 7 trailers to The Peterborough Embankment for the 37th annual event. The event vehicles are put in place a week prior to the event to assist with the build, and once the beer and cider is delivered, the trailers are loaded with barrels and the Gators tow the trailers across the large site to deliver the barrels to the tents.
The event, which took place from Tuesday 19th until Saturday 23rd August, featured one of the largest selections of real ale anywhere in the country. Last year, more than 420 different cask beers were on sale from over 170 brewers.
People Without Limits Benefit from
Bradshaw Event Vehicles
15th August 2014
Bradshaw Event Vehicles has supplied various vehicles to People Without Limits.
People Without Limits is an organisation dedicated to celebrating the power of God to change lives, churches and communities, organising several events throughout the year.
A Bradshaw Villager 4, 2 Villager 6 and a Turf 6 were used at the Free and Fearless Detling 2014 event, which took place on 9th – 14th August at Kent Showground, Detling.
People Without Limits try to run a car-free site at the event, so that families do not need to worry about their children playing and riding bicycles around the camp site. The event vehicles are used for transporting people or any goods carrying that is needed – books to the bookshop, furniture moves between the different venues, delivering cakes and milk to the coffee shop, assisting delegates who have difficulty walking or who are bringing shopping to the camp site. They also carry the volunteer stewards team to their various security and safety postings around the showground.
Transport provided for Great Ormond Street
Hospital Children's Charity at British Grand Prix
22nd July 2014
For the last few years, Bradshaw Event Vehicles has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The amazing trip for patients and families is organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity as part of its ongoing relationship with F1®.
Bradshaw Event Vehicles donated a pink 4 seater buggy to transport fundraising volunteers, patients and their families around the site throughout the duration of the event.
Mike Bradshaw, Managing Director at Bradshaw Event Vehicles commented: "It was our pleasure to provide event transport at Silverstone again this year for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity; they are such a great charity. We always offer a pink buggy so that it stands out to help raise as much money as possible. The 4 seater buggy is ideal for the varied terrain at Silverstone."
Volunteer bucket collectors raised over £28,000 around the Silverstone circuit, which, together with more than £900,000 raised by the recent F1® Party at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, will go towards a much needed new surgery centre at the hospital.
Bradshaw Event Vehicles is a family owned business, which has been running for over 15 years. With over 300 vehicles specifically for the events market, whether transporting people or supplies, vehicles are available to meet your requirement.
Versatile Vehicle to Match Versatile Events Company
9th July 2014
For the third year running, Bradshaw Electric Vehicles has supplied an electric vehicle to Concerto Group for use at the Tower of London.
The Turf 2E was at the Tower of London from the end of May until the middle of July, transporting deliveries around the site, as well as transporting VIP guests and people with reduced mobility.
The Concerto Group is one of the UK's leading event services companies, employing over 120 full time staff, providing event management, venues, catering and event services.
Le Mans 24 Hour Race - June 2014
26th June 2014
Bradshaw Event Vehicles supplied Nissan NISMO with several vehicles for the Le Mans 24 Hours event in June 2014, the most famous endurance race in the world.
Seven of the Bradshaw Villager 6 vehicles were in service for Nissan NISMO, providing a shuttle service for VIP guests and presenters of NISMO.TV, the online channel of Nissan’s motorsport and performance division. NISMO.TV broadcasted over 25 hours of race coverage.
Guests of Nissan included Sir Chris Hoy and Nissan’s Senior Executives including Andy Palmer, Executive Vice-President.
Paul Crawford, Event Manager for NISMO commented: “We have now hired buggies from Bradshaw Event Vehicles for a number of years for the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and every time our requests are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Due to the nature of the event our requirement constantly changes right up until the deadline, and all of these changes are accommodated with ease. With our planned involvement at Le Mans in future years increasing, we will be looking to utilise their fantastic services again and would recommend them to anyone looking to hire vehicles for an event.”
23rd June 2014
Bradshaw Event Vehicles is supplying a perfect transport match at Wimbledon again this year.
The Villager 6, Turf 6 and Turf 2 electric vehicles are on hire across the duration of the event, moving people and supplies around the historic All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
7 of the Bradshaw Villager 6 vehicles are in service, transporting visitors and personnel to this great British summer event, from nearby car parks, whilst the Turf range will be in action providing careful movement of supplies, including the traditional strawberries and cream on offer at Wimbledon year after year.
Hospitality operator, Becky Peake, Operations Manager for Events International said, “Events International is a major corporate hospitality provider at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, where our Wimbledon hospitality packages are among the best in the world of Tennis. With such a high profile event, it’s imperative that we have absolute confidence in all of our suppliers, their products and services. Bradshaw Event Vehicles have supplied event vehicles for Wimbledon now for over 5 years and are always reliable, offer a great service and their event vehicles are so versatile.”
Mike Bradshaw, Managing Director at Bradshaw Event Vehicles explains “We are delighted to be supplying event vehicles again this year, it’s always a privilege when we hear we have been asked to supply vehicles to this prestigious event, it’s become a tradition and one that we work hard to keep.”
British Touring Car Championship 2014
17th June 2014
Bradshaw Event Vehicles has delivered a 6-seater buggy to Thruxton Motorsport Centre, for use throughout the whole season of The British Touring Car Championship.
The vehicle will be used to transport Jason Plato around various areas at the BTCC race weekends. It will also help the team to provide a VIP shuttle to their guests, transporting VIPs from the helipad to hospitality.
The BTCC is one of the most famous motor racing championships in the world, since its inception in 1958 it has attracted and captivated millions of fans. From the very start it was a huge success but in the nineties, when the decision to make the BTCC exclusively for 2-litre cars, together with enhanced television coverage, it became essential viewing for millions.
Jason Plato has won more races than any other driver in the history of the BTCC, and it is a pleasure to assist with his transport.
CLA Game Fair
Ragley Hall in Warwickshire attracted over 144,000 visitors over three days to the annual CLA Game Fair in 2013. Bradshaw had 85 of the full range of Turf utility, Gator 4WD and people movers on hand to provide all forms of transport. The support team were again on hand to keep all the vehicles operational throughout the event. To support the CLA green initiative 6 electric buggies were supplied and were charged using a solar panel array. Below Dexter Albone adding a sticker to Pipers Crisp buggy before the event.
The 2013 Silverstone Classic, billed as 'the world's biggest classic motor racing festival', hosted a huge three-day extravaganza with a record attendance of 90,000 visitors. Bradshaw had 25 people movers mostly 4 and 6 seater varieties helping race team members and staff move around the large site.
British Grand Prix
Bradshaw had 167 Vehicles of all shapes and sizes on site with a full support team. The Vehicles were delivered to site and distributed to many organisations, Silverstone Circuits, the BRDC, Corporate Events , Race Teams and Bernie Ecclestone. The biggest proportion of the fleet were people movers but a number of catering groups used Turf utility vehicles to move the vast amount of food and refreshments needed.
British Open Golf
July last year saw 140 Vehicles moved from Peterborough to Muirfield for the Open. All the Vehicles were painted in R&A blue to blend in with all the on-site colour scheme. A full support team was on hand throughout the event with the parts department on standby for overnight parts dispatch to ensure no down time for any of the Vehicles.
In the run up to the Open a number of qualifying events take place around the country and 4 ambulance Vehicles and 12 electric Vehicles moved from course to course in the days before the Open.