Trans-Sport.tv Limited Case Study
A Retford-based company, which supplies infrastructure to media companies worldwide, is broadcasting a major uplift one year into a package of support from Sheffield City Region Growth Hub.
Trans-Sport.TV provides tailored solutions for broadcasters - and boasts an impressive client base including Sky Sports, World Snooker, Matchroom Sport, PokerStars, ITV, Discovery, and Eurosport, as well as being a contractor of choice to the BBC Special Events Team covering all Royal and Parliamentary events.
The Trans-Sport.TV team design, manufacture and install broadcast events equipment for projects such as weekly Premier League Darts Events and the World Championship Snooker Event held annually in Sheffield.
A family business set up by husband and wife team Shaun and Helen Cope 25 years ago, the firm has gone from strength to strength in recent years having earned an industry-leading reputation among major UK and international broadcasters.
In 2017, Trans-Sport.TV turned to Sheffield City Region Growth Hub to take its business growth ambitions to the next level.
With advice and guidance from Business Growth Specialist Marcus Pearson, Shaun and Helen were able to access a £3,250 grant to invest in developing the skills and expertise of the Trans-Sport.TV management team. The grant scheme is part of a programme of support available to growth companies via the ‘Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project’, and is financed by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The company was able to use the funding to tap into the services of business coach David Williams to review and improve its internal management structures. David has also supported Shaun and Helen around developing strategic direction and future proofing, as their children William and Rosie enter the senior management team.
New management structures have been put in place to ensure improved lines of accountability and control within the business which has improved both productivity and profitability.
For Helen it has been just what the company needed, to understand how its internal management systems could contribute to improving business performance.
Helen explains: “We’ve always known we have great staff who enable us to deliver a great product and service. We have a loyal and committed customer base which thankfully continues to grow. The Growth Hub has been useful in giving us the opportunity to take a step back and take an objective look at where we want to take the business. At the heart of that is ensuring our people are well equipped to help deliver those ambitions - to ours and their benefit.”
Helen adds: “We’re passionate about our people who are critical to the success of the business. We don’t just pay lip service to that but are committed to investing in our talent across the board to ensure they have satisfying and rewarding careers and benefit from our growth ambitions.”
“The coaching has now meant we have better lines of management accountability which ensures clearer reporting lines with the teams working on site. And we’re now extending that to cover our office structure which supports the teams in the field.
“It’s been a good year for us since we began making these changes and hopefully these improvements will now give us the capacity to grow even further.”
Further assistance from the Growth Hub has since been secured with the award of a £4,500 Skills Bank grant to fund management development training.
05 June 2018
Trans-Sport.tv were proud to be commissioned to construct presentation and camera platforms for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on Saturday 19th May 2018.
It is reported almost 18 million Britons tuned into watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchange vows with reports of more than two billion people watching the event around the globe. A staggering 3.4 million tweets were sent during the ceremony worldwide.
Managing Director, Shaun Cope said, “It was an honour to be involved in what was the biggest UK TV event of the year”.
The BBC Bandstand, transported and built on the moat outside Windsor Castle by Trans-Sport.tv Ltd, commissioned by BBC Events.
01 June 2018
Film & TV Services, for RTL Television
A presentation and camera platform built overlooking the Long Walk, designed and constructed by Trans-Sport.tv Ltd, for Film & TV Services’ client RTL Television.
19 May 2018
World Snooker, IMG, Discovery Sport & NEP Visions, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
History was made in the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield last night as Mark Williams, 43 won his 3rd World Championship Title to become the oldest champion since fellow Welshman Ray Reardon, who was 45 when he won in 1978.
Sheffield and Snooker have seen some changes over the years and we are very proud to be part of that journey. We captured this moment on the rig exactly 30 years between the frames.
The BBC transmitted a staggering 150 hours of live snooker with Trans-Sport.tv taking the role of principal contractor supplying infrastructure elements, Set, Commentary positions, Studio, Lighting Grid, Camera Towers and Special Effects.
08 May 2018
We are proud to announce Trans-Sport.tv has joined Mates in Mind, a registered charity which provides a framework to raise awareness, address the stigma surrounding mental health and improves positive mental wellbeing in the UK Construction Industries.
The organisation is led by and for the industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council as well as other leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samarians and Mental Health First Aid England.
We recognise that the stigma often associated with poor mental health can often be perceived as difficult as the experience itself. Even though many of us will experience stress, depression or anxiety at some point in our lives, we may often be afraid to talk about it or to seek help and support.
We want to demonstrate our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our workforce. Mates in Mind help us take an important step towards breaking the silence and stigma that can surround mental wellbeing in society, and in particular, in the construction industry. We are joining numerous other construction companies in supporting Mates in Mind, helping to improve the mental health and well-being of our people.
As a Supporter of Mates in Mind, we also gain access to support and communication materials as well as a range of awareness and training programmes – helping us to take a joined-up approach to improving mental health & wellbeing.
Commenting on Mates in Mind, William Cope, Rigger Manager
Joining Mates in Mind is a logical step forward for ourselves, we are incredibly passionate about supporting our crew wherever, whenever or however possible. By joining Mates in Mind we are being provided with support, training and more importantly a structure to enable us to tackle these complex and unfortunately very common issues. The statistics make glum reading, right now 1 in 6 workers in the UK is experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. This statistic coupled with the shocking fact that suicide is now the leading cause of death in men between the ages of 15 and 49 really made me realise that the time to brush these issues under the carpet or refuse to accept the statistics is over – Trans-Sport.TV is 100% committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to raise awareness surrounding mental health, break the silence and stigma surrounding these issues and to learn how, when and where to get support. We believe that everyone deserves the help and support they need and this is a huge step in achieving that. I am personally very excited to be working with Mates in Mind but also incredibly proud that as an organisation we are brave enough to start this conversation, highlight these issues and really start promoting mental wellbeing within our industry.
You can access qualified counsellors and advisors through the Construction Industry Helpline, available 24/7 on 0345 605 1956, as well as access to a range of other support services which can be found on www.matesinmind.org
01 February 2018
Trans-Sport.tv are pleased to announce we have launched our ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme this month.
‘Cycle to Work’ is a Government initiative that offers employees who wish to cycle to work the opportunity to get a new bike, tax-free. It’s designed to encourage people to get active, try alternative travel and reduce pollution. By making it easier and more appealing for our employees to live healthier lives.
We are working with ‘Cyclescheme’, the UK’s number one provider of the Government’s Green Transport Plan Initiative, which is partnered with over 2,000 bike shops.
This is a great offer, as you can see our MD, Shaun is already making the most of his new bicycle.
28 July 2018
Trans-Sport.tv Limited are proud to announce they have achieved Bronze Standard in Investors In People for another year running. Keeping up the standard since 2005.
31 July 2017
PDC & Sky Sports, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
The World Matchplay Darts returns to Blackpool for its annual event, broadcast live on Sky Sports from the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Trans-Sport.tv have been providing event infrastructure for this event for over 17 years. 2017 sees clients PDC and Sky Sports provided with lighting trusses, studio, commentary booths, set support, camera rostrums, cable management and lighting bars.
30 July 2017
ITV & Poxon Sports, SSE Arena, Wembley
Chris Eubank Jnr successfully defended his IBO World Super-Middleweight title with a unanimous point win over determined German veteran Arthur Abraham at Wembley Arena. Trans-Sport.tv provided the fight night aired on ITV Box Office with a trussing structure over the ring, walk on truss structure complete with rising scissor platform, hot head camera truss, presentation platforms and a 6m high camera tower.
15 July 2017
Organised by our very own office team Treswell Village Hall was transformed for one night in order to raise funds for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Featuring two local bands Trans-Sport.tv provided event support sourcing trailer stage, chiller unit and light plant. The event was lit using stocked multiple par cans and LED battens by our towable generator. The event was a huge success bringing in a crowd of over 300 people raising a total of £3,500.00. Thanks to JS Highfield & Sons; Sherwood Marquees & VIC Hire Lincoln.
15 July 2017
Tuxford Academy, Nottinghamshire
Trans-Sport.tv have been involved in Tuxford Academy Creative Arts Department since 2005. The annual production this year was A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Trans-Sport.tv provided a stage platform complete with two integral staircases.
15 July 2017
Mayweather Promotions, SSE Arena, Wembley
Working within a tight deadline to finalise details for the carnival atmosphere press tour which concluded in London Trans-Sport.tv provided Mayweather Promotions with structural services to stage their much-hyped event. The crowd most certainly got a night they won’t forget.
14 July 2017
Our original light up letters were designed here at Trans-Sport.tv and manufactured on our in-house router by our Workshop Team. Built in a solid construction type manufacture these letters can withstand transportation and although shown here in ‘white light’ can be supplied with coloured or retro vintage glow bulbs as required. The bulbs are also dimmable. Although shown here at a wedding they can compliment any party situation. Speak to us about creating your bespoke lettering or numbers for your next event.
11 July 2017
Matchroom Sport & Sky Sports, Cudmore Fishery, Stoke On Trent
The infamous Fish’O’Mania Tournament brought to you by Matchroom Sport now in it’s 24th year returned to Cudmore Fisheries in Stoke. Trans-Sport.tv transformed these vibrant fishing lakes into the location for a day of fantastic fishing broadcast live on SKY Sports.
08 July 2017
Arena Riga, Latvia
The Kaspersky Riga Masters in Latvia took place for the fourth time in 2017 with increased total prize money of £227,000. Trans-Sport.tv supported IMG, Sportradar & World Snooker on this project providing transportation, lighting trusses, arena set, audience monitors and more.
25 June 2017
BBC Studios, London
The BBC commissioned the use of the ‘bubble studio’ for the state opening of parliament ceremony. Working within central London, only a stones throw away from the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords means professionalism and immaculate attention to detail is required, something Trans-Sport.tv implement in all their work. The studio seen here nearing completion was designed and manufactured by Trans-Sport.tv and is stored for the BBC for all their special events and news. For this occasion the studio was delivered and erected with air conditioning supplied.
21 June 2017
Matchroom Sport, York Hall, London
Trans-Sport.tv provided Matchroom Sport with the set installation, lighting rigs, PA system, commentary booth, monitors, draping and more for the 2017 World Cup of Pool.
18 June 2017
The Drone Racing League, Alexandra Palace, London
“Trans Sport truly brought best in class service, craftsmanship, and production quality to The Drone Racing League’s 2017 World Championship. From the conception of the project, they worked with us through numerous build iterations while adding efficiencies and helping DRL bring its lofty race designs to life. Shaun and his team aided us in developing critical aspects of event delivery and proved themselves an indispensable asset on site – going beyond their contracted scope to ensure the race’s success on numerous occasions. I can’t recommend this team highly enough” James Slider, The Drone Racing League
13 June 2017
BBC News, Abingdon Green, London
Here Trans-Sport.tv provided BBC News with a broadcast platform for the 2017 General Election.
12 June 2017
Sky Sports & PDC, Frankfurt
Broadcast live on TV The World Cup of Darts is a unique tour event. With four players competing on stage at the same time, the tournament has been running since 2010. Trans-Sport.tv provided event infrastructure in the form of lighting and support trusses and grid, camera platforms and commentary box.
04 June 2017
Robin Hood Media, Nottingham
Trans-Sport.tv provided Robin Hood Media with a full-service package for their event including a staging platform, lecterns and draping as required. A quick install and de rig was required for the debate to move onto its next venue.
30 May 2017
CTV, Dominion Theatre, London
Trans-Sport.tv worked with CTV to install draping and camera brackets into the Dominion Theatre, London for the musical An American in Paris.
26 May 2017
Professional Darts Corporation & SKY Sports
The Premier League Darts 2017 tour concluded on the 18th May 2017 at the O2 Arena in London.
Trans-Sport.tv worked alongside the PDC and SKY Sports for 16 weeks supporting both to produce an exciting program not only for the sold out venues but also the millions tuning in on SKY Sports every Thursday night.
Having covered over 5,400 miles along the way the Trans-sport crew utilised over 50 Loadguard motors, over 2000Kg of trussing, over 1.5 miles of cabling and a kilometre of rigging steels. Michael Van Gerwen was the eventual winner beating Peter Wright to yet another Premier League Title.
18 May 2017
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Snookers World Championship being staged at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Trans-Sport.tv managed the transformation of the theatre which brought 17 days of action broadcast to viewers around the world.
01 May 2017
Matchroom Sport & Synergy, Wembley Arena, London
Great to be working with Matchroom Sport and Synergy helping to deliver a week of activities for the Joshua V Klitschko boxing match. Here you can see the finishing touches being added to the set up installed at Wembley Arena for the public workout.
28 April 2017
Society of London Theatres, Royal Albert Hall, London
Trans-Sport.tv provided the star studied 2017 Olivier Awards with camera platforms, compound heras fencing and also multiple truss structures for the wirecam.
09 April 2017
Sky Sports, O2 London
Live on Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky Sports Mix the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics saw a battle between the world’s best in gymnastics to compete in the latest prestigious event. Trans-Sport.tv worked with Sky Sports to provide trussing for lighting, cameras and a cable bridge along with rolling rider platforms.
08 April 2017
Firecracker Films Ltd, Sidcup
Trans-Sport.tv were commissioned by Firecracker to design and manufacture a brand new state of the art clinic for the iconic Dr Christian Jessen aired on ‘W’. Both installation and dismantling were carried out by the multiskilled Trans-Sport.tv team.
23 March 2017
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Trans-Sport.tv worked for multiple clients on the newly formed 2017 Coral Home Nations Series. With the final event taking place at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff having visited Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow for the tournament series. We look forward to working with Discovery Sport, IMG Sports, Sport Radar & World Snooker on the 2018 tour.
19 February 2017
Matchroom Sport & Sky Sports, Alexandra Palace, London
Returning to London’s iconic Alexandra Palace for the fifth year, our clients Matchroom Sport & Sky Sports brought a weekend of speed and power in the 2017 World Championship of Ping Pong. Our services on this event included set restoration and installation, arena set, camera towers, commentary boxes, draping and more. The set and table under structure were designed and manufactured for the first World Championship of Ping Pong in 2013.
29 January 2017
Alexandra Palace, London
Full set ready to go at Alexandra Palace for the 2017 Dafabet Masters Snooker. Trans-Sport.tv Limited worked for clients Discovery Sport, IMG Sports, NEP Visions, Sport Radar & World Snooker to bring viewers all over the world 8 days of live snooker.
22 January 2017
Halfords Media, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Having already successfully built the groundbreaking EPT set for the PokerStars series Trans-Sport.tv in conjunction with set designer Andrew Gates manufactured the re branding of the new look ‘black and gold’ set seen here in Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas.
After completing the manufacture at our base in Treswell all elements of the set were containerised and shipped/air freighted to the Bahamas where our Rigging Crew Team were there to install on site. After 9 days of filming all equipment was dismantled and shipped back to our Treswell base. A quick turnaround for this equipment as it heads off to events in Sochi and Monte Carlo in quick succession.
14 January 2017
Alexandra Palace, London
World Championship of Darts staged at the Alexandra Palace, London. Working in conjunction with SES, SKY Sports and the Professional Darts Corporation. Trans-Sport.tv helped to transform The West Hall into the world’s biggest darts tournament, hosting players from across the globe for 15 days of live fun factor darts.
02 January 2017
CTV, Wembley Arena, London
Live on ITV the X Factor final weekend was staged at Wembley Arena featuring multiple camera platforms, production platform and track crossing supplied by Ttrans-Sport.tv for CTV.
11 December 2016
ITV & Matchroom Sport, Coventry
Promoted by our client Matchroom Sport, snookers new showpiece event, the Champion of Champions was broadcast on ITV4 from Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Trans-Sport.tv were engaged by ITV & Matchroom Sport to carry out the installation of the arena set, lighting truss and grid, studio, commentary box, camera tower and more.
12 November 2016
F&TV Services, The O2 Arena, London
Trans-Sport.tv provided a 40ft circle truss, cable management trusses, draping, video screen and PA trusses to The O2 Arena for the Bellatour 158: London.
16 July 2016
Thiepval Memorial, France
It was a real honour to work on the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial providing multiple camera platforms and a press platform for BBC Northern Ireland along with a studio for BBC Events and a commentary box for The Horsepower Group.
01 July 2016
Phil Mc Intyre Entertainments, ITV Studio London
Trans-Sport.tv were commissioned by Phil Mc Intyre Entertainments to design and manufacture the set, staging and screen support for the brand new light-hearted panel quiz show aired on the BBC.
21 April 2016
Two Four, Rutland
Commissioned by Two Four, Trans-Sport.tv provided the brand-new entertainment series which featured thrills and spills of motor racing with decking platforms and signage. Aired on ITV in 2016 and won by Rapper Professor Green.
29 January 2016
Mentorn Media, United Kingdom
As the political debate hots up Trans-Sport take the Free Speech BBC3 Live debate and discussion show this week to Edinburgh for client Mentorn Media.
18 March 2015
BBC Events, Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park
Trans-Sport is honored to be working on the first UK sports competition for wounded soldiers. Supplying for the BBC a studio, cable fly’s and numerous camera platforms The Invictus Games, kicked off with an opening ceremony Wednesday 10th September 2014, on the South Lawn of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed HRH Prince Harry, who heads the organising committee of the Games for ‘wounded warriors’, onstage via video link.
The event, which was broadcast live on BBC’s The One Show and attended by 6,500 people, began with a fly-past from the Red Arrows and a rendition of the national anthem by the Band of Irish Guards, the Central Band of the RAF and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Collingwood.
Singer Laura Wright took to the stage, before actor Idris Elba recited Invictus, a poem by William Ernest Henley that was an inspiration for the Games. The 416 athletes taking part in the nine sports over the coming four days then entered the stadium in a parade.
11 September 2014
CTV, Eton Dorney
The second round of the World Rowing Cup of 2013 is being held at Eton Dorney. This unique event provides another chance to catch some of the worlds finest rowers at an iconic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue.
Trans-Sport provided several bespoke camera positions/camera towers along with a free standing open fronted commentary position.
21 June 2013
Alternative access platforms as recently hired to the BBC Events Team at Invictus Games 2014.
Available to hire, these lifts provide wheelchair access and are suitable for installation both in and outdoors.
11 September 2014
In 2007 PLASA launched the National Rigging Certificate, the aim of this accreditation is to bring a national standard to the entertainment rigging community. Fast-forward 5 years and Trans-Sport have 7 (and counting) qualified Level 2 riggers. Trans-Sport decided to make the commitment to the NRC early on with MD Shaun Cope first to achieve the Level 3 qualification, he felt that in order to maintain Trans-Sport’s commitment to safety it was tailor made for the firm.
The company has a good working relationship with UK Rigging having a policy to send new and experienced members of staff to the Bolton site in order to gain experience and knowledge from one of the industry experts; therefore it seemed a simple choice to be assessed at the UK Rigging site in Bolton.
Trans-Sport have also set up an in house training area and regularly conduct Tool Box Talks demonstrating new rigging equipment and techniques to ensure everyone working within the Company has a comprehensive knowledge and set of skills regardless of NRC status. It is the Company’s intention is for 100% of Trans-Sport rigging staff to attain Level 2 with a natural progression to Level 3 accreditation. Trans-Sport feels the NRC process allows individuals to be assessed externally, benchmarking themselves against industry standards and is committed to support staff throughout the scheme. For more information and details of our qualified Riggers follow the link below and search for Nottinghamshire in ‘County’. http://www.plasa.org/nrcqualifiedriggers
03 August 2012
Trans-Sport.TV is proud to announce itself as the main sponsor for the newly formed local team Retford FC.
We are delighted to support a local club which promotes local people.
Good luck for the season!
11 August 2015
Trans-Sport Ltd have been investing heavily in the future of the company. Working globally in the TV and Live Media events industries, the decision was made to increase the size of their chain hoist stock and having dealt with entertainment rigging supplier Lift Turn Move since 2005, when it came to making a decision on new hoists MD Shaun Cope went straight to LTM: “LTM offered us the LoadGuard but we’d never used them before, so Dan put a hoist in the back of his car and drove over to the warehouse and gave us a demo.” LTM have been supplying LoadGuard hoists into the entertainment industry for nearly four years now, and Trans-Sport Ltd were quick to see the benefits of them and placed an order for 50 units. Shaun continued: “The LoadGuard is ideal for us. They are small, sturdy, quiet and compact. They’re also lighter than other hoists that we’ve used which is better for the crew and they’re easy to maintain, so the guys love them. We are very pleased with the LoadGuards; our customers can see that we’re investing in high quality and reliable products, so as well as growing the company we’re growing our reputation in the industry.”
14 December 2011
In order to comply with the Low Emission regulations in London and other major European cities such as Berlin, Trans-Sport have purchased 3 new rigid vehicles from Sherwood Truck and Van based in Sheffield. The firm chose to deal with IVECO due to their good after sales service and also being able to provide a tailor made vehicle which suits the unusual nature of Trans-Sports events. In order to serve the media and television industry in the most efficient and cost effective way Trans-Sport had very specific requirements leading to them requesting and ordering 3 completely different vehicles. The first vehicle was a 7.5t rigid box van, ordered with a 23ft body and day cab in order to deliver a large but light load, equipped with a column tail-lift allowing safe loading and unloading in tight loading bays.
The second vehicle was an 18t rigid flatbed truck. This truck was again ordered with a day cab in order to optimise the maximum length allowed for rigid vehicles allowing long loads. The truck has been designed to carry modular structures such as the now infamous BBC Bubble Studio. The third vehicle was an 18t box vehicle specifically ordered and designed for the longer trips around Europe, this truck is equipped with a sleeper cab allowing the equipment to get to locations as quickly as possible whilst also providing maximum comfort for driver and travelling crew. All 3 vehicles are built to comply with Euro 5 Emission regulations and include the Eurotronic automatic gearbox. Although some drivers feel manual is best the team at Trans-Sport felt it important to progress with the technology available. The automatic box has improved fuel consumption, engine and clutch wear. Ultimately drivers and crew now feel it was the right move.
02 August 2012