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Convergence Goes Commando

Editorial in 'South East Business' January 2011 edition

Audio-visual experts Convergence AV took two paces forward when a new army charity wanted volunteers to help with a major fund-raising effort.

Go Commando, which has links with the Help for Heroes charity, organised a Diamond and Snowflake Ball at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, home of 40 Commando, which lost 14 Royal Marines during a recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The marquee-based event, which set out to raise £40,000, featured a silent auction, opera singers, video presentations and special effects – all of which needed the kind of audio-visual support that Convergence AV specialises in providing.

“It was clearly for a good cause and we knew we had the expertise to make it a really special occasion for everyone there, so I said we would provide everything they needed in audio-visual terms,” explained managing director Phill Metcalf.

“All my team volunteered their time free of charge and we provided the equipment for free too, so that the charity would get the maximum benefit from the event.”

The gesture involved three days of work in sub-zero temperatures and included setting up a sophisticated sound system, providing 20 video screens and lighting the event – which also meant providing the creative snowflake effects that gave the event its name.

Epsom-based Convergence AV employs seven full-time staff as well as drawing on a huge pool of freelance talents to provide quality audio-visual services across the UK and as far afield as Shanghai and the United States.

“We specialise in working closely with the client, treating them as a partner so that we can help them achieve the best possible event, whether it’s a conference, a product launch or a road show,” explained Phill.

“Anyone who would like to help the charity can purchase a 2011 Marines of 40 Commando calendar by visiting

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