Bolton’s TVD Group Opens ‘Tech Hub of The North’

TVD Group, a leading AV technology supplier and installer of commercial audio-visual projects, has opened The TVD Experience Centre, billed as the Tech Hub of the North.

In over a year-long upgrade and £600,000 investment of its existing headquarters in Bolton, the opening of the TVD Experience Centre is the crowning jewel for a business that has been the driving force in AV technology in the north of the UK for nearly 30 years. This forward-thinking company has recently transitioned to an employee-owned business, with the Trust now owning 51% of the shares of the business.

The TVD Experience Centre features immersive display areas, innovative products and fully integrated solutions from TVD’s key partners including Samsung, Philips, LG and over a dozen big-name brands in the AV sector, who sent representatives to speak to the press on the opening day.

Highlights on the Experience Centre include Samsung’s £130,000 110in ‘The Wall’ MircoLED display, Vestel’s latest commercial display range, TVs from Micthell & Brown, and premium commercial audio products. Innovative technologies on show include LG Electronics’ impressive LED 136in all-in-one smart series, Philips power-free Tableaux ePaper displays and Accenta hanging digital posters.

TVD Group grew out of a TV retail business, with Jim Brown and his sons Matthew and Daniel opening TV and Video Direct in 1996 and has grown to be one of the UK’s leading AV technology distributors to the commercial and retail trade, including launching its own TV brand, Mitchell & Brown. TVC Technology Solutions, a division of TVD Group, that supplies a range of industries including betting, retail, leisure, hospitality, care, education, sports stadia and corporate venues, has this year been nominated for two major AV industry installation awards for the project the company completed at the Formula 1 Arcade in central London.

Mat Brown, Co-Founder and Director commented at the event, “We wanted to offer both new and existing customers the opportunity to explore the very latest AV technologies from some of the world’s biggest brands, fully integrated into complete solutions in one engaging venue in the north of the UK. The TVD Experience Centre provides a level of unrivalled personalisation for clients who want to experience what technology can bring to their business and how it can enhance their brand.”

Following the official launch of the TVD Experience Centre, the venue will be used to host a series of bespoke brand-specific events, hosted by TVD’s partner manufacturers and sector-specific events covering AV for hotels and leisure venues, retail premises, care homes, betting shops, offices and commercial enterprise. Events will cover UK new product launches, integrator training and showcases of what the latest AV technology can do to revolutionise audience, customer and employee engagement. TVD also wants to encourage businesses to host their own small events and meetings in the Experience Centre, giving businesses access to the latest technology and further promoting the unique venue.

The UK’s own domestic TV brand, TVD Group’s Mitchell & Brown, will also make use of the venue for retailer and press launches, demonstrations and retailer training sessions. The Experience Centre features the brand’s latest range of both small-screen TVs and flagship QLED smart TVs up to home cinema sizes.

Lucia Maguire, Managing Director commented, “With the Experience Centre now fully open and the transition to employee ownership complete, this previously family-owned business is perfectly placed to continue its strategic growth across the UK AV sector. Our ambitions of continued growth, growing our local team, creating a great place to work and our dedication to our customers and the level of service and quality we deliver remains a core focus.”

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