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Tony Bellew – Boxing Simulator

Boxing Simulator hire

Tony Bellew on the PSW Events Boxing Simulator

Tony Bellew dusting himself down in preparation for a Huge Punch on the Boxing Machine. Soon to be involved in a rematch with David Haye, Tony took some time out of training to engage on promotional work with Papa Johns launch of their new Deep Crust Pizza range.

Gareth Thomas – Rugby Simulator

Former Wales Rugby Captain Gareth Thomas on Promotion with the Rugby Simulator

Gareth Thomas promoting the Prime Point, Pensnett Trading Estate along with the PSW Events Rugby Simulator.

Sky Sports Challenge – Boxing Simulator

Thierry Henry in Action on the Boxing Simulator

Ahead of the big Premier League kick-off, Soccer AM roped Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher into #SkySportsDay – but who triumphed in the Boxing Challenge?

Soccer AM returned from its summer break in August and to mark the start of the season the gang rounded up Sky Sports favourites, including Thierry and Carra for some fun and games.

Ride London 2017 – Skoda

Historic race closes world’s greatest festival of cycling.

History was made in central London on Sunday July 30th when Britain’s first ever men’s UCI WorldTour race brought the fifth Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling to a thrilling conclusion on The Mall.

PSW Events were at the festival providing some fantastic extra fun with our cycling simulators.

FIFA Football penalty Simulator

Fifa Christmas Party – Football Penalty Simulator

PSW Events featured the Football penalty Simulator at the FIFA Christmas Party at the fabulous Kaufleuten Hotel in Zurich.

The Event team were able to build with a tight schedule on to one of the main hall stage areas before inviting FIFA staff and international guests to participate. Among the crowd were FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Marco Van Basten. A very capable number of the participants tried their luck at different kicking styles including the Ribona, the ladies were also keen to show off their skills and with a quick removal of the heels did not disappoint with their penalty attempts.

The planning of the event incorporated a stage extension detailed in conjunction with the PSW CAD design team and the venue Event installation office to allow for a safe workable area to incorporate the Football Simulator footprint. A number of online meetings took place to ensure that the Audio Visual, Staging area and other internal services would fit around the Simulator.

Logistics and Customs clearance were also taken into account at the planning stages and the 1400 mile round trip by our transport department went very smoothly. With inclement conditions being a factor in Switzerland the final load included Snow chains, Shovels and warm weather clothing to offset any challenge.

Fifa Zurich

Upcoming Sporting Event for the Football Penalty Simulator?

If you’re looking for some Sport style entertainment or games machines, a simulator or interactive game could be the way to go. Get in touch with the PSW Events office to see how we can help with the planning of your road show or Fan zone in 2017.

We have a wide variety of Sports Simulators available listed on the site and are also able to develop new forms of Simulation to meet your needs and budget. Why not give us a call to see how we can develop your plan into action and build a successful event.

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How Much Will Your Office Christmas Party Set You Back?

Chances are you have already hired your golf simulator for your office Christmas party but do you know how much you are spending on the party over all?

In recent research by Eventbrite, organisations were found to have spent around £40 a head per employee, which means that nearly £1 billion is expected to be spent nationally this year. Some three out of four organisations expect to hold Christmas parties this year and nine out of ten seek alternatives to the ‘boring office party’.

The Christmas Party Index, launched last year, aims to look at trends emerging in the industry as employees expect grander and more experiential parties during the season of good cheer.

The total cost per employee depends highly on which part of the country you are in, with 11 per cent of businesses in the capital forking out an average of £100 per employee. This goes as low as £12.36 in Northern Ireland.

How cost per employee breaks down:

  1. Greater London – £56.49
  2. East Midlands – £39.44
  3. Yorkshire – £37.72
  4. South-east – £36.98
  5. North-east – £33.44
  6. South-west – £32.64
  7. North-west – £31.78
  8. Scotland – £31.58
  9. West Midlands – £26.40
  10. East of England – £26.12
  11. Wales – £19.79
  12. Northern Ireland – £12.36

With top costs for parties including venues and food and alcohol, it is worth searching for the best deals ahead of time. If you are looking at booking some kind of games simulator, which we offer, you also need to make sure the venue is suitable for setting up this unusual equipment.

How can you save on tax?

While there is no specific tax allowance available for Christmas parties, there is however the possibility of claiming tax deductible expenses for an annual event, providing certain conditions are met.

Firstly, entertainment needs to be considered and while it is considered a legitimate expense it is not a tax deductible one.

Tax deductible expenses can be claimed against the company for an annual event of a cost up to £150 per employee. However, if it exceeds this cost, even by a penny it is not tax deductible. These costs can include accommodation, transport, and food and drink.

While HMRC insists on referring to the allowance as an annual event, they can be split up over the year as long as the cost threshold isn’t exceeded. To calculate the cost per head, HMRC states that you should divide the total cost of each function by the total number of people who attend (including non-employees such as spouses who may be invited) in order to arrive at the cost per head.

This is an example of an expense that has not risen in line with inflation, and has in fact fallen since 2003 when companies could claim £215 per person.

It is also important to be able to demonstrate that the event is open to all members of the organisation, so don’t forget to invite that facilities manager who has been working hard all year.

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1/6 Workers ‘Dread The Christmas Party’

With Christmas just 33 short days away, businesses all over the UK will be planning their festive parties to show their members of staff how much they appreciate all their hard work done in 2016 – but spare a thought for the one in six people who apparently dread these Christmas parties.

New research from indoor go-karting company TeamSport has found that 19 per cent of employees actively go out of their way to avoid going to these shindigs – with women found to be more likely to lie to get out of going than men, Small Business reports.

The company’s Fiona Taylor was quoted by the news source as saying: “A Christmas party is a time to celebrate and socialise with work colleagues, so perhaps employers need to find alternatives to the traditional celebrations and break away from the norm.”

We think this is an excellent idea so if you have left your festive party to the last minute and want to do something a little different to heading out for a meal at a local restaurant followed by a few drinks, check out what we’ve got on offer here at PSW Events.

Party entertainment hire really is our speciality and we have a huge array of different options available to you. Basically, whatever you can think of, we do it! We have all sorts of different sporting simulators for you to enjoy, as well as fairground rides, event stations, casino hire and even bungee jump hire. Imagine how exciting your Christmas party would be with a bungee jump on offer!

Inspiration For An Amazing Work Christmas Party

If you’ve left it a bit late to book the office Christmas party this year, don’t worry – there are still plenty of great options for corporate entertainment out that there will make sure your event is memorable for all the right reasons.

And we thought we’d offer you some inspiration, in the form of outstanding themes and stunning venues.

One of the most committed efforts for festive celebrations this year has to come from Carlisle, where a two-day Christmas party is being organised in the city. As part of the celebrations, the bandstand will be transformed into Narnia, complete with snow machines, the News & Star reported.

Organisers are also planning live music, a fireside cafe and, of course, plenty of festive food and drink.

Event magazine has also offered some advice about where to host a Christmas party this year, picking out its top three venues in London. They include the National Theatre’s rooftop venue The Deck, which is set to be transformed into a prohibition-era speakeasy; and Apres Ski at Finsbury Park, where you’ll find a ski lodge set in a winter wonderland.

The publication’s third recommendation is Magic Roundabout in Shoreditch, which is known for its street food, craft beers and cocktails.

If you want to make your Christmas party particularly unique and give people something more to do than simply eat and drink, you could also hire some entertainment for the event. Simulators are great fun, or how about a giant Scalextric to bring out a bit of friendly competition?

7 Of The Best UK Venues For Corporate Parties

If you want to put on the party to end all parties to show your appreciation for all your members of staff, why not hunt out a truly unique and memorable event space? Yes, you could just go for a meal out in your local town, but why not push the boat out in 2016 and see just how refreshed and energetic your workforce is come the new year. Here are seven ideas for venues in the UK to help you get started.


  1. Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire

Who wouldn’t want to party in a castle, we ask you? This one allows you to hire out their Great Hall and they can also offer you a big heated marquee if you have lots of people to accommodate. You can also hire out the castle and its grounds for £1,000 a day… steep but totally worth it.


  1. Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall

What about going deep underground for your next corporate event? They have several options so you can tailor your package as you require, but the Upper Rum Store which has capacity for 150 people might be the best choice.


  1. The Dry Berth, Cutty Sark, London

LONDON, UK - JUNE 25TH 2015: The beautiful Cutty Sark clipper ship in Greenwich, London on 25th June 2015.

Entertaining the masses beneath the hull of a ship has to be up there with one of the best ideas ever. It has capacity for 450 standing or 270 for a seated dinner and you can even put on entertainment like performances by historical interpreters so you can all learn about the history of the ship. At £8,000 a day, it’s not cheap but it certainly sounds as though it’s worth it.


  1. The Monastery, Manchester


Head to Gorton Monastery in Manchester and you’ll be very pleasantly surprised indeed. It might not sound like it would be great space for corporate event, but it’s one of the best places in Manchester to go to. Prices start from £3,500 and up to 450 guests can be accommodated.


  1. The Deep, Hull

Photo of The Deep

This is one of the best aquariums to be found in the UK, in the world in fact, home to 3,500 fish including sharks and rays. It overlooks the Humber estuary and would make the perfect choice for your next event. Whatever it is you’re hosting, what could be better than spending time with your colleagues having a delicious meal and a few drinks, surrounded by creatures of the deep?


  1. The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

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The Majestic has an awful lot of charm and the food is out of this world, no doubt thanks to all the famous chefs that work there! If you and your office are big foodies, this would be a great choice. There’s also a lot to see and do in the local area, so you could make a real day of it.


  1. Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant venue, then The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden would be a fantastic choice. There’s a roaring log fire in the middle of the room, as well as handcrafted furniture and even trees growing through the floor!

For corporate event entertainment hire, get in touch with our team here at PSW Events.