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Thorns Group launches production division

Paul Seeney, formerly of Hampshire, England-based Classic World Events, has joined London-based event rental supplier Thorns Group to spearhead a newly formed lighting and visual effects division. The new division, Classic Technical Services, features a staff of six specialists and offers lighting design, power installation, audiovisual services and IT support. The division is now operating out of the former offices of Classic World Events, but will join other Thorns Group divisions, including exhibition design and floral, in a new, centralized headquarters in London later this year.

According to Thorns Group managing director Graham Langley-Jones, the launch of the technical services unit was in line with recent expansions of Thorns Group, which currently claims annual revenue in excess of 7 million pounds ($10 million). "We believe that clients benefit greatly from dealing in a single-source supplier," he explained. An expanded Thorns Group can "reduce the potential headaches of liaising with several firms, and remove the danger that certain elements of an assignment might be overlooked," he added.

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