Ovation Productions


Although directors John and Katie Plews are no longer running the day to day business they are still very much involved in corporate events and available for consultancy on all aspects of event management.


At the prestigious IVCA Awards (for Corporate Video and Business Events) held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 26th March 2004, Ovation won the Gold Award in the Live Events category.

This is the fifth award Ovation has won and the third Gold. The 2004 award was in recognition for the Yorkshire Building Society road show “Banging The Drum”, a six date event staged for the two thousand employees of the Society.

In the words of the Chief Executive Iain Cornish “I have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone I have spoken to, indeed the consensus seems to be that this year’s road shows have been the best so far.  My own view is we undoubtedly achieved our aims of getting across the purpose, values and vision of the Society, in the context of a very upbeat, motivational and fun occasion”.

The IVCA judges citation read:  A highly absorbing event, rich in audience participation delivered and executed in the most lively and compelling way.


At the 2002 IVCA Awards on 22nd March at Grosvenor House, Ovation were awarded both Silver and Bronze in the Live Events category.

Bronze Award for the Royal & SunAlliance presentation – “Cooking in a 1% World”. Judges Citation: The human face of a pension provider was provided through the production company’s clear understanding of the target audience and their use of an informal combination of factual information, entertainment and interaction to communicate a concise message.

Silver Award for the Yorkshire Building Society Roadshow – “With You One Hundred Per Cent”. Judges Citation: An inspired mix of a wide variety of interactivity, information and entertainment helped to create atmosphere and excitement company-wide for this project and an excellent understanding of the clients’ objectives and staff demographic was displayed.

In 2000, Ovation beat off stiff competition to win a Gold Award at the IVCA Millennium Awards Ceremony. Winner of Internal Live Events category, the Award was made for a satellite-linked event produced on behalf of the Yorkshire Building Society (YBS).

John Plews said “We are delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Gold Award by the IVCA for our work with YBS. This was a challenging project that demanded complex technology, innovative creativity and a significant amount of organisation and management. It is a fantastic feeling to have our achievement acknowledged by the industry with an IVCA Gold Award.

Ovation’s challenge was to create an opportunity for the Building Society’s CEO to talk personally and interactively with 1,800 people, whilst creating an exciting and friendly atmosphere that would motivate and enthuse staff, without being over business-like. The event was themed around the concept of a TV station, YBSTV, which would broadcast news (the CEO’s address), undertake an audience opinion poll and finally, entertain the audience with a game show. The hub site in Bradford was satellite linked to five other venues across the UK where the YBS staff had been gathered.
David Holmes, Corporate Affairs Manager at YBS, who commissioned the project with Group Marketing and Communications Manager, Linda Will, said “The award is well deserved. This was a substantial project, but Ovation delivered a solution that not only met our objectives and targets, but exceeded our expectations”. The judges’ citation stated that Ovation’s entry was “…an event which combined both business management and sheer entertainment. A brilliant mix of satellite link-up and theatre, excellently stage managed and pitched at exactly the right level. A unanimous winner”.

Ovation then went on to win the Gold for Best Live Event at the Marketing Events Awards.


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Assc. of Corporate Travel Executives Loctite Adhesives
ADT Security Mansfield Brewery
Alfred McAlpine (Homes) Marley Roof Tiles
Bass plc Mazda
Beiersdorf UK McVities
Boosey and Hawkes Mortgage Finance Awards
Bracknell Forest Borough Council National House Builders Council
Brake Bros NatWest Bank
British Gas ORT International
British ORT Parkray Solid Fuel Heating
Building Societies Association Portman Building Society
Carlsberg-Tetley PPG Industries
Centaur Publishing Prestige Group
Charterhouse Communications Professional Marketing International
CBI Red Consultancy
Charrington and Co. Rowntrees
Codemasters Royal Bank of Scotland
Compaq Royal Caribbean International (Cruises)
Darts World Magazine Royal Liver Assurance
Data Select Royal & SunAlliance
Del Monte Foods Salt Events
East Herts District Council Schuco
Elcot Publications Shell International
Ernst and Young Singer & Friedlander
Estee Lauder Six Continents Hotels
Exxon Smith & Nephew plc
Gerber Soft Drinks Smiths Crisps
Gieves & Hawkes Southcorp Wines
Hermes Steiner Leisure
Hertz Rental Swan Vesta
Hometune U.K. Talk Radio
ICL (Peritas) Thames Valley Business Awards
IDV Group Thames Valley Enterprise Board
Immediate PR Taunton Cider Company
Institute of Lighting Engineers Tefal UK
Insituform Group Unico Banking Group
Isocrete United Friendly Assurance
Jeyes United Friendly Financial Planning
Johnson Controls Vermont Castings (U.S.A.)
Knauf Wine & Spirits Benevolent Society
KPMG World Sindhi Congress
Ladbroke plc World ORT
Lady Taverners XMA
Landmark Cash & Carry Yorkshire Building Society
Leaf UK Zeneca