About Us

AB Audio Visual is a privately owned company established in 1986 by founder Gary Blackburn.

Originally trading as GeeBee Entertainment Services, installing light and sound projects into nightclubs, bars and venues, the company re-branded to become AB Audio Visual.

Specialising in engineering-led solutions for commercial installations and home automation projects AB Audio Visual takes pride in providing high-quality, flexible and reliable installations.

Our focus is on designing and delivering solutions that meet or exceed expectations for a project, delivering on-time and within budget.

Time in the market has allowed us to establish excellent relationships with our suppliers. This means we can always source exactly the right solution for your projects.

Customers find us to be knowledgeable and friendly and we are renowned for providing, honest straight-forward, answers to sometimes difficult and complex questions.

Our engineering and project delivery teams are trained in-house which allows us to maintain high-levels of excellence. And we are happy to work around you, providing flexibility and out of office working hours, when required.

Background

From designing and installing lighting and sound projects into nightclubs, bars and venues to working with hotels, conference rooms, health clubs, fitness centres and spas, we have established a strong reputation in both domestic and commercial markets.

We often find our scope of works extends outside of our engaged services to include the installation of structured cabling networks, CCTV systems and lighting systems.

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Gary Blackburn

Managing Director

Gary started his working career as a Communications Engineer with British Rail and subsequently Racal Telecommunications. He set up Geebee Entertainment Services in 1986, to carry out light and sound installations in nightclubs and bars, later to be called AB Audio Visual.

Gary has more than thirty years experience in designing, managing and delivering projects to any scale and budget. His vast technical knowledge and experience in installation, maintenance of electronic systems, CAD design and software programming allows for solutions of all complexity.

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Kate Blackburn

Finance Officer

Kate began her career in the NHS as a technician in an X-ray department, balancing family life and work before becoming a qualified Teaching Assistant, during which time she was also balancing the books for AB Audio Visual Ltd.

In 2013 Kate joined the company full-time, taking on the role of Finance Officer. Bringing her organisational skills and high level of accuracy, along with an attention to detail, Kate ensures everything runs in a smooth and efficient manner.

Kate’s hobbies include singing with Rock Choir (with the occasional solo) and riding fast motorbikes.

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James Balls

Technical Services Manager

James began his career in food manufacturing in 1988, working his way to Engineering Maintenance Manager in a large organisation, where attention to detail was paramount. Prior to joining AB Audio Visual in 2015 he spent a number of years on microlight aircraft maintenance and repair.

James brings great enthusiasm, technical abilities and understanding of clients’ requirements to his Technical Service Manager role, in addition to great organisational skills, and vast health and safety knowledge.

Hobbies and interests include Amateur Radio, Electronics and Technology.

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Kirsty Ellington

Administrator

Kirsty joined AB Audio Visual in July 2016 in her role as Office Administrator, from a background in hospitality, consumer and retail industries.

Kirsty loves the variety in her job which includes sales purchasing functions, providing customer quotations, scheduling projects and travel, job set-up details and other administrative duties to aid the smooth running of the day-to-day business and meeting customer requirements.

Kirsty also fulfils receptionist duties in the office and is the friendly voice to greet customers and visitors to the office, either by telephone or in person.