ELS Opening Weekend



A decade in business marked by investing in the future of Island events 


Seventy percent of business start-ups fail within their first year. That’s not a statistic designed to diffuse ambition or discourage innovation if you’re forging your next great business idea, but it does add gravitas to the founders who see out their first year and go on to mark milestone celebrations. 


ELS, formerly known as Event Lighting Services, is one of these once fledging businesses, who have overcome common hurdles that can disrupt start-ups to reach their 10th anniversary, which business owners Justin McMullin and Ricky Rooney will mark next month with a public open day at their new event studio in Tromode. 


The events industry is worth £42.3 billion to the UK economy and Government credit events as a key driver of economic influence and growth performance. Closer to home, as the Island attracts large scale operations from the UK to relocate and call the Isle of Man home, and Isle of Man businesses enjoy organic growth that allows them to compete on an international stage, investment in public events is an essential activity for growth-orientated businesses. 

When well-executed, a public statement can signal positive indicators and secure new business interest. While often a high value investment, returns are reported to be up to 8 times higher than any associated marketing activity. 


In the ten years, ELS have delivered well over 1,800 events including international conferences, outdoor music festivals, gala dinners, VIP hospitality, laser light shows and architectural lighting, both on and off island. Locally, ELS have supported over 400 businesses, Government Departments, charities and public sector organisations with events activity from small-scale seminars and boardroom briefings to a 9,000-person music festival. 


ELS have delivered production services for many notable events including the Elton John concert at Nobles Park, The Peel Viking Festival, The Douglas Bay Festival, Bushy’s Main Stage, Celtic Media Festival, ISLEXPO, ICE London, Global-Gathering Dance Festival as well as a number of box office films and primetime TV shows for national broadcasters the BBC and ITV Studios. 


Director, Justin McMullin, commented: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our tenth anniversary year in our new warehouse & demonstration studio. We have a really strong portfolio, over 40 years of experience between our core team and a kit list which allows us to deliver productions on par with anything we see and experience in the UK and further afield. For us, our anniversary year will be about continued investment in the latest professional grade event equipment and investing into the Islands events and entertainment industry”. 


“This started recently with an investment of over £150,000 in the Islands only outdoor rated large format LED screen, which measures a whopping 7 meters wide and has already featured at a number of high-profile events. Our new studio space provides a modern facility where we can setup and demonstrate our equipment for clients and share our experience and knowledge with burgeoning media and technology students through the UCM and the Islands schools. To give students hands-on work experience and support them in their studies and post education is highly rewarding and an area I’ve wanted to create for years as we have a huge skills gap in our event Industry on Island”. 


“Looking back, we’re also really proud to have been able to support a large number of charitable causes, and in our 10 years of operating, we’ve donated over £45,000 of production services and equipment to Island based charities which we truly hope has benefitted their causes. As we go forward, we will continue to play our part in the local community and support charities. We’re fortunate to be based in the Isle of Man, with a vibrant events industry which is set to grow this year.” 


ELS will be hosting an Open Day for the general public on Saturday 30th March at their new facility, Unit 7, Ballafletcher Industrial Estate, Braddan. The Open Day will feature live demonstrations of the very latest in event lighting, sound and special effects equipment. The team will also have indoor and outdoor stages, Giant LED screens and their Outdoor Cinema set up from 10am – 5pm with food and drink and live music throughout the day. For more information, please visit 




Justin McMullin Director, ELS
+44 (0) 7624 200101