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Second year’s PfCO granted by CAA for drone operations

Catalyst Video Services has been granted a second year’s ‘Permission for Commercial Operations’ by the Civil Aviation Authority this week.

Looking forward to another busy and exciting year ahead in the world of commercial drones.

Drone aerial photography

Catalyst sponsor local cycle group

Catalyst Design Partnership often lend a hand to help the local community with various projects and one of its recent activities has been to sponsor cycling shirts for local cycle club ‘The Gidding Gobblers’.

Catalyst sponsor local cycle groupSeveral members of the Gidding Gobblers cycle group sponsored by Catalyst

The Great Gidding based cycle group has members from around the county and meet at least twice a week for 50+ mile rides. Catalyst’s Paul Crank, himself a keen cyclist, designed the shirts and oversaw the production. The cycle shirts are also sponsored by Spirotech-SRD Ltd, one of Catalyst’s customers.

Catalyst sponsor local cycle group

Catalyst sponsor Sawtry Colts

Catalyst sponsor Sawtry Colts

Catalyst Design Partnership and Catalyst Video Services are happy to sponsor local under 18’s football club Sawtry Colts

Sawtry Colts Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Development Football Club with squads for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18 years old and have a ‘Football for All’ philosophy. All boys and girls from Sawtry and the surrounding villages from all backgrounds and communities are welcome to play at the club.

Read more about Sawtry Colts on their Facebook page

Catalyst sponsor Sawtry Colts

Paul Crank of Catalyst Video Services with BNUC-S qualification

Catalyst now has a CAA approved BNUC-S qualified drone pilot

Catalyst Video Services can now add aerial footage to the types of shots possible when producing a commercial video for its clients.

What is a BNUC qualification?

The Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUC™), introduced by EuroUSC™ in 2007, was the first commercial drone pilot qualification for remotely piloted aircraft below 150kg. In recognition of EuroUSC™’s expertise the UK Civil Aviation Authority commissioned EuroUSC™ in January 2010 to write the first drone pilot qualification standard for small sub 20kg drones relevant to fixed wing, rotary and multi-rotor systems. Subsequently, the Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUC-S™) has become the preferred drone pilot qualification required by many National Aviation Authorities before a Permission (PFAW) or Exemption is granted to an Operator.

The BNUC-S™ pilot qualification can be attained by passing both a two day Part 1 Theory course and Part 2 Flight Operations Assessment. To encourage safe operation in this new industry the Part 1 Theory course is open to all those who are interested in the regulatory and operational environment for Drones. The Part 1 examination is optional for those who do not require the full BNUC-S™ qualification.

picture books from Soviet Russia

Picture books from Soviet Russia

At the end of May there will be a major exhibition of rarely seen picture books from Soviet Russia at the House of Illustration.

Soviet children’s books in the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form against a turbulent political backdrop. With their perfect blend of typography, design and illustration and with subjects ranging from folk tales and contemporary children’s verse to books on the modern world and Soviet education, the subjects are brought to life with bold colours, dynamic shapes and playful layouts.

picture books from Soviet Russia

picture books from Soviet Russia

A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia starts on 27 May and runs until 11 September 2016 at the House of Illustration, King’s Cross N1C4BH. Full details are on The House of Illustration website:

Leonardo exhibition at Science Museum

This is an exhibition that will appeal to… everyone

If you’re an engineer, scientist, designer, artist or just an interested onlooker then the Science Museum’s upcoming exhibition, entitled Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius will make for a fascinating visit. Starting February 2016 all of the details are on the Science Museum website

We’re flying high!

We’ve just taken our first drone into the fold and are currently mid-training to obtain CCA approval. Watch this air space!

German microsite for Spirotech-SRD

German ‘micro-site’ helps generate sales leads

A better way to communicate with international clients

We’re very fortunate in that English is the foremost business language in many parts of the world. But if you are aware from your website stats that a particular country is dominant in the searches then creating a microsite in a particular language can be beneficial in securing solid enquiries. Catalyst has recently produced a German version microsite using the information from a client’s main website and this is proving to be a most useful additional marketing tool.

Give us a call on +44 (0)1832 293175 or email if you’d like some details.

Catalyst Video Services exhibit at the Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2015

And the winner of a 2 minute website video is…

The lucky recipient to be first drawn out of the box to win a 2 minute video for their website is Mr Terry Richards of Supplies Direct.

Along with many other entrants, Terry had stopped by Catalyst’s Stand at The Huntingdonshire Business Fair last week and dropped his business card into the Prize Draw box.

Congratulations Terry and many thanks to all who entered the draw… and watch this space for the published video.

The Huntingdonshire Business Fair

Catalyst Design and Video Services enjoyed another successful day exhibiting at The Huntingdonshire Business Fair on 23rd April.

The Business Fair, an annual event at Wood Green, is the region’s biggest B2B event, bringing together over 600 business people to to promote their products and services, meet new suppliers and generally benefit from a great deal of networking.

Catalyst agreed that the Business Fair was well worth exhibiting at and that the day had gone very well, making a good number of new business contacts. Manning the Catalyst stand at the fair were Partners Paul Crank and Krystyna Wojcik.

Catalyst Video Services exhibit at the Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2015
Pictured from left to right is Steph Taylor of Forever Living Products, SSBP Chairman Ralph Maloney, Bill Hensley (Mayor of Huntingdon) and Krystyna Wojcik of Catalyst Design & Video Services.

Video services

Win a two minute video!

Win a two minute video for your website! Entry couldn’t be simpler.

No brain churning required – simply visit Catalyst’s stand at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23rd April 2015 and drop your business card into the pot.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Enter our FREE competition!

Catalyst Design Partnership and Catalyst Video Services will be on Stand No J4 at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23 April 2015. Please call by, have a chat with us, drop your business card into the pot and you may be the lucky winner of a two minute video for your website. Our winner will enjoy:

  • One 2 minute video shot in HD 
  • Video of product, service or ‘talking head’
  • Approx 2 hour shoot
  • Company corporate branding including contact details
  • Background music
  • In video text based price/other details, if required
  • Embedding support, working with the company’s web team to streamline the process of broadcasting the videos on the client’s website.

Unable to make it to the show?

If you or a colleague can’t make it to the show, don’t worry! Just email us your details (name, company name, email) and we’ll enter you into the draw on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

The rules

1. Participants may only enter into this prize draw once.
2. To enter participants must be 18 years or over at the time of entry.
3. The prize draw will run from 08.00 to 23.59 on Thursday 23rd April. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 27th April 2015. The winner will be chosen in front of an independent observer (the “Observer”) at random. If we do not get a response from that email within 24 hours then we reserve the right to offer the prize to another customer.
4. Winners will be notified by email. Catalyst Video Services decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. Once the prize draw has taken place, the winner will be announced on Catalyst’s Design and Video websites.
6. By entering the promotion the prize winner agrees to participate in publicity and material resulting from the promotion if requested to do so by Catalyst Video Services. Catalyst Video Services reserves the right to use the details of the prize winners in any publicity or material.

For full details about the show visit and visit Catalyst Video Services website to see the type of video we can make for you.

Video for websites

Catalyst Video Services, sister company to Catalyst Design Partnership, launched in April 2014 and will be displaying the types of video that will help your website gain ranking with Google (owners of YouTube who just love to promote websites containing video). From the simplest introductory ‘talking heads’ interspersed with company images, through to the full blown full package where we will do everything for you from concept through to finished video, including script, storyboard, filming, editing, voice-over, titling and music soundtrack if required.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Stand J4
Huntingdonshire Business Fair
Wood Green Animal Shelters

Thursday 23 April 2015
10.00am— 4.00pm
Free entry

Please note. The prize is awarded on the understanding that the finished video may form part of Catalyst’s future marketing.

See you there!