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Global camera hire specialist Camera One launches in Manchester

Global camera rental specialist Camera One has opened a new base in Manchester “to allow our inventory to be more accessible in the North with the aim to become UK’s #1 provider of cameras, lenses, accessories and in-house technical services.”

The company said it chose the location in order to better serve its customers in the North of England and Scotland, and due to high local demand thanks to the number of production companies and studios in Media City.

Originally founded in the US, CameraOne expanded to Europe in 2023, enhancing accessibility and establishing a global presence. It now operates three UK locations in Surrey, Cardiff and Manchester and has built an enviable reputation for the latest gear, the highest levels of service and the most competitive pricing.

Camera One hire coordinator Adam Hardwicke said: “We will continue to provide a great service offering equipment to those that need it with great prices in order to help the industry and productions in the North flourish. We’re here to help boost visual creations however big or small. We want to make rental service simple to our North-based clients with our people first etiquette and willingness to go above and beyond for those on set.”

Camera One customer and DOP Jamie Knights, who has 35 years of experience working with broadcasters including National Geographic, BBC, ITN and Discovery Channel, added: “The team at Camera One are always so easy to deal with. From the moment a project is quoted for, prepped to its completion and return. Standards are high being in the industry for over 30 years and I can honestly reiterate how impressed I am with the level of care that goes into each kit packed ready for my filming projects.

“A recommendation of accessories is always given in addition to equipment requested. And especially when working abroad or in remote locations spares are provided, which gives me peace of mind. With Camera One’s extensive inventory list I feel I can fulfil all my projects to a high level for my clients and most importantly to suffice varied budgets.

“In all my years as a DOP working all over the world, I have hired from most kit houses and this has been far the best range and quality I have used in my career.”

The new Manchester Centre can be found at The Courtyard in Cheadle.

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