27 November 2013: VDC celebrated a quarter of a century of trading with a party at the Grade-II listed Studio 2 – forever associated with The Beatles and where the biggest names in business have recorded for more than 80 years.
VDC started from relatively humble beginnings in a semi-derelict warehouse in 1987, is now a world leader in pro-AV cabling. Niall Holden, founder of VDC and the Van Damme cable brand, said
To meet Jimmy Page was tremendous and I have Bob Dylan to thank for it. How many people can say that. Apparently, Jimmy was due to see Tom Chacon play a couple of nights ago but had decided to go and see Bob Dylan as he was in town too. Fortunately for us Chacon was one of the guest artists at our event and as Jimmy was still keen to hear him he came along.
I can’t think of anyone more fitting to have met on this particular day – he was impressive and genuinely interested in me, the business, our guests and my family – and all the time he was wearing one of our VDC Trading guest badges. What a remarkable man.
More than 130 guests turned up to what has to be the best known studio on the planet – the place where Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles, The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and The Bends by Radiohead were recorded. Party-goers were entertained by guitarists Bob Wootton and Nick Tilley, US artist Tom Chacon and comedian musician Earl Okin, as well as being given a chance to visit the control room in the studio which saw so much musical history.
It does feel like it’s taken 25 years to get my act together but there’s plenty more to do and great prospects for our business – we’re certainly not running out of steam. We’ve made a great investment in our fibre lab and launched two new Van Damme fibre optic cables. Customers have always been at the foundation of what we do and we’re looking forward to providing them with the same great solution design and build service with fibre as we have done for more than 25 years with copper.