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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


SPL Communications is a full-service marketing services, content creation and video production company specialising in business-to-business communications for large and small organizations. Please be aware that we are VAT-registered.

SPL is headed up by Ian Sandall - a highly rated Film & TV pro with many years of experience in broadcast, commercials, and training videos.

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10 hires on Bark
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12 customer reviews

21 December 2022

Video Design & Production

If you are after someone who is flexible, dedicated, understands your vision and someone who doesn't stop until the final result is perfect then SPL Communications should be your go to! I've lost count of the amount of hours i've spent working with Ian across 2022, he became a part of a team for us. More...

13 December 2022

Video Design & Production

It’s been an absolutely pleasure working with Ian Sandall from SPL Communications on my project, which was to create a series of long and short format videos showcasing the disability charity that I work for in Stockport.

Ian immediately understood our brief due to having extensive experience of video production and also having worked with similar organisations. This was the first time the charity had commissioned anyone to undertake such as project and Ian was able to instil confidence that he was able to deliver what was required from the outset. Although we knew what we were trying to achieve, Ian was instrumental in shaping the outcomes and the process we needed to go through in internally to deliver this.

Ian was very personable and easy to work with both from my perspective as the project manager but also for the members of staff who had to get up in front of the camera, which was very much out of their comfort zone.

Everyone throughout the organisation was delighted with the final versions of all the videos produced and we’re already seeing the benefits of using these within our recruitment marketing activity.

I’m would absolutely recommend SPL Communications to anyone considering them for their video production work.

25 October 2021

Video Design & Production

This is the first video RoC has produced and SPL Communications (Ian Sandall) was chosen based on their experience in the architecture and construction sector.

Ian has been an absolute true professional and has guided us gently but firmly down the road to creating the most engaging company video. The video showcases our team and the projects we are working on and we are receiving excellent feedback from our clients.

It has been a pleasure working with Ian on this video and his input and experience has enabled us to produce a first class company video. I would highly recommend him to any company.

19 August 2021

Video Design & Production

We all enjoyed working with Ian Sandall, SPL Communications. He understood exactly what we needed from the first phone call and we are really delighted with the professional video he has produced for us. Ian was enthusiastic and proactive throughout the project which made working with him very easy. He visited our engineering factory prior to filming, liaised with the engineers and office staff to be filmed and guided the preparation. Highly recommended. More...

4 March 2021

Video Design & Production

Working with SPL Communications, has been an excellent experience. This was our first attempt at creating professionally produced YouTube videos. Ian Sandall's experience and guidance made this process stress free and the production seamless. We are delighted with the results. We will be using Ian again, and would recommend him without hesitation. More...

2 December 2020

Writing Services

We were impressed with Ian’s grasp of the specialised nature of the copy we needed for our new site. His knowledge and obvious enthusiasm for the subject meant that the copy was exactly what we were looking for and we intend to carry on using him as the site develops.
His ability to incorporate SEO keywords into our copy was a bonus and will be invaluable to our business going forward.

12 November 2020

We commissioned Ian to produce a series of testimonial videos of our dealerships.
Ian was amazing. He took into account everything we wanted to get out of the videos and delivered above and beyond.
During the whole process, there was clear and regular communication with various suggestions, additions and changes. All of which, helped elevate the videos even further.
He was extremely prepared and flexible due to lockdown concerns in areas where we needed filming. He made the whole thing effortless. Polite and professional all the way through. I can imagine we will be seeing him again for more.

2 July 2020

Commercial, Movie, or Music Videography

I was pleased we selected Ian Sandall to direct and produce our recent film. We were all impressed by his understanding of our product and the requirements of the brief, getting up to speed quickly and even introducing us to other suitable suppliers for specialist work. The finished film has surpassed my expectations and gained many positive responses from our stakeholders. I’m happy to recommend Ian to any organisation requiring films for a specialised or technically-based product / service. More...

30 June 2020

We asked Ian at SPL to make a series of videos to explain our proposition and record some case study testimonials. I must admit I had underestimated how much thinking has to happen to get a good result but Ian was totally on it. He really knows what has to happen to make videos which say what you need them to say. We are very pleased with ours. Top notch. Whether it's your own money or your marketing budget, you can relax if you get Ian involved. Thoroughly recommended. More...

30 June 2020

My name is Patrick Gaydecki, Professor of Digital Signal Processing at the University or Manchester, and also Director of Signal Wizard systems Ltd, a spin-off company from the university that develops and commercializes consumer audio devices for the music industry and performance artists.

We commissioned SPL Communications to produce an official promotion video for vsound - an effects pedal for violinists - which is one of our flagship products. During our planning meetings with Ian Sandall, I was impressed with his professionalism, evident expertise and meticulous attention to detail. In particular, he asked many searching questions that subsequently proved to be of key significance in the shooting of the video.

Ian Sandall made all necessary preparations for the filming, optimizing the execution of the procedure and leaving nothing to chance. This meant that on the day of the filming, which took place in a recording studio, the various scenes were shot with efficiency and in a timely manner. It became evident during this process that he was a consummate professional with all aspects of the filming, addressing matters including scene setting, lighting, positioning, sound levels and sequencing with an expertise that was reassuring to his clients.

The final promotion video was released after several discussions that centred on the initial cuts that Ian prepared. We are very happy indeed with the final product, which is rapidly accumulating views – and likes - on our YouTube channel. The video is polished and engaging, with a fluent voice-over and narrative trajectory that is compelling and also intriguing. In short, within the space of less than three minutes (an ideal length for such a video) it tells a good story with impact and conviction.

I repeat that we are absolutely delighted with our video and we cannot recommend SPL Communications, and Ian Sandall, highly enough.

30 June 2020

We were delighted with the videos produced by SPL which faithfully captured the essence and ethos of our company, its people and the innovative Arvia water treatment system. We were also impressed with Ian’s technical understanding of our processes, enabling him to ask the right questions when interviewing and then structure the videos to appeal to our target audiences. Personally I’m not really at ease in front of a camera but Ian made it painless for us all here. I can highly recommend SPL to anyone looking for a professionally-produced technically-based video. More...

30 June 2020

The attention to detail from brief to final film from SPL is superb. Getting to grips with the issues, showing clear understanding of the task in hand and then executing it is rare and Ian managed to do this perfectly and quickly. His guidance and suggestions resulted in films for Solvo Vir that exceeded our expectations. I can’t recommend SPL highly enough. More...


I love the challenge of being able to turn someone's brainwave ...or a few sketches and some random words into a full film production that can move or motivate an audience and sell product! Film-makers are passionate people and my particular passion is filming people.

Making 'documentary style' interview films is what I excel in; after all, people BUY people. And people buy products and services from people too. I love being able to tell a story just using interviews with people.

And through many years experience I know how to get the best out of people on camera. I can put them at their ease and let them open up to me - it works a treat!

It was quite some time ago now but I think I became unemployable!

I prefer to offer my clients a flexible approach to production and if it's a project or product I'm really interested in, I like being able to offer my clients a really good deal on the project.

I knew that I had a certain skillset that wasn't being fully utilised where I was, so many years ago decided to set up on my own and have been happliy making films ever since!

So as a result I love working with entrepreneurs and those who have 'broken the mould' and decided to do things their own way! I have a wealth of experience in dealing with people - from the boardroom to the factory floor - and can put this to good use when making films for my clients.

I'm passionate about TV & Film and will ALWAYS go the extra mile!

When you ask me to work with you (or even at a pitch stage) I'll put together a full treatment that will:

- Propose a creative route within your budget
- Itemise the number of filming and editing days and any other requirements
- Give you a specificatuion and a fixed price for the work.

In addition as a Fellow of the Institute of Videography (www.iov.uk) I work to their high professional standards and am fully insured. For the security of my clients, I also carry a £100K Producers Indemnity policy.

Apart from coming to film you or your company (and sometimes that isn't necessary either) everything else can be done remotely. We send you progress reports as we proceed with the production and post-production.

If we do need to film in studio or at your premises, we are fullly COVID-19 compliant as we 'short crew' and for your information we ARE allowed to film indoors and outdoors during any lockdowns that may take place, provided we stick to our guidelines.

During recent lock-downs we have also been producing a wide variety of videos using stock footage. Most types of shots are available - it's just a question of having a budget and knowing where on the internet to look! Using stock footage means we can do everything remotely and discuss everything using Skype, Zoom or Teams!

Our shoots are fully COVID-19 compliant and we work under the current film and TV industry for safe filming. This includes wiping down and sanitising all technical equipment, no-contact microphones if requested, and a very small crew. For more info, check the main page of our website: splcomms.uk


Editing of all types of video material. We have a fully equipped 4K edit suite built to my specifications recently and edit using either Premiere Pro or Resolve. We also carry out picture grading and have a colour-calibrated monitor. On-site editing is also available.

Event coverage of conferences, seminars and meetings for business clients. Services available include the production of video openers and stings as well as autocue and editing either on-site or after the event.

High-end video production is our speciality. Check our website for more info: www.splcomms.uk

High-end Sony 4K kit with operator complete with sound and lights available on competitive daily/weekly rates.

Ian has a great deal of experience directing TV commercials and programming in the UK and abroad. He's available with or without assistant.

Writing service for corporate and sales videos, websites and brochures.