The Competitors 2019

british firework championships 2019

Six of the UK’s leading pyrotechnic companies will be heading to Plymouth this August in a bid to become the country’s  number one firework display company.

Over two nights, Wednesday 14 & Thursday15 August, they will each aim to wow a panel of expert judges and the huge crowds that gather on Plymouth Hoe and surrounding viewing points with a ten-minute display in the hope of being crowned Champion.

The Teams

  • 1st Galaxy Fireworks
  • Selstar Fireworks from West Sussex
  • Illusion Fireworks from Oxfordshire
  • Aurora Fireworks from West Sussex
  • Phoenix Fireworks from Kent
  • Nemisis Pyrotechnics from Cheshire

The draw for firing order is released nearer to the event.

The displays start at 9.30pm on each night and there is a fairground and catering outlets available on the Hoe.

Team Profiles


From its birth in 1985 by a family of Pyro Addicts 1st Galaxy Fireworks has become one of the UK's well-known firework specialists. Officially the company started in 1995 and is extremely proud to be celebrating 25 years in business this year. From our humble yet very enthusiastic beginnings all those years ago the team have matured into a fabulous collection of experts all eager to please.

The company has delivered literally thousands of displays to many millions of spectators and has a long list of satisfied customers. We have a simple aim to deliver the best fireworks and firework displays at the best possible price. We don't skimp on quality for the sake of profit; our fulfilment comes from the happiness of our clients.

In recent years the company regularly deliver around 250 to 300 shows per year all over the UK and abroad, we also run 4 firework outlets in the east midlands and have a thriving mail order business sending out firework packs to customers all over the UK… The company supplies top brands such as Jorge Fireworks from Poland, Vulcan Fireworks from Hong Kong and Pyromagia from Italy.

Sherwood, Nottinghamshire
Contact: Lee Smith
Tel: 0115 8559000 or 07807 777788
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Illusion Fireworks are Oxfordshire’s largest and most prestigious firework company. Show designer and ambitious owner Karl set up Illusion in 2014 and with the help of a team of passionate pyromaniacs (the Illusion family) pride themselves on delivering bespoke professional firework displays with a ‘Style, Rhythm & Scale’ like no other! Using the best fireworks cherry picked from manufacturers the world over, the team’s unique approach to displays saw Illusion Fireworks proudly become both the British Firework Champions and the British Musical Firework Champions in 2018. The team work hard all year round to Fill the Sky with Magic at events across the UK for clients like Kellogg’s, Chelsea FC and the Royal Family. We are extremely excited to be returning for this year’s Champion of Champions event in the hope of defending our title as the current British Firework Champions!

Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Contact: Karl Mitchell-Shead
Tel: 01491 825809 or 07972 034629
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Selstar Fireworks Ltd are proud to be competing in The British Fireworks Champions of Champions for the 2nd time and are extremely excited to be putting on a display for the thousands of spectators. Having started over 25 years ago the company has developed a high level in creativity and professionalism enabling us to create unique firework displays for each individual client. Having one of the most advanced firing systems in the world and state of the art equipment enables us to deliver a wide variety of displays whilst keeping our excellent safety record. Our aim is to entertain you using a vast selection of effects and products sourced from around the world fired with rhythm and patterns to bring the sky to life. The team looks forward to seeing everyone there for two days of amazing displays.

Chichester, West Sussex
Contact: Stephen Harriott
Tel: 01243 606777 or 07881 652474
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Aurora Fireworks based in Wisborough Green, West Sussex was established in 1996. Over 20 years later the business is still family run, by the original owner Robert Byles with his wife Paula and two sons Jason and Stephen.Performing around 100 displays per year, Aurora have had the privilege of exhibiting their displays all over the EU to wide variety of prestige clients and venues. These include the Miller Group, Goodwood House, and numerous music artists. Once again Aurora will be working with their manufacturers in China, Sunsong Fireworks whom they have worked with on product design since 1999 to create some stunning effects. With safety in mind Aurora will be using the Pyrosure, Evolved and SSI system for efficient and safe firing. In conjunction with Plymouth’s goals of becoming a plastic free city, Aurora will be looking to drastically decrease their plastic usage and are taking steps to ensure that any plastics will not contaminate the local environment. The Aurora team were thrilled with their first ever competition result back in 2016, so to be asked to compete again is an absolute honour and we are looking forward to dazzling the Plymouth crowd once again.

Wisborough Green, West Sussex
Contact: Robert Byles
Tel: 01403 701991 or 07787 526634
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Phoenix Fireworks was established in 1972, born out of Joseph Wells & Sons by Ian Craig, it now has three bases across England enabling country wide coverage for displays. Phoenix were instrumental in organising the first outdoor musical concert with fireworks in conjunction with English Heritage at the Kenwood Bowl and is a founding member of the British Pyrotechnists’ Association (BPA). The company was acquired by Martin Coffin, who has been in the industry for over 30 years. Representing the industry Martin has sat on various firework legislation committees as well as being a past Chairman of the BPA. In 2019, Phoenix acquired Kimbolton Fireworks and will continue supplying the Famous Kimbolton Fireworks brand. Kimbolton Fireworks are synonymous with high quality, a tradition that will continue under the new ownership.

Phoenix have been previous winners of both the British Firework Championships and the British Musical Firework Championships. Phoenix have travelled the length and breadth of the UK doing displays; from Inverness to Cardiff, from Ireland to Scarborough and from Norway to India to UAE. Some notable displays that Phoenix have executed include London Eye New Year’s Eve display, the 10th anniversary party for Westfield London, EE’s 5G launch party on the Thames and the Malta International Fireworks Festival.

Phoenix have a young and dynamic team who have the ambition and drive to push the frontiers of fireworks forward and come up with new exciting ideas for displays to impress the audience. They continue to deliver truly outstanding and innovative displays, which has been a core principal of Phoenix since it’s inception.

Sevenoaks, Kent
Contact: Will DeFries
Tel: 01732 822788 or 07572 473282
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Nemisis is an extremely progressive and imaginative display company with 20 years’ experience in the professional firework display industry. We have a reputation of being at the forefront of show design and production, with flair, ingenuity and originality, creating pyrotechnic spectaculars that befit the occasion, venue and the brief, in a professional and safe manner.

We now have display teams based in Cheshire, Cumbria, Edinburgh, East Anglia, Sussex and Northern Ireland, and operate throughout the UK and Ireland, all teams are fully trained and conversant with relevant health & safety law and regulation. We are now capable of firing up to eight large-scale displays on any one date at various locations.

Nemisis performs displays for all types of occasions from private parties, weddings, through to concerts, proms, carnivals, festivals and corporate launches. We have created and fired displays from every type of location and venue including parks, sports grounds, roof and cliff tops, sea and river barges, coastal displays and castles, for all types of clients.

Nemisis has performed for the rich and famous, the not so rich and not so famous, councils and budgets large and small. All have one thing in common; we promise to create a spectacular show that is safe and memorable for all the right reasons.
We have fired displays for; Northwest 200 Motor Bike Race, Ireland’s largest sporting event (with over 100,000 spectators), BBC Proms in the Park and for many prestigious castles and stately homes.

Safety is our primary concern. All shows are fully risk-assessed and completed assessment reports are provided to all concerned parties. Each Nemisis display is covered by comprehensive public and product liability insurance. All teams are fully-trained display operators and have a team leader who will have fired a minimum of 300 shows.

Winsford, Cheshire
Contact: Steve Cleaver
Tel: 01270 780968 or 07523 166735
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