Founder / Managing Director / Designer

Mark Kelsall

Mark started out in his back garden planning all year for his yearly display as a hobbyist. In 1999 Mark accomplished his dream and formed Pyrotex Fireworxs after gaining experience in his early years with other companies and learning how things worked in the trade.

Now with over 35 years in the industry, Mark’s unique designs, passion and technical abilities have taken Pyrotex globally, winning numerous awards over the years and making Pyrotex the most awarded firework display company in the UK!

Mark is always looking at contemporary and imaginative ways to design a new experience for his audiences and give them a firework masterpiece that they will never forget.

Q&A With Mark

I have loved fireworks from a young age, especially doing my own displays in my parents back garden. I then started working for a firework company when I was 16 as a firer. I loved it so much I decided to set up my own fireworks business in 1999 and ive never looked back since.

I work full time at Pyrotex Fireworx. But on the odd occasion I do get a day off from the business, I like spending time with my faimily and entertaining friends in the garden with a BBQ, beers and a good old firework selection box 🙂

The strangest thing I’ve ever done was while the Pyrotex Team and I were in Vietnam in 2017, we went out to the local bar for a few drinks with the Australia and Italian Team the night before the Final Competition Displays. The Australian team got the three Team leaders together and wished both the teams good luck and introduced us all to the Shoey. A Shoey for those who don’t know is an Australian tradition of drinking from a shoe as a bringer of good fortune.

It’s got to be PIPC 2016. It was our first experience of firing an international competition display in the Philippines and it was the largest display we had done as a company. While over there, we met some great people and made lots of new friends too! We also ended up winning the competition which was truly magical.

Wonderful of course 🙂 fireworks have given me many great opportunities to travel the world and showcase what Pyrotex can do as a company. I have also met some fantastic people on the way and made some great lifelong friends too. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I am always the first one on site in the morning and the last one to leave at night. I always work hard and manage the team around me to get the most production out of each day on site. I also know that there is an ice cold bucket of San Miguel Light waiting for me at the local bar at the end of the day to keep me going when things get tough!