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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.


London 2012 has just published new event BS 8901 guidelines to ensure that its corporate and public events are organised and run in a sustainable way. Here’s the link

The key paragraphs are on pages 3 and 4.

Page 3 “ These guidelines have been developed primarily for our internal event organisers and those contracted or otherwise closely involved in delivering London 2012 corporate and public events: eg venue managers, suppliers, licensees, commercial partners and media organisations.

The types of events that these Guidelines are intended for include:

·         Conferences and seminars

·         Workshops

·         Road shows

·         Cultural events

·         Promotional launches

·         Open days”

Page 4 “ We expect the companies and organisations we work with to follow this process with us, to have in place a sustainability policy, to comply with all applicable legal requirements AND AT LEAST BE WORKING TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION OF BS 8901 IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.”

Why am I bringing this to your attention? Well it’s useful to know in preparation for the Olympics, I’d expect a lot of marquee hire companies in the London area to be heavily involved so it’s something to look into as soon as possible.

For those interested in attending a BS 8901 workshop please contact our friends at TESA.

Back to my favourite subject – us 🙂

We’re putting up a show marquee up on Tuesday 31st March as long as the weather’s not too bad (like my golf I’m now a fair weather only marquee erector!). We’ll be putting up a 6m x 12m DIY Marquee in the morning then carpetting, lining and lighting it in the afternoon. If anyone wants to come along and witness my creaking bones in action you’re more than welcome (please phone beforehand to book your place in the bandstand). I’m not sure experienced people will learn much other than a few alternative swear words as my back celebrates it’s return to manual labour for the day!

The marquee will be up for the whole of April so if anyone wants to view before buying please make an appointment (it’s 10-15mins away from our factory).

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

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