Tents and Events is delighted to be celebrating 20 years in the marquee industry. The business originally started with an Argyll Depot, based in Dunoon, where we still have a staff of 4 full-time marquee riggers (some of whom have been with us for over 12 years) and our admin team. Four years ago we introduced a Glasgow Depot which also has a team of full-time staff, with seasonal staff augmenting both teams during the summer months.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
We started in April 1998 with one 9m x 15m (135 sq.m.) marquee and whilst the white PVC has been replaced several times the frame is still in use today and looking good. Indeed, we have never had to renew any of our frames due to wear and tear as we have always had a first class product from both Hoecker UK and Röder HTS Höcker.
Fast forward 20 years and in April 2018 we now have over 3500 sq.m. of marquees of various sizes together with all the ancillary services expected in the modern marquee world.
Our vehicle fleet has grown with us and from starting out in 1998 with an Izuzu 4 x 4 plus a trailer. We now have 5 trucks and 4 vans ranging from 3.5T to 26T and are regularly travelling over 150,000 miles a year.
Covering Scotland with marquees
We have had the pleasure of working at some stunning locations, with island work holding a special place in our memory banks. We have worked with the Tiree Agricultural Show every year since 1999 and that is a regular favourite with the staff. We have some tremendous memories of island weddings on Jura, Islay, Mull and Skye when we can take time to enjoy the surroundings and slower pace of island life during the down time.
It’s been a delight to have worked with some of our regular long term clients for over 15 years such as Tiree together with The Scottish Game Fair, Glenfinnan House Hotel, Cowal Highland Gathering, Wigtown Book Festival, Royal Highland Show, Rare Management and Piping Live.
We have been involved with a wide range of diverse events with some of the highlights being…
Our corporate clients have been varied and include many well known companies such as RBS, Talisker Whisky, SSE Hydro, South Ayrshire Council, Loch Lomond Golf Club, Marcus Evans Group, to name but a few.
Corporate events have offered some challenges over the years such as installing a marquee on Largs Pier for its official opening, on HMS Somerset for a homecoming ceremony, and transforming a huge bonded warehouse into a fabulous function area for a 50th anniversary party for William Grant & Sons. Every challenge brings a memory to be reflected on as we reach our anniversary milestone.
Having formed close relationships with a range of events, we enjoy working on an annual basis with Cowal Highland Gathering, Mountain Bike World Cup, Piping Live!, Kip Marina, Loch Fyne Oysters, Oban Live and are delighted to have been involved with the Scottish National Bowling Championships on several occasions, the World Gymnastic Championships and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Although weddings are often seen as “one offs”, we have had the privilege of doing multiple family wedding marquees for some key clients and it is always a pleasure to be involved in a return visit to assist with another family wedding. It is also flattering to be approached to provide a wedding marquee on the personal recommendation of previous clients and we appreciate each and every kind comment.
Party marquees have given us some of the most memorable events over the last 20 years. We have been involved with some spectacular transformations of marquees to party venues with themes ranging from a Beach Party which included real sand throughout the interior, a Masquerade Ball, Wild West and James Bond 007 themes.
We’ve also helped provide some classy parties and Bar Mitzvahs featuring special effects which has allowed us to work with some of the best suppliers in Scotland – where we all work together to pull off some magnificent events. Each time we feature photos of these special parties, enquiry levels rise from others looking to re-enact something similar!
This is an area which has evolved through solving logistical issues for clients and has the most eclectic mix of all the areas in which we work. We have provided car valet areas for Audi Glasgow and Peter Vardy in Dundee; packing lines for Arran Aromatics during winter months; shelter for animals and their feed in Kintyre during unprecedented snow; shelters to allow for forensic examination of a crashed aircraft in Argyll and sunken Tug in Glasgow; smoking shelters for Gala Bingo and a temporary walkway during refurbishment of Queen’s Street Station in Glasgow.
Film and TV event support
Since we offer a “one stop shop” to the Film and TV industry we have been honoured to be asked to support some great film/TV work over the years. Some of the most memorable would be Warner Bros. for the Harry Potter films, Greyfriars Bobby, VT clip for the London Olympics, Sunset & Vine and currently Outlander which is attracting great interest from audiences around the world.
Thanks and appreciation are due to…
- Our many wonderful clients both past and present
- Suppliers who have become friends
- A magnificent and loyal team of staff – both past and present
20 years of Tents and Events in photos
The slideshow below will scroll automatically. Please click/tap the arrows to scroll left and right. We hope you enjoy our snapshot of photos of Tents and Events over the last 20 years as we look forward to the next 20 years…