Our history dates back to 1761, when Sir Richard Edgington started a company to manufacture and sell tents, flags, ship ropes, and decorations for public events
Fast forward to 2000, under the ownership of Condover, the business becomes the premier temporary seating and structures business in the UK
Greg Lawless and Dermott Divilly buy Arena Structures and Arena Seating to form Arena Group
Growth continues with the company’s first overseas base following a 45 % investment in Harlequin Marquees in Dubai, UAE
We complete the acquisition of the remaining 55% of Harlequin in Dubai
February – MML Partners and Sports Investment Partners (SIP) take a significant stake in the Group, injecting additional equity to feed future growth. This investment provides the Group with the necessary financial resources to deliver over £30 million of products and services for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games
June – We provide seating, temporary structures, and furniture for multiple events during the London Summer Olympics
April – We acquire Karl’s Events based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the Group’s first step in the USA
May – Soon after, we acquire Malaysia based tenting manufacturer, Asia Tents – the Group’s first permanent base in Asia
August – We acquire 51% of Ironmonger Marquees in Hong Kong – establishing our first depot in Hong Kong
2016 – We expand into scaffolding with the acquisition of RIM Scaffolding in the UK – a premier provider of event scaffolding in the UK and Asia
April – We further develop our seating and mass participation capabilities with the acquisition of Wernick Events
July – A landmark for the Group, we IPO on AIM on the London Stock Exchange, raising £60 million for future growth and expansion
February – We expand our furniture offering in the UK with the acquisition of GLD Productions Ltd
April – The Group announces its first Full Year results as a listed company, reporting £109.6 million revenue, and £10.6 million Adjusted EBITDA.
May – The UK division adds temporary cold rooms to its offering with the acquisition of Ice House Rentals Ltd
June – We expand into fencing and barriers with the acquisition of Events Solution Ltd in the UK
August – The Group raises £20 million through its first share Placing, since its IPO in July 2017, to fund acquisitions
September – We gain our first base on the US West Coast with the acquisition of California-based event rental company Stuart Rentals
October – The Middle East division adds exhibition services to its capabilities with the acquisition of Dubai-based company TGP.
December – We add temporary bar hire to our ever-expanding list of products & services with the acquisition of Bash Bars in the UK.
January – We announce that we have won a Tokyo Olympics 2020 seating contract and a temporary hospitality structure contract for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo
March – We welcome a new UK CEO, Chris Morris, and UK Finance Director, Andrew Lawson, to the team