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Arena Group Saddles Up with The Jockey Club

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract with The Jockey Club, to supply temporary event infrastructure to a number of the UK’s most esteemed racecourses, October 2016.

Building on a relationship dating back over 26 years with The Jockey Club, Arena Group has been awarded a three year contract to supply Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket racecourses with temporary structures, interior design , furniture and tableware, spectator seating and scaffolding to the most notable dates in the equestrian calendar.

Ian Sidgwick, Group Purchasing Director, The Jockey Club, said: “Arena Group has worked closely with Jockey Club Racecourses over several years, advising on and delivering temporary environments.  They support us in continuously raising the bar with new ideas to get the best value from our budgets, with flexibility to change their infrastructure to best suit our needs. I’m confident they will continue to help us exceed the hospitality expectations of both our brand sponsors and event guests alike.”

The contract provides additional scope and  comes after a record year including Arena Structures installing the largest triple deck hospitality temporary structure in the world totalling 125m long and spanning 12,400sqm, along the home straight at The Festival – Jump Racing’s equivalent of the Olympics, staged at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Arena Group also proved pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of this year’s Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, with the installation of more than 7,750sqm of temporary structures complete with bespoke interior fit out, and more than 5,000 tiered grandstand seats offering prime visibility for the revered racing. Arena Group will be the exclusive provider at this event.

Grahame Muir, CEO Arena UK & Europe commented: “We are delighted to announce the further extension of our already excellent relationship with Jockey Club racecourses over the next three years. At Arena Group we pride ourselves with delivering temporary infrastructure of the highest standard to the most prestigious sporting venues and events in the UK, and this contract win is testament to the value, forward-thinking innovation and expertise we bring to clients. We look forward to further pushing the boundaries of customer experience with improved facilities, technology and bespoke design.”

 

Cheltenham Festival 2016

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Cheltenham Festival has grown to attract 250,000 visitors to the four day highlight of the jump racing calendar, with £4.1 million prize money contested across 28 races culminating in the Gold Cup. Arena Group supported Cheltenham Racecourse, a Jockey Club Racecourse, with the expansion of facilities to accommodate the increase in hospitality tickets.

The 125m long triple decker was the largest ever installed alongside the home-straight, including the 55m Arcus Long Run facility with cantilever balcony. This venue hosted hosting a range of bespoke private suites along with Silks and Chez Rous restaurants, for clients and guests of The Jockey Club, Needham and Needham’s, Keith Prowse, Front Runners. The structure incorporated full kitchen, bathroom and rear access facilities on all levels, along with Tote betting booths, phone charge points and cash machines.

The new two storey Guinness Pavilion combined a public bar with a VIP hospitality area overlooking the famous Guinness village, which incorporated a 756 capacity tiered clearview™ seating grandstand in the upper level to give great views over the finish line. Also facing the course on the ground level was an exclusive VIP hospitality sponsors’ suite for Betway, complete with Arena Deck viewing platform and tiered standings.

Spaceworks, Arena Group’s furniture hire specialists, provided a wide range of furniture across 22 areas of the Cheltenham Festival site, including The Jockey Club Chalet, Final Fence Restaurant and the Chez Roux Boxes. The array of furniture supplied from the company’s extensive inventory, included Bravo dining tables, white Olympus chairs and Chesterfield sofas.

 

 

Arena Group Takes Centre Stage at The Brit Awards

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Arena Group provided extensive temporary structures, tableware and furniture for this year’s star-studded BRIT Awards in association with MasterCard, which took place at London’s O2 on the 24th February.

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The 2016 ceremony marked the 36th edition of The BRIT Awards, one of the music industry’s most prestigious events, and witnessed performances from Adele, Coldplay, James Bay and Jess Glynne. Arena Structures was called upon to supply a variety of temporary structures including the dining structure which is then transformed into the after party area , catering area and production offices. Arena Structures installed two 5m x 15m tents and one 3m x 15m tent to create a horseshoe shaped kitchen and catering area, which was positioned outside of the O2 dome.

Two 10m x 20m tents were also supplied by Arena Structures to create the main production office and the BRITS TV office, which included an Ogle Hog live video editing suite. The VIP and sponsors dining/afterparty area was created using a 40m x 35m TFS, which was constructed inside the O2 dome, to create a venue within a venue.

Arena Group’s Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables division supplied a total of 2,600 covers of crockery, cutlery, glassware and furniture within the main arena and the VIP marquee.

Dan Bluff Arena Structures project manager, commented: “We work with the O2 on a number of different events, including the ATP World Tour, which means we’re familiar with the space available and the working practices within the venue. This allowed us to successfully construct a number of temporary structures within the venue, including a temporary VIP

party area, which enabled organisers to host pre and post celebrations on-site. We’re delighted to be able to build on our longstanding relationship with The BRITS and to once again be involved with this brilliant event.”

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables managing director, Christopher Piggott, commented: “The BRITS is always such a spectacular show to be part of and we’re proud to have once again been involved. We supplied a range of our tableware and furniture to ensure the main arena and VIP marquee were dressed seamlessly to reflect the glamour and the elegance of this event.”

Arena Group delivers PGA BMW Championship Infrastructure

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Arena Group supported the PGA in creating incredible spectator experiences by delivering temporary structures with stunning interior design, grandstand seating with great views and event structures for the PGA BMW Championship at golf’s prestigious Wentworth Club, May 21st – 24th, 2015.

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Grahame Muir, CEO of Arena Group UK and Europe comments: “This year the PGA BMW Championships introduced innovations centred around giving players and visitors a memorable experience through creating the highest standard of facilities. We enjoy an ongoing relationship with the team at the PGA, sharing their vision to create temporary facilities of the highest standard.

 

“We also contributed to the PGA European Tour Green Drive alongside Green Element to achieve the highest levels of sustainability ever at this event.”

Within the 7,000 sqm of event structures was a bespoke 2,600 sq metre BMW Drivers’ Lounge, produced for the first time by Arena as part of a new four year contract with TRO agency. Exclusively available for BMW drivers the two storey facility featured a slate walled garden and a glass fronted atrium, with interior design and finish befitting the ‘exclusive’ ambience TRO specify in line with BMW’s brand aspirations.

 

Additional structures included the newly appointed prestigious double decker hospitality structure, linked by a bespoke bridge to the clearview™ grandstand wrapped around the 18th green, a Moet & Chandon Bar & Brasserie and a selection of exhibition structures and officials offices within the public village, including a giant scoreboard. Elsewhere the Welcome Pavilion, double decker Players Lounge, Media Centre and Sky Lounge on the 14th hole were notable features among the multiple facilities installed around the course under the project management of Arena Structures’ Mark Shelley.

 

All of the course grandstands were Arena Seating’s clearview™ system, offering comfort and unparalleled views of the course, with Dave Withey, Arena UK & Europe sales and marketing director, managing their design and installation, he states: “The tiered seating around the 18th green was capacity grandstand installed at the BMW Championships, with 2,222 clearview™ seats and 228 clearview™ padded seats for VIP’s. We were attentive to the level of finish with carpeting and branded step risers, which along with the BMW themed wrap created a stunning vista surrounding the 18th green.

 

“Elsewhere on the course we installed tiered clearview™ systems on the first tee (288 capacity), along with the 14th green / 15th tee and 7th green (both 171 capacity).”

 

Spaceworks Furniture Hire also invested in new ranges to complement the unique interior designs on the 18th hole hospitality. Sales and marketing director Kelly Baker says: “We introduced several new ranges to assist the client achieving the interior finish they desired. Our new grey Atlanta modular sofa’s allowed us to be flexible with the configuration, along with a new range of blue and white Limes chairs, and the Web chair and stools. We bespoke made our Aurora stools in a bespoke ‘BMW blue’ seat and manufactured some tables with BMW coloured blue tops.”

 

 

 

Well Dressed Tables announces strategic partnership with PKL Group

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Well Dressed Tables has entered a new strategic partnership with PKL Group, with each company now providing clients an expanded portfolio of temporary kitchens, catering equipment and event catering infrastructure. July 2014.

 

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As the specialist tableware division to Arena Group, Well Dressed Tables supplies crockery, cutlery, glassware, furniture and linen to some of the world’s most elegant and exclusive events. PKL Group is the UK’s leading provider of outsourced catering infrastructure and temporary kitchens around the world.

Caterers can now benefit from the combined expertise, products and services, to optimise catering options for any size of event.

Chris Piggott, Managing Director of Well Dressed Tables said: “Both companies have decades of experience and the new arrangement gives clients access to comprehensive range of products, faster service and one point of contact whatever their needs.

“As part of Arena Group we can now provide every element from temporary structures, modular kitchens and catering equipment, to the finishing touches on the table with high quality crockery, cutlery, and glassware.”

Lee Vines, Director at PKL said: “The event sector is an important business channel for PKL Group and both PKL and Well Dressed Tables have many years’ experience in this sector. We are pleased to be working in partnership with WDT to offer customers a one stop solution for a wide range of event catering services, as well as being able to draw on each other’s experience of supplying event catering infrastructure for many years.”

PKL Group and Well Dressed Tables will be providing their clients access to each other’s range of products with further details available on their websites www.welldressedtables.co.uk and www.pkl.co.uk.

Cecilia Lavin joins Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables has strengthened their team with the appointment of Cecilia Lavin as sales manager.

Cecilia is responsible for managing new sales and accounts with a focus on contract catering units, expanding the companies’ capacity to listen to clients and help improve their events by delivering best value and introduce new products to their events.

Cecilia has extensive knowledge and experience ranging from events management, venues and catering. She is actively engaged in the events industry, holding a board position within ISES UK as VP membership. Her background has given her the skills and knowledge required to deliver the high expectations of quality and service at Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables.

Kelly Baker, sales and marketing director at Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables, said: “We’re focused on continuing to improve the services we offer and it’s great to welcome Cecilia. Her track record of growing sales, industry knowledge and contacts, combined with her passion for events, will be a great addition to our expanding team.”

 

 

Top Safety Accreditation for Well Dressed Tables & Spaceworks Furniture Hire

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks Furniture Hire is one of the latest groups of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The UK-based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing 60 plus people, Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks Furniture Hire is principally involved in the major events industry.

Specialising in the hospitality and events industries, Well Dressed Tables most recent clients have included major players such as Table Talk, The Recipe, IMG, British Racing Drivers Club, Goodwood, Aintree, to name a few.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com

Improved online ordering system launched

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Spaceworks Furniture Hire Ltd. and its sister company Well Dressed Tables Ltd. have recently made improvements to their online quotation system to reflect both companies’ commitment to providing outstanding customer service.

No two events and their venues are the same. With this in mind customers are now able to specify more details about when and where their event is taking place, and also request delivery and collection times to suit their requirements.

At the point a customer’s quote requirements are submitted, the companies aim to provide a fully-priced quotation within 3 working hours.

New depot opening April 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We are proud to announce the opening of our new depot in Membury, Berkshire in April 2011.

The complete range of Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables products will be available with local delivery rates.

WDT and SFH Supply “Biggest Ever” Event Awards

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks Furniture Hire were the official furniture and tableware suppliers for the 2010 Event Awards, hosted by Event Magazine. The Awards took place September 24th at the Camden Roundhouse and with over 600 guests turned out to be the “biggest ever” Event Awards to date.

Well Dressed Tables worked closely with Moving Venue Caterers to be sure the cutlery, crockery and glassware complimented the evening’s menu; a trio of lamb for the main course and an orange and almond cake for dessert.

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables, as part of the Arena Group, were finalists in the Event Supplier of the Year category. Spaceworks’ sponsored event, One Young World, took home the award for Best Conference and our close friends and client, The Recipe, won Caterer of the Year.