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Cecilia Lavin joins Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

April 15th, 2014

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

Cecilia Lavin, sales manager, Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

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.”

Fine dining at the iconic Olympic Velodrome

April 2nd, 2014

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables supported caterers The Recipe, at the first major event in the Velodrome since the London Olympic Games, March 2014.

 

Revolution Series - credit Luke Webber (1) The finalé of Britain’s top track cycling competition ‘The Revolution Series’ opened the Lee Valley VeloPark, as 15,000 cycling fans enjoyed a thrilling weekend of races, featuring a number of Team GB medal winners from London 2012.

 

Event organisers Face Partnership entrusted Ed Watts, event manager at the The Recipe, to create a premium hospitality experience for sponsors and their guests. Led by project manager Jason Preston, the Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables team supplied an extensive range of furniture and high quality cutlery, crockery and glassware for the kitchen, meeting rooms, VIP spectator areas and centre of the track.

 

The centre of the track was creatively adapted into a versatile event space, hosting a media centre during the race, before being transformed into a post-race dinner party for sponsors and their guests. A premium experience was required for the unique dining location and this was created with black padded seats, stylish Lubiana plates, contemporary Messina cutlery and elegant Cuvee glassware.

Revolution Series - credit Luke Webber (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project manager Jason Preston said: “A dedicated team was deployed to the site for the duration of the event across the weekend, to ensure smooth installation, reconfiguration of the event spaces, replacement of fresh catering equipment for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings and de-rig.

 

“It’s not every day we create fine dining experiences inside world class sporting venues like this, but it was a spectacular setting for the event. Access to the venue was extremely restricted because the road leading into the venue wasn’t finished. We positioned the delivery vehicles on the outdoor cycling track and our team carried the equipment over 200metres into the building. In line with our environmental policy we utilised drip trays under our delivery vehicles in order to protect the surface of the track”.

 

*All images courtesy of Luke Webber.

Hospitality at Cheltenham

March 19th, 2014

Arena Group supplied Cheltenham Festival’s largest triple decker hospitality structure, marking the first project of its new four year contract with the Jockey Club Racecourses.

Arena Group designed and installed a premier 9,225 m² hospitality venue with a 170m triple deck suite spanning the length of the home straight. Corporate clients enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere across the four day festival, the first major event in this year’s UK equestrian calendar.  An aesthetically pleasing glass-fronted facade with 2m glass panelled verandas positioned VIPs and their guests exhilaratingly close to the action, with great views along the final furlong to the finish line.

Arena Structures’ senior project manager David Moynes introduced a number of innovations with the use of two adjoining Arcus triple deck structures creating the 20m x 105m and 15m x 65m facility. These included three large restaurants, bespoke private suites, in-house kitchens, Tote betting stations, ablutions and reception areas. Free wi-fi coverage was provided through-out, with high quality carpets or hardboard decking and bespoke ceiling linings completing the top to bottom design-led finish.

The brand new Arena Fit System*, partitioned the vast spaces into specified areas within the triple decker, enhancing the feel of a permanent high quality structure with walls incorporating built in screens, air-conditioning, lighting and fixtures.

Sister companies Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks completed the pristine interior. David Nicholas project managed the full interior fit out with extensive furniture to create a unique and elegant dining experience within each of the restaurants.

Four days of racing culminated with the horse Lord Windermere winning a thrilling Gold Cup, edging ‘On His Own’ in an exciting photo finish.

Grahame Muir, CEO of Arena Group UK and Europe said:

“We’re proud to create the most ambitious hospitality offering in Cheltenham’s history, on what was our first major outdoor event of 2014. This facility is an important element of the organisers offering to racing fans and is woven into the tradition and economy of the festival.

“We recognise our responsibility to improve the facilities Cheltenham Festival offers year on year, so have incorporated the latest in structures technology with interior design trends. The increased hospitality sales at this year’s festival reflects the trust business’s place in the experience we continue to offer, and as the first event in the season hopefully is an indication that we will witness an economic upturn in the sector as the season progresses.

“Despite one of worst winters on record the team worked tirelessly through terrible weather to deliver the project on time, safely.”

At the Brits and we’re dancing on the tables!

February 28th, 2014

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image courtesy of Andrew Timms

Brit Awards 2014 VIP guests dined with Well Dressed Tables accoutrements, on Spaceworks’ furniture, enjoying pre-show hospitality and the after show party in an Arena Structures’ temporary venue within London’s O2 Arena, Feb 19th .

David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Beyoncé may have grabbed the headlines, but behind the scenes Arena Group was one of the team of suppliers contributing to a production worthy of its own awards.

Sister companies Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks David Nicholas project managed the delivery of over 40,000 items of furniture and catering equipment ranging from the Champagne flutes and wine glasses to the white waiters gloves and water jugs for the more sober audience members. The main O2 Arena was transformed into a luxurious dining area for 1,500 VIP guests, with a further 980 VIP’s enjoying their pre-show meal in the temporary party venue. When these guests joined the show, David and his team cleared the room, resetting it for the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed after party. True to pop star party form, electronic dance stars Rudimental tested the Spaceworks tables’ strength to the max – with an impromptu celebratory tabletop dance. David, having completed his 8th Brit Awards, comments:

“Timings were planned very precisely, then on the day we collaborated with the O2 and Payne & Gunter teams seamlessly to deliver a spectacular event.”

Arena Structures has installed the temporary party venue within the O2 Arena since the Brits tenancy began there four years ago, augmenting the O2’s facilities to accommodate this gargantuan production. Project manager Dan Bluff’s experience underpinned the efficient delivery of the 40m x 60m TFS party venue for pre and after-show hospitality, along with a 20m x 25m media centre to host the large contingent of international journalists covering the Brits.

Black Velvet Ball 2014

February 3rd, 2014

We were once again delighted to support Off To Work at the London Irish Centre with this year’s Black Velvet Ball. We supplied a range of crockery, cutlery and glassware that perfectly complimented the table settings and when we saw the dessert, our mouths just watered…..

 

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Mini Woks

January 23rd, 2014

Check out our mini woks in action. For our full range of items in our mini meals collection, click here.

 

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An evening of Mystical Mayhem at the Royal Horticultural Halls

January 23rd, 2014

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables supported the Royal Horticultural Halls, creating a bespoke interior setting at the venue showcase event in London.

 

As the venue’s preferred supplier for furniture, the interiors specialists helped to create a memorable experience for guests within the stunning backdrop of the iconic Lindley Hall.  The event’s central theme of mystical mayhem ensued, as the evening’s entertainment included an array of magical tricks, aerial trapeze artists, manicurists, card tricks, indulgent street food canapés and cocktails. 

Spaceworks was required to capture the theme of the showcase in line with the organiser’s ambitions to emphasise the flexibility of the venue and the diverse range of events it can cater for.  A neutral colour scheme was implemented to emphasise the venues in-house lighting capabilities, which was a key element of the evening’s entertainment. 

 

Kelly Baker, sales director at Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables, said:  “The Chesterfield range of sofas and armchairs are a perfect combination of comfort and style; we used these alongside white and black bubble footstools, white poseur tables and white button stools. 

 

“In line with the event’s theme we supplemented these classic ranges with an unusual finishing touch. LED furniture is one of the upcoming trends in 2014 and we installed a bar with pink LED lights that took centre stage at the showcase.

“Well Dressed Tables supported the event caterer Richmond with crockery, cutlery and glassware that best complemented its creative street food themed menu. They required funky and versatile products to serve up drinks, desserts and appetisers; this included the new Winged bowlsand Cubix glassware range.”

 

Natalie Searle, marketing and projects manager at Royal Horticultural Halls, said:  “Spaceworks helped capture the atmosphere perfectly and Kelly was instrumental in delivering such a successful showcase of the venue. From initial meetings it was clear that Kelly was able to visualise our ambitions. She worked closely with us to choose a colour scheme and she suggested furniture that best suited our theme and budget.  The smooth installation and collection of furniture at the event was commendable.

Christmas Opening Hours

December 20th, 2013

Please note our offices will be closed from 1pm Tuesday 24th December and will re-open Monday 6th January at 8am.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Festive Season Coloured Charger Plates

October 30th, 2013

With the Festive Season just around the corner, we’ve launched our new coloured glass braided canape and charger plates…..all in festive colours!

 

To see our other colours click here.

KELLY BAKER APPOINTED PRESIDENT ELECT OF NEW BOARD FOR ISES UK

September 3rd, 2013

Kelly Baker, sales and marketing director of Arena Group’s furniture and tableware companies Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables, has been announced as President Elect of ISES UK, July 2013.

The International Special Events Society (ISES) is the leading creative association for event professionals and the new UK board members will oversee the continuing implementation of the association’s new brand strategy, and engage with the wider creative sector and key universities to bring diversified speakers and educational content to its growing membership.

Kelly said:  “I am delighted to be appointed this year’s President Elect of ISES UK and am looking forward to working alongside the other board members.  During my work with the Arena Group I have harboured skills and experience that will be utilized effectively within my duties.

“It’s very important to me to be involved with ISES UK as the society is all about harnessing the broad spectrum of talent across the events community, pulling together some incredibly creative minds in the industry to pioneer new standards and decisions”.

On the 1st July 2014 Kelly will move into the Presidents role, currently held by Jane Hague, Head of Corporate Account Development at ExCeL.