We hope you have been keeping safe and well over these past few months.
There sure are some more tough times ahead for all of us but we wanted to let you know that we’re here to help if there is anything you need. Well Dressed Tables is open for business should you have any hire requirements and we are delivering and collecting COVID19 safely. This month our dish and glass washers have undergone a COVID19 service check and we’re delighted to have our certificate of cleanliness & hygiene from Winterhalter UK.
Our teams, whilst reduced at present have gone through COVID19 safety training and we have taken the required steps following government guidelines to ensure our staff and you are safe and that we are able to deliver at the same level of exceptional service, very safely.
Please take a look at some of our emergency services which you may find helpful during this time here as well as a breakdown of all of the products and services we have available to you here. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can help with.
Well Dressed Tables are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Festival Supplier Awards 2020. We have been shortlisted in the Best backstage / VIP Supplier award category, for our work on Reading, Leeds, Latitude and Wireless Festivals.
The Festival Supplier Awards are now in their sixth year and were developed to recognise, reward and promote best practise in the outdoor event and festival sector.
Michelle Tayton, event director of the Festival Supplier Awards comments: “The quality of our shortlisted suppliers is outstanding, a welcome reminder of the excellence and professionalism that exists within the outdoor event and festival industry. We’re delighted that Well Dressed Tables has been recognised for its pursuit of excellence, given the tough competition in its field.”
With a focus on delivery, customer service and sustainable initiatives, the awards are judged by an esteemed panel of high profile industry experts. These include: Ben Robinson, From the Fields; Jon Hogan, Coventry City Council; Emma Reynolds Taylor, Library Productions; Suzy Griffiths, IMG; Alasdair Fowle, Co-op; Beckie Parsons, Judgeday; Harry Guthrie, HGEP; Ben Hardy, Richmond Event Management; Emily Muirhead, Vision Nine; Denis Dooley, New Forest Show; Frankie Tee, Enteetainment; Neil Levene, Brand Events; Becky Gundry, Festival Republic; Chris Johnson, Powerful thinking; Jon Drape, Engine No 4; Susan Lees, Culture Liverpool and Craig Greaves, CSG Events.
The award ceremony and gala dinner is eagerly anticipated and will be held at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday 30th January 2020.
After a fallow year, we were thrilled to be back at Worthy Farm for what was THE BEST YEAR EVER! With more than 200,000 people over the 5 days with some of the Music industries finest and up and coming artists, it was a blast.
In preparation for what was going to be a scorching hot weekend, we picked out some of our finest furniture to match the design brief for the Artists dressing rooms and green rooms at The Pyramid and Other Stages. This year we were able to introduce some of our new collection to The Pyramid backstage areas with luxurious sumptuous soft touch sofas and bespoke made coffee tables with some rustic charm. We demonstrated the ultimate leap forward in design, luxury and comfort for this year’s event.
Arena was once again selected as structures and furniture supplier for another major race meeting hosted by The Jockey Club, The Grand National at Aintree from 4 to 6 April 2019.
Having worked closely with The Jockey Club for more than 35 years, Arena has provided a variety of structures, seating and furniture for the various events; Epsom Derby, Newmarket and The Festival at Cheltenham – so they are no strangers to the race day run of events and their exacting requirements.
As well as supplying and building the temporary structures for the three-day event, Arena has delivered temporary grandstands, staircases, viewing platforms and a range of furniture for the hospitality suites, food and beverage outlets, the parade ring, behind the scenes areas for owners and jockeys, and perhaps the most highly regarded section of all, the Queen Mother Stand.
The prestigious event attracts thousands of racegoers each year for racing, music, food, and entertainment, with millions more across the globe tuning in from home, so the pressure is always on for suppliers to get it right.
Chris Morris, recently appointed CEO for Arena UK & Europe, said: “The seating, structures, and furniture were delivered safely and on schedule which is crucial for such a long-running event with the Grand National entering its 172nd staging at Aintree this year.
“A key client benefit of working with Arena is having multiple event elements delivered and installed by one company, and with over 1,000 items of furniture alone, it demonstrates the sheer scale and magnitude of this event. Teams working on site who get along and work well together can be the difference between a successful event and a complete disaster. Our clients are in safe hands with Arena, we have years of experience working on complex events across multiple product and service offerings and always deliver the Arena Standard unequivocally.”
We were thrilled to support The Festival presented by Magners at Cheltenham for the 15th consecutive year. Guests at The Festival will join a quarter of a million others to catch the highlight of the Jump race season and enjoy undoubtedly one of the most popular racing events in the UK calendar, between March 12th and 15th 2019.
Arena’s triple-deck structure, the longest in the world at 180m long, was the focal point of The Festival, housing a sumptuous smorgasbord of course-side hospitality. The phenomenal structure will accommodate more than 25,000 hospitality guests across the four days.
The interiors, also delivered by Arena, have surpassed expectations this year. Customers had a fantastic choice of a variety of luxurious settings and stunning environments to suit every budget.
Arena also installed 1,000 Clearview, tiered, terraced seats in the Guinness Stand and 1,000 seats in the Best Mate Stand and the Head on Stand, ensuring festival goers don’t comprise on comfort when viewing the thrilling racing. Several viewing platforms and crucially, standby cover during the event complete the Arena seating offering.
Well Dressed Tables, Arena’s furniture hire and catering equipment hire company supplied over 15,000 covers of catering equipment across the site using some more quirky pieces for Chez Roux, Theatre Restaurant, Bentley and the new Horse & Groom Pub. This included new bespoke Marble plates, coloured Highgate water glasses and our eclectic range of gold cutlery.
Christopher Piggott, Managing Director of Well Dressed Tables, explains:
‘’We’re delighted to have supplied The Festival with a vast range of catering equipment and furniture across the site with a key focus on the Tented Village. Significant investment was made into bespoke new ranges including new furniture and bespoke pieces of catering equipment. Our team has done a fantastic job working together to deliver my favourite Cheltenham Festival of the last few years, many of the new areas have been real show stoppers’’.
Arena’s furniture hire specialists, Spaceworks provided a wide range of furniture across multiple areas of The Festival site, including The Jockey Club Chalet, Final Fence Restaurant, Chez Roux Boxes and the new Horse & Groom Pub. The array of furniture supplied from the company’s extensive inventory included Oak Cross Back Chairs and matching bespoke made Wooden Dining Tables, Spectra Dining Chairs, new Blenheim Soft Furnishings and more.experiences offered to VIP guests are truly memorable.
With news that the government is considering stocking up on processed foods ‘just in case’ we crash out, we’re ready with over 200 cold rooms and dry stores available to hire with minimal notice to help you keep foods fresh and stored in the appropriate environment.
In the UK we only produce about half of what we eat and around 40% of our fresh produce comes from the EU. Key facts we may never have realised before now. Stockpiling may be the only sensible thing left to do!
The food industry including our contract caterers, event caterers and our favourite retailers are highly dependent on high quality European produce so don’t let your consumers be without their favourite spices, fresh fruit and veg, olive oils and more, the list is endless along with key medical supplies. It’s not just our retailers and favourite foodie establishments, it’s our pharmaceuticals too. Anything that puts a barrier in the flow of the distribution, could potentially increase costs and reduce the freshness of our much loved fresh produce. The vast amount of produce we bring into the UK requires temperature controlled storage.
With the impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit looming, why not be prepared with a contingency plan with a simple storage solution such as a temporary cold room or dry store, available for short term and long term hires. We have a 24 hour emergency call out team available and have multiple depots to service the UK’s requirements often within a matter of hours. Our largest cold rooms and dry stores can hold up to 30 pallets.
Don’t have a meltdown, contact us today to discuss our cold store solutions. You can reach us on 020 8545 6000 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The largest UK event supplier, Arena, expands its product portfolio with the acquisition of specialist cold room business, Ice House Rentals Ltd.
Event supplier, Arena, has bought long-established providers of temporary cold rooms, Ice House Rentals Ltd. This latest acquisition will see the cold room specialist company be integrated into Arena’s current furniture and tableware business, Well Dressed Tables.
Arena UK & Europe CEO, Grahame Muir, states:
“Much like our recent acquisition of furniture specialist hire company, GLD, the acquisition of Ice House Rentals Ltd is set to significantly strengthen our offering to existing clients as well as attracting new clients to Arena’s services. Ice House Rentals Ltd has in excess of 215 cold rooms and like Arena has supplied some of the most prestigious events, such as their work in supplying over 90 cold rooms to Royal Ascot. As a leader in the events market, we hope this acquisition will further solidify Arena’s position as the business that can provide the highest quality turnkey service to those who choose to use us.”
Christopher Piggott, Managing Director of Well Dressed Tables, explains:
“This is a fantastic acquisition for the division. The ethos of quality, service and reliability, which is driven by the directors of Ice House Rentals Ltd, complements the values and standards of Arena. For Well Dressed Tables, as a division, this develops the portfolio of products that we can now offer our clients, making us truly a ‘one stop’ supplier.”
Ice House Rentals Ltd will continue to be based at its Hook facility, in Hampshire.
Tom Scott, Ice House Rentals Ltd Managing Director states:
“Joining Arena provides us with a real sense of pride. To become part of a public company is a validation of the work we have done, providing security of supply for our clients well into the next decade. We look forward to growing our business within the Arena umbrella.”
Arena Group has expanded its product portfolio with the acquisition of specialist furniture hire business GLD Productions.
The largest UK owned event production supplier, Arena, has bought GLD Productions Ltd with all stock and staff being incorporated into the Group’s Spaceworks Furniture Hire division.
Grahame Muir, CEO Arena Group UK & Europe, said: “Since our 2017 stock market flotation we have been looking to strengthen our offering to clients, which this acquisition certainly will. The addition of new products, a very experienced and talented team will all help deliver the growth we believe is possible within this sector.
“Our ability to continue supporting the live music sector remains a very important cornerstone of this business unit going forward. We are delighted with this outcome and the opportunity to widen our offering within the live events marketplace.”
GLD’s staff and stock will be located at Arena’s Membury facility, complimenting and bolstering the capability of Spacework’s Furniture Hire within the Group under Managing Director, Chris Piggott. Dave Withey, Arena UK & Europe Sales Director, will assist in the development of GLD’s music and touring business.
Graeme Dixon, GLD Managing Director states:
“We are delighted to join the Arena Group. To become part of a public company is a validation of the work we have done, providing security of supply for our clients well into the next decade and we look forward to growing our business within the Arena Group umbrella.”
Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract to deliver high-end contemporary interior design and complete internal fit out for events at Newmarket Racecourse.
Following a record year working with Jockey Club racecourses, Arena Group have been appointed to oversee the full interior design of Newmarket’s’ temporary infrastructure during its most notable dates in the equestrian calendar including the Qipco Guineas Festival and the Moet & Chandon July Festival.
Arena’s highly-skilled interiors team, will utilise the latest cutting edge design and CAD technology to transform creative client briefs from initial concept drawings and 3D visualisations, to seeing the project through to on site delivery and completion.
From branded areas, ambient decor and VIP hospitality, the team will help Newmarket Racecourse to create luxurious, temporary event environments with a high-end permanent feel. Following a series of recent product investments, sister company Spaceworks Furniture Hire supplied contemporary new event furniture to help create fresh new looks in the sponsor and public spaces. This included the new Grey Winged Armchairs, Hampstead lounge chairs in blue and the Kensington aubergine tub chairs.
Newmarket Racecourse’s Regional Head of Operations, Gemma Steve comments: “The Jockey Club has a long standing relationship with Arena, with them advising on, and delivering, state-of-the-art temporary environments. As a venue we are always looking for ways to enhance our offering and improve both the sponsor and spectator experience. With Arena Group and their sister company’s at the forefront of designing hospitality venues, we were keen to utilise their expertise to help us achieve an updated design brief and fresh customer experience.”
Newmarket Racecourse organisers will benefit from a wealth of in-house experience including project management, CAD designers, operations team and event engineers to ensure contemporary event environments enhance the needs of prestigious brand and sponsor identities. This contract now sees Arena UK & Europe add interior fit out to its full list of Jockey Club services, including temporary structures, spectator seating, event scaffolding, furniture and tableware.