Cheltenham Festival 2019

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.

Our Fresh Approach To Brexit

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 sales@welldressedtables.co.uk

 

Arena Acquires Bash Bars Ltd

We are delighted to announce that Arena Group PLC has acquired specialist modular bar supplier Bash Bars Ltd, continuing our mission to improve our offering to you. The company’s stock will relocate the short distance to our Wimbledon facility in the next 6 weeks.

 

Bash Bars will operate alongside Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks, creating a stronger furniture division with a wider product range, extended staff skill set and a diverse client base in new sectors.

 

Bash Bars is a respected brand with over 15 years delivering bar solutions to events ranging from private society functions to major sporting events not limited to but including Goodwood Festival of Speed, Wimbledon to name a few.

 

We are committed to continue investing, in order to offer you a constantly improving service and specialist assets for your events by creating memorable environments. We thank you for your support to this point and hope we can continue to work with you long into the future.

 

 

Arena Acquires Ice House Rentals Ltd

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.”

Well Dressed Tables win Foodbuy Conference Award

Well Dressed Tables received ‘Implementation’ award at the Foodbuy Conference and Awards 2018, held at London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre.

 

This was the first formal award Well Dressed Tables has received, although the company has contributed to award winning projects with their parent company, Arena Group. Well Dressed Tables are known in the industry for their work with some of Britain’s most successful PLCs, blue chip companies and exclusive events. Hiring out 21 million items each year and delivering on 9000 contracts is no mean feat and the Foodbuy Conference Award for ‘Implementation’ recognises some of this work.

Foodbuy is a leading food procurement organisation based in the UK and proudly part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, who are its parent company and largest client. The Foodbuy Conference and Awards provided an opportunity for Foodbuy to recognise and celebrate the excellent contribution its suppliers have made to the business in the previous year.

As part of Well Dressed Table’s partnership with Foodbuy, Well Dressed Tables delivered catering equipment and event furniture to some of the UK’s biggest sporting events during 2017, through Levy UK, Compass’ sports and leisure catering specialist.

Well Dressed Tables were also commended for their ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders, including chefs and catering managers, resulting in the team fully understanding the ever-changing needs of customers.

Chris Smith, Racing Operations Manager South West of Jockey Club Catering, said: “The service delivery from the Sales & Marketing Director and her team is second to none, and the on the ground support from the operations teams has been faultless since we first started working with them.”

Chris Piggott, Managing Director of Well Dressed Tables said: “We’re delighted to be recognised at the Foodbuy Conference Awards 2018. Our team work very hard to ensure our contracts are implemented effectively and do this with exceptionally high standards of customer service in the process. We’re confident it’s what sets us apart from our competitors and to see that more formally acknowledged by this award is testament to the team’s hard work and shared ethos.”

 

 

Arena Group expands portfolio with acquisition of GLD Productions

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.”

 

 

Well Dressed Tables U.S.A

We’re excited to announce that Arena Americas have recently launched Well Dressed Tables in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an exciting new development for the Arena Group launching Well Dressed Tables within the Arena Americas division. For your next event in the U.S contact the team by clicking here.

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Newmarket 2017

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.

 

146th Open at Royal Birkdale

Record breaking crowds benefited from the temporary infrastructure at The Open 2017, delivered by four divisions of Arena UK & Europe: Arena Structures, Spaceworks, Well Dressed Tables and Arena RIM Scaffolding between July 19th and 23rd, 2017.

 

The attendance at The 146th Open surpassed the 230,000 mark set at Royal Liverpool in 2006, making it the largest-ever Championship held in England and reflected a 17% increase since The Open last visited Royal Birkdale in 2008. Record advance ticket sales made it the fastest-selling Championship in history and the fans were thrilled by a final day that resulted in Jordan Spieth lifting the coveted Claret Jug.

It wasn’t only the volume of people that tested the 26,000 sqm of on-course facilities provided by Arena Structures, the weather that added teeth to the links course from the players’ perspective ranged from gorgeous sunshine to torrential downpours with thunder and lightning and winds off the sea.

Huge demand for The Open’s official hospitality offering led to all six packages selling out, from our triple deck Patron’s Club which hosted the main brand partners to the Champions Club, running alongside bespoke HSBC and Mastercard structures and the impressive retail outlet housed in Arena’s flagship I-Novation temporary building.

 

At the other end of the installation Arena’s creative fit out teams transformed the temporary structures interiors into a variety of environments to suit the multiple requirements depending on usage and the brand occupying the space. Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables,  supplied expansive ranges of event furniture.

We look forward to the 147th Open taking place at Carnoustie (15th-22nd July 2018).

The Brompton Chair

This year we have welcomed a vast amount of new products including our Brompton Chair.

The Brompton Chair made it’s first appearance at The Open and is part of our range of Dining Chairs. With it’s wooden frame and ivory seat and back, it looks smart and looks perfect for formal & fine dining, weddings, hospitality events and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In stock and available to hire now! View our full range of dining chairs online now by clicking here.