Thursday, June 16, 2016

News: Gala Tent increases market share

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Rotherham-based Gala Tent Ltd, one of the UK's leading producers of marquees, tents and pop-up gazebos, has recruited five additional permanent members of staff to its sales and operations teams after seeing demand rise within its market stalls and printing divisions during the first half of the year.

Founded in 1999, Gala Tent has grown to sell over 15,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 100,000 event accessories and furniture products. It grew from a table top operation in Grimethorpe to a company with a turnover of £10m having moved into new 53,000 sq ft headquarters at Fairfield Park in Manvers in 2011.

The firm has seen sales grow by more than 13% compared to the first half of 2015, with both UK and European sales helping to increase its market share.

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Over the past twelve months the company has secured national contracts with a number of market trade organisations including NABMA, FARMA, Love Your Local Market, Teenage Markets and Groupe Geraud, as well as supplying outdoor market stalls to a number of local authorities across the UK - including 95 to Rotherham's award-winning outdoor street market.

The company's dedicated printing division, which was launched in January 2014, specialises in large-scale print including exhibition stands, signage and even customised wallpaper which has seen orders increase by 100%.

Jason Mace, managing director at Gala Tent, said sales figures "Have just got better and better."

He added: "We have had a brilliant couple of years sales-wise and the first six months of 2016 have been especially successful, with the company not only achieving growth in the UK, but across Europe. We currently export our products to 11 countries across Europe, securing a number of notable new clients.

"Over the past twelve months we have concentrated upon building our presence with the market trade and motorsport sectors, and the investment we have made is paying off. It has prompted us to invest in our staff and the five new recruits will be responsible for driving future growth within the business, with three taking up roles in the company’s sales team and the other two taking up roles within the company's printing division."

Gala Tent website

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