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News: Gala Tent celebrates record breaking month

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Rotherham-based Gala Tent Ltd, one of the UK's leading producers of marquees, tents and pop-up gazebos, has achieved a record breaking month of sales, as the company's income for a single month exceeds the £1m mark, for the first time in its operating history.

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 a marked increase in demand for its marquees, gazebos, furniture and printed products from commercial and domestic customers throughout Europe.

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June's record-breaking sales come at the peak of Gala Tent's trading year and follows a continuous month-on-month streak of growth, with sales topping £4m in the first two quarters, an increase of 8% on the same period last year.

Gala Tent has seen significant growth within the European market, the company has eleven distributors across Europe which so far have remained unaffected by the UK's decision to part from the EU.

An increase in demand from market operators has also bolstered Gala Tent's sales, with the company forming strong partnerships with NABMA, FARMA and Europe's largest market operator, Groupe Geraud.

Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent Ltd (pictured), said: "This year has been our best year of trading to date and for any business to achieve one million pounds in sales within a month is a significant milestone. We've seen an increase in demand from a number of different sectors, both at home and across Europe and seen demand rise in a number of different industries; perhaps most notably from market operators and the motorsports sector.

"We've also strengthened our team with several key appointments, and although it's still relatively early days, all eight new members of staff are helping to play a positive role in the business.

"The motorsports sector is a relatively new one for us and after deciding to sponsor the Le Mans race team United Autosports, we've been seeing impressive results both on and off the grid."

Gala Tent's sister company, Gala Graphics, has also seen a notable increase in sales with turnover doubling in the first two quarters of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

Glen Robinson, managing director of Gala Graphics, said: "Over the past twelve months, we've diversified the range of marketing products sold through Gala Graphics and this is helped us to double our own turnover within our own right.

"I've worked for Gala Tent for over ten years and during that time I've seen the business change beyond all recognition and achieving this miletone is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of all of our members of staff. We've been close a few times in recent months, but to finally reach the target is a terrific feeling."

Gala Tent website

Images: Gala Tent

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