Enabling extraordinary experiences across the world

Our distinctive high standard of product and service delivery has become revered and sought after, and is known as the ‘Arena Standard’, resulting in long-standing relationships with some of the most prestigious events in the world.  From the iconic to the intimate, the Arena Standard is never compromised.

History

We have grown from humble beginnings in the UK to a now global team of 1,224 employees across 18 depots across the globe. Our long history of over 250 years is marked by some key milestones.

The Arena Standard
Experience & Expertise

250 years of experience in the events industry. We pride ourselves in our people, the foundation of our success.

Premium Quality & Style

Dedicated to delivering high quality elegant products, and a premium and personal client experience.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our employees and clients, is paramount.

Innovation & Creativity

Innovative and creative solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations.

Solutions-Focused

We take a tailored approach to each project, providing bespoke solutions that fit the needs of the customer. We are determined to find the best solution to our client’s challenges.

Reliability & Efficiency

Designing and delivering global events on time, every time. Our clients feel safe knowing they can rely on Arena Group, entrusting their live event to our in-house experts.

Fully Integrated Offering

A diverse, extensive product range and integrated service offering around the world.

Value for Money

Putting our customers first, and providing value for money solutions.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision is to become the leading, most respected, integrated event solutions business in the world.

Our Mission is to ‘Deliver’ the Arena Standard of event experiences, globally.

We pride ourselves on delivering extraordinary and memorable live event experiences, safely, on time and within budget.

Our Values summarise everything we stand for, in everything we do: integrity, teamwork & excellence.

Integrity
  • We deliver high quality solutions – never compromised
  • We are always honest, we uphold transparency and trust in everything we do
  • We treat our employees, and clients with the utmost respect
  • Our customers can trust & rely on us to deliver on time, every time
Teamwork
  • We are a global team of multi-talented, multicultural, and hardworking people
  • We learn from each other’s ways of working, finding opportunities & synergies where we can achieve our collective goals together
  • Collaborative, consultative sharing of best practice across our global regions enables us to achieve the best results
Excellence
  • We deliver the highest quality event solutions for our clients
  • We encourage innovative & creative thinking within our organisation
  • Better never stops’ – our ethos at Arena

Health & Safety

We deliver an exceptionally high standard of product & service to our customers. Maintaining industry standard accreditations guarantees a high level of quality, and health & safety standards for our stakeholders. We hold the following accreditations:

Sustainability

Each division of Arena have robust policies in place for managing their environmental impact of their operations, including compliance with regulations.

Policies cover areas such as the disposal of materials, recycling, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste disposal.

We recently launched a highly sustainable, carbon negative product. We are committed to using sustainable materials, calculating our carbon footprint and off-setting this by planting trees in the UK. Our Ice division will be Carbon negative in 2019. Furthermore, by planting trees in the UK we are supporting the domestic environment and the British economy.

Why choose Arena?

Full Service Offering
Risk Free Logistics Chain
Experience & People
A World Class Product

Full Service Offering

We offer a wide range of events products and services. Our specialisms are seating, scaffolding, structures, ice rinks, furniture hire, interiors, fencing and barriers, cold rooms, bar hire, catering equipment hire, exhibition services, graphics and signage and flooring. You benefit from efficiency and convenience. Dealing with one trusted provider for all of your needs.

Risk Free Logistics Chain

We operate a risk free logistics chain. We own 100% of the equipment being provided for the lion share of our events. We control the storage, repair & maintenance so quality is guaranteed. With a global reach of 18 depots across 8 countries, our kit is never far from our customers venues, a benefit for our customers but also a positive environmental outcome with a reduced carbon footprint.

Experience & People

We have worked on complex projects for prestigious events since 1761. Over the years we have learnt a thing or two and love nothing more than sharing this experience with our partners. Our people are our livelihood, we boast long tenured employees and as a result we have unrivalled relationships with some of the most prestigious event organisers worldwide. Don’t take our word for it, take a look at our recent work.

A World Class Product

We are fully committed to delivering the Arena Standard without compromise. Focusing on quality, health and safety, and innovation is what sets us apart.

“Their professionalism, efficiency and endless good humour was evident at all times during both the challenging year of planning and the mammoth build/breakdown period. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with and I’m proud to have them as our partner.”

Louise Dixon Production Direction for Frieze Events Ltd

“Arena Americas products enable spectators at our major championships and Ryder Cup to enjoy the most memorable events in golf.” 

David Charles PGA Senior Director of Championships 

“I want to place on record our sincere thanks, on behalf of the AELTC and The Championships Department to the whole team at Arena. Once more the proverbial planned and unplanned kitchen sink has been thrown your way and without fail you have never not tried to help and in some cases have solved some AELTC issues, all of this has been hugely appreciated.” 

Stephen Farrow Fever-Tree Championships Tournament Director

Leadership

Our history dates back to 1761, when Sir Richard Edgington started a company to manufacture and sell tents, flags, ship ropes, and decorations for public events

Fast forward to 2000, under the ownership of Condover, the business becomes the premier temporary seating and structures business in the UK

Greg Lawless and Dermott Divilly buy Arena Structures and Arena Seating to form Arena Group

Growth continues with the company’s first overseas base following a 45 % investment in Harlequin Marquees in Dubai, UAE

We complete the acquisition of the remaining 55% of Harlequin in Dubai

February – MML Partners and Sports Investment Partners (SIP) take a significant stake in the Group, injecting additional equity to feed future growth. This investment provides the Group with the necessary financial resources to deliver over £30 million of products and services for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games

June – We provide seating, temporary structures, and furniture for multiple events during the London Summer Olympics

April – We acquire Karl’s Events based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the Group’s first step in the USA

May – Soon after, we acquire Malaysia based tenting manufacturer, Asia Tents – the Group’s first permanent base in Asia

August – We acquire 51% of Ironmonger Marquees in Hong Kong – establishing our first depot in Hong Kong 

2016 – We expand into scaffolding with the acquisition of RIM Scaffolding in the UK – a premier provider of event scaffolding in the UK and Asia

April – We further develop our seating and mass participation capabilities with the acquisition of  Wernick Events

July – A landmark for the Group, we IPO on AIM on the London Stock Exchange, raising £60 million for future growth and expansion

February – We expand our furniture offering in the UK with the acquisition of GLD Productions Ltd

April – The Group announces its first Full Year results as a listed company, reporting £109.6 million revenue, and £10.6 million Adjusted EBITDA.

May – The UK division adds temporary cold rooms to its offering with the acquisition of Ice House Rentals Ltd 

June – We expand into fencing and barriers with the acquisition of Events Solution Ltd in the UK

August – The Group raises £20 million through its first share Placing, since its IPO in July 2017, to fund acquisitions

September – We gain our first base on the US West Coast with the acquisition of California-based event rental company Stuart Rentals 

October – The Middle East division adds exhibition services to its capabilities with the acquisition of Dubai-based company TGP.

December – We add temporary bar hire to our ever-expanding list of products & services with the acquisition of Bash Bars in the UK.

January – We announce that we have won a Tokyo Olympics 2020 seating contract and a temporary hospitality structure contract for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo

March – We welcome a new UK CEO, Chris Morris, and UK Finance Director, Andrew Lawson, to the team