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.
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.
250 years of experience in the events industry. We pride ourselves in our people, the foundation of our success.
Dedicated to delivering high quality elegant products, and a premium and personal client experience.
The health and safety of our employees and clients, is paramount.
Innovative and creative solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations.
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.
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.
A diverse, extensive product range and integrated service offering around the world.
Putting our customers first, and providing value for money solutions.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Greg became Group CEO of Arena Group in 2011, following the acquisition of Arena Structures and Seating in 2007.
Greg joined Davy Stockbrokers in 1987 and was a director of Davy Corporate Finance until 1992. In 1993 he joined Allegro Limited, an Irish distribution business, and was part of the senior executive team that carried out a buy-out of the business later that year. He left the business in 2000 shortly after the business was sold. He held a number of posts during 2000-2004, mainly on a consultancy basis and he acquired his first business in the event rental sector in 2004 called Hireall along with his former Allegro business partner.
Greg qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 1982 and subsequently worked with KPMG in both Minneapolis and Dublin.
Steve became Group Finance Director in September 2019.
Steve has held executive roles in a number of public and private businesses, most recently taking over as the Chief Executive of Evans Cycles in October 2018, following its acquisition by Sports Direct International. Prior to joining Evans, originally as CFO in 2016,
Steve was at HSS Hire for over seven years and was CFO from 2014.
Chris was appointed CEO of the UK & Europe division in March 2019 and is based in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Before joining Arena, Chris was most recently Managing Director of the Events and Destinations Division of CH & Co, a leading catering and hospitality group and spent 9 years working with the Rugby Football Union as Managing Director of Twickenham Experience Ltd. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of the Sports and Events Division of Compass Group plc.
Chris has an MBA from Henley Management College, and a BA Combined Hons in Ancient History and Archaeology from Exeter University.
Paul was appointed CEO of Arena Middle East & Asia in 2009 and has more recently taken over as CEO of the newly formed Arena EMEA region. Paul is responsible for Arena’s operations in the UK, Europe, the UAE, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.
Paul brings a long history of working in events and a strong knowledge of the Middle East, having moved to Dubai in 1993 with BBDO (part of OMNICOM Group), working as an account director for global brands such as Pepsi, Emirates and General Motors. In 2004 Paul set up his own sports marketing business, focusing on F1 and other motor sports. In 2008 he became a director of Harlequin Marquees, becoming the CEO and a shareholder a year later, which was then acquired by Arena Group and became part of Arena Middle East & Asia
Paul Bryant joined Arena as CEO of the Americas division in early 2017.
His most recent role was as EVP and CCO of IEWC Corp, an employee-owned, Milwaukee-based global distributor of wire, cable and wire management products where he also served as trustee, committee member and executive director. Paul has also led various business units within NOVA Chemicals Corporation, a multi-billion dollar, publicly traded manufacture of refinery products, primary petrochemicals and polymers that is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. During his time with Nova, Paul championed global businesses including Styrene & Aromatics as well as Low Density & Linear Low-Density Polyethylene.
Paul holds an undergraduate degree in business from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and is a trained facilitator in Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
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