Monday, September 21, 2020

Pandemic leads to growth for Rotherham event structure maker

Gala Tent, an event structure manufacturer based in Rotherham, has reported growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has recently posted consecutive monthly revenue of £1 million, with 33% growth year-on-year for July and 49% for August.

According to company co-owner Mark Thompson, the lockdown presented a challenge at first, with 70% of staff on furlough during March and April. However, with the increase in tents needed for pop-up testing centres, the company were well placed.

“All of our usual markets had gone into total lockdown and we had a 60,000 sq ft warehouse packed out with stock for the summer season, so we had to look at where our products could help in the pandemic,” said Mr Thompson.

“If you’re going to succeed as a company, you need to know that you can change direction at a minute’s notice and carry on regardless.

“The beauty of our products is their versatility. It’s a wedding marquee one year, but now it’s a way of pubs expanding their premises to ensure their own revenues don’t drop, or for schools to protect their children in the social distancing era, or for retailers to cover their queuing customers.

“Our telephone lines have never been busier. Our competitors are showing as out of stock for most of their own products, as there’s genuinely a nationwide shortage on marquees and gazebos.

“However, we’re still able to fulfil orders for many of our structures, with thousands of tents in stock, and new stock coming in on a weekly basis to fulfil back orders.”

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