Marquee Hire is an award-winning, full-service marquee hire company

Trafalgar and JF Marquees is an award-winning, full-service marquee and event management company, founded by James Morris in 2007.

Like all great entrepreneurial ideas, JF began on the back of a beer mat, eventually building into one of the largest businesses of its kind in London and south-west England.

Part of this growth includes the merging with Trafalgar Marquees, founded by Stephen Shiner, who, as the current Operations Director, is the man behind the day-to-day runnings. Indeed, the joint venture has diversified the event company’s capabilities in size, scope and service.

This was just the first of two additional acquisitions, with Morris and Shiner, who have sites in Cobham, Marquee Hire Surrey, and Petworth,Marquee Hire Sussex, adding event furniture and Marquee Hire to their holdings.

LATEST NEWS

We’re delighted to be featured in the Surrey Advertiser Business news pages in a story headlined:

Such an Honour for James Morris to win this prestigious award.

Top marquees: Young entrepreneur scoops leading business award.

The article reports our Business Excellence Award as Best Marquee Hire, South East and names some of our blue chip clients such as The Royal Society, English Heritage and BP.

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Best Marquee Hire Company, South East 2016

We are extremely proud (and just a little bit excited), to announce our membership of Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

In becoming members of this dynamic business group, we not only join a number of our suppliers and clients but also reaffirm our commitment to doing business in Surrey.

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A BEAUTIFUL GOURMET WEDDING RECEPTION IN THE SURREY HILLS

Marquee Hire had the honour of providing a marquee for a special wedding, here’s what Justin from Catered by Justin had to say about the day.

Summer Wedding

Rob and Laura had a sneaky wedding at the register office in Sunny Surrey, but then came the full-on blessing in a farmer’s field 15 miles away where we held a marquee for ninety-eight guests.

It’s 10am and another day begins for the Catered by Justin team. The chefs have to get to the farm early as we always cook the meat slow and low from scratch on site. It’s better that way, of course.

Fabulous food platter for a Wedding

At noon the first of the ‘front of house’ crew turn up to chill down the wines, put up and decorate the tables, lay out the glassware and set up the bar. We always have this done in plenty of time so you would never know. The marquee was put up by Marquee Hire Sussex couple of days prior but we have to wait so nothing gets dusty.

At 2pm Rob and his best man arrive at the farm; the rest of the guests trickle in over the next hour and Laura arrives just after 3 o’clock (late, of course). They were all greeted by the mouth-watering aroma of the Dedham Vale beef cooking in our special outdoor oven, attended to by one of our brigade of chefs. Just a little sensory tease of what will be in store for the rest of the day.

As the service draws near, the guests make their way to their seats – bales of straw that blend with the picturesque backdrop of a countryside field here in beautiful Surrey.

It’s approaching 4 o’clock, the service has just ended – short but very sweet. Now all the guests gather outside the marquee for a glass of Sipsmith gin and rose lemonade (a fantastic long drink for a summer’s day) and an exquisite selection of canapés, while the newlyweds have a few photographs taken around the venue. The happy couple then join their guests for a quick chat before the meal (with a difference) is served.

At 5pm the best man boisterously requests that everyone make their way inside the marquee. It takes a good quarter of an hour to get all the guests to their places.

The sharing deli platters are already on the tables (two large dishes on each table of 10 guests) filling the room with colour. Such delectable fare invites the guests to simply tuck in and share; there are no awkward silences when it comes to sharing food.

At quarter to six the starters have been cleared and the bar team quickly top up everybody’s glasses ready for the speeches to begin. Laura decides to do things this way as her dad was really nervous about his speech; once they are all out of the way everybody can relax, enjoy the main course and the rest of the evening.

By half past six Rob and Laura have been suitably toasted and the main course is served – a beautiful gourmet BBQ accompanied by foreribs of succulent beef, sautéed new potatoes with honey and big bowls of seasonal salads, homemade sauces, and some sriracha chili for the more audacious guest. It’s a magnificent spread with a great point of difference to your average wedding offering.

A fine selection of red and white wine is served (approx. three glasses per person), which was provided by Rob and Laura. We did all the chilling down and sorted the glassware for them and, no, we didn’t charge them corkage, by the way.

At 7:30pm it’s time to cut the cake. We provide a lovely log end and sword for this and everybody takes lots of pics. As soon as this is done the cake is taken to the kitchen tent and cut up. On this occasion Rob and Laura opt to use the cake as the dessert, saving themselves quite a bit of cash. The Catered by Justin team just provide the plates, forks and cream.

Portman Square Garden Party

The freshly-brewed coffee, tea and infusions table is also ready at this point. We keep this available all night so people can pop by at any point for a pick-me-up and chill.

It’s now half past eight and time to gather everyone back into the marquee for the first dance… (Not exactly a YouTube sensation on this occasion). The music is provided by a local band called The Modern Apes, whom we actually recommended from a previous wedding. They had to learn the first dance song as it was a lesser-known hit by Blur which was not in their portfolio. Undeterred, they nailed it…

The bar is also now in full swing with a nice draught lager and a cask of ale from the new Wimbledon Brewery. They also have a choice selection of spirits, mixers and softies. The newlyweds provided much of the booze (apart from the lager and ale which we supplied), while the Catered by Justin crew came with all the glassware and ice. The bar itself was also provided by us. Rob also had a couple of bottles of special whiskey and a box of fine cigars to enjoy on the pop-up smoking terrace – a really nice, sophisticated touch.

It’s 11:30pm and people are starting to feel a little peckish after a considerable amount of dancing and the odd tipple. As if by magic a big tray or two of cheese toasties appear – they didn’t last very long…

It’s gone a quarter past midnight, last orders are announced and the music slows down a touch. Shortly after, the bar has closed and the band has played their encore. The taxis have been called. After-party, anyone?

One o’clock, the Catered by Justin team has cleared everything and tidied the marquee from top to bottom. We have loaded all the rubbish and empty bottles into our vans and prepare to leave the farm… Until our next soirée…

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Marquee Hire outstanding event

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH OPENS WOODBERRY WETLANDS

David Attenborough in one of our marquees for the launce of Woodberry Wetlands.

Our team had quite the ‘wild’ day out last weekend. Woodberry Wetlands approached our company to provide an event space for the opening of their beautiful wetlands centre on 30th April, after all it has been closed to the public for 200 years.

To add to the sense of occasion, the centre was opened by eminent broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.

With a note from the client; “Thanks for a grand job at Woodberry Wetlands launch”, it is another success to add to our proved track record in delivering outstanding marquee events.

THE EVENT

The opening of Woodberry Wetlands, a beautiful space centre to be opened by Sir David Attenborough on 30th April.

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge was simple for Marquee Hire Surrey, to create an exceptional marquee event space to hold VIP’s, press, and of course, Sir David for the opening of this stunning space in London.

Build and de-rig were to be on the same day, so our team needed to use a structure that could be set up and taken down within this timelines.

THE SOLUTION

Whilst the site spans the size of over 13 football pitches, the size allocated for the marquee was somewhat smaller.

Marquee Hire arrived on site on Saturday at 0730 to begin build of a 6m x21m marquee, which needed to be weighted using our marquee weights as it was situated on hard standing. The marquee needed one side open to enjoy the stunning vistas across the wetlands, with access to the rear for catering a services. At one end of the marquee a small stage was constructed for speeches and formalities.

There is no function that is too much of a challenge for Marquee Hire and Marquee Hire Sussex to handle. Their years of knowledge and expertise shows in the professionalism they show with every event.

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Celebrate your day in a special way

It’s your day in every way. Spring is a beautiful time of year for a wedding, the options are endless as to how to celebrate this special day. Choose from a daytime spring wedding to a night time wedding.

Marquee hire, lighting, London

Marquee Hire always start with an open mind and a blank canvas. The wedding marquees maze can be troublesome to negotiate at times. They would be thrilled to meet and discuss any ideas you may have.

They will develop a plan in relation to your ideas and in relation to colour schemes, size, linings, layout, furniture, music, catering, and facilities and so on.

Marquee Hire always work with you to ensure your wedding day is a memorable occasion, and that your wedding marquee is a part of this.

Flowers and wine on table for wedding.

Their team has years of experience in a huge variety of weddings and civil ceremonies to draw upon to ensure you can enjoy your day. They have extensive experience in creating bespoke marquees with special marquee hire themes to solve almost anything their clients choose to throw at them. In addition to this, they work to strict health and safety procedures ensuring that even their bespoke work is delivered not only to high standards but also delivered in a safe working manner. Their accredited member status of the marquee hire industry body (MUTA) is testament to this.

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Marquee Hire have spectacular themes available

Trafalgar & JF Marquees have been extremely busy these first few months of the year. They recently exhibited at an events conference in Kensington Olympia.

International Confex

The UK’s leading exhibition International Confex for the meetings and events industry, Marquee Hire exhibited on the 2nd and 3rd of March allowing Marquee Hire Surrey the opportunity of showcasing their large range of marquees.

Many people had the amazing opportunity to meet our award-winning team, as well our clients, like The Jockey Club, Hilton Hotels and many more. The event was extremely successful with many customers stopping for a chit-chat over tea and biscuits.

Aside from meeting and greeting the exhibitors, visitors were able to listen to keynote speeches from luminaries, such as model and actress Lily Cole, the founder of impossible.com, an altruistic social network, plus Goggle box’s Steph and Dom.

Other highlights included: a VIP lounge sponsored by Venuelior, chocolates courtesy of Montezuma and complimentary head shots for your social media accounts.

Marquee Hire Sussex team have extensive experience setting up marquees across Sussex, Surrey and beyond, each one can be customised to complement the style of event.

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Marquee Hire answer questions frequently asked

Marquee Hire have many years in the marquee industry having assisted thousands of individuals and corporate companies with events since inception. Marquee Hire have a team of professional staff who are trained in every aspect of marquees and co-ordinating functions.

With many reasons to throw a marquee party, from Weddings to Christmas, christenings to Bar mitzvahs or Bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, engagement parties and anniversaries might bring about some questions that we can help you answer. Marquee Hire Surrey are available if you have any unanswered questions.

Are the marquees safe? 

Yes, our marquees are fully staked and weighted and completely fire resistant and weatherproof. They are made in accordance with EC safety standards. However to ensure a dry floor in wet conditions we would recommend that you have a hard floor.

How many guests can I accommodate in a marquee? 

What type of event are you holding? Work out the number of guests, whether they will be seated or standing. Then you possibly need to add on space for dance floors, stages, reception areas. As a general rule of thumb you need 8 sq ft minimum per person for a standing event, 15 sq ft per person minimum if they are seated. Our advisors will be able to inform you of the size marquee you need. 

Marquee flooring 

Our normal flooring is matting – similar to coconut matting – which is a close weaved man-made fibre which is sufficient for most marquee surfaces. Friendly to high heels too! However we can provide hard flooring, which we would recommend that you cover with a carpet, if the surface requires it.

How many guests can I accommodate in a marquee? 

What type of event are you holding? Work out the number of guests, whether they will be seated or standing. Then you possibly need to add on space for dance floors, stages, reception areas. As a general rule of thumb you need 8 sq ft minimum per person for a standing event, 15 sq ft per person minimum if they are seated. Our advisors will be able to inform you of the size marquee you need.

A wedding fit for a princess

Have you ever wanted the wedding of your dreams? Perhaps as a little girl growing up you day dreamed about the perfect white wedding. The time has come for that special day and you can’t find a suitable venue within your budget or perhaps you have the perfect setting however there is nowhere to have the reception.

Marquee Hire will help make that special dream come true with some amazing marquee designs and décor. You can choose a winter wonderland wedding with special effect lighting and heating you will be able to dance the night away with the new love of your life and your friends.

The skies the limit with the right choice of marquee, you can fit it out in any theme you wish.

Marquee Hire have been involved in hundreds of weddings, functions and special events so they will be able to advise you the best as they draw on all the years of experience to give you sound advice.

Marquee Hire Surrey is your one stop marquee shop when it comes to corporate functions, christenings, weddings etc. they are often featured in magazines or in the news for events they are involved in. Go on line and you can do your own hiring calculation with Marquee Hire Sussex on line calculator for your convenience

Do you need coverage for temporary staff and should you get a broker?

James Morris owner of Marquee Hire a specialist marquee hire Surrey was interviewed for the Guardian, read what James has to say.

http://www.theguardian.com/simply-business-partner-zone/2015/aug/13/insurance-mistakes-your-business-making-how-to-avoid

Five insurance mistakes your business could be making, and how to avoid them

Do you need coverage for temporary staff and should you get a broker? Charlotte Simmonds answers your insurance dilemmas

Businessman

1. Do you understand “the extras”?

Certain kinds of insurance are mandatory. These include employers’ liability insurance, covering claims brought by staff who suffer illness or injury as a result of their work, and professional indemnity insurance, covering losses incurred by clients as a result of mistakes or bad advice (although currently this only applies to solicitors seeking admission to their professional body).

When purchasing coverage for the first time, most small businesses tend to get these basics right, says Mark Sharman, a claims manager at Simply Business (which specialises in insurance coverage for SMEs). He says the problem is that they forget “the extras” – those non-mandatory policies that could make a big difference if something goes wrong.

“We conducted some research among our customers in 2013 and found that around 75% say insurance documents are hard to read and insurance websites hard to navigate,” says Sharman. “That means a lot of people probably don’t know much beyond the basics.”

One example of this, says Sharman, is “business interruption insurance” – also known as business continuity insurance. This covers a business’ losses if it unexpectedly has to stop trading for a long period of time, such as if equipment is stolen or premises are damaged.

Kevin Pratt, an insurance expert for the financial products comparison website MoneySuperMarket, agrees that there are less familiar types of insurance to consider. He cites “key person insurance” and “income protection insurance” as two examples. “The former would pay out if an important member of your team was off ill or seriously injured for a lengthy period of time, and your business lost money or had to recruit a replacement. Income protection insurance will cover a sole trader if they become sick or injured and cannot work. These are both important for small businesses because people (yourself included) are such a valuable asset.”

2. Do you need coverage for temporary staff?

Employers are legally responsible for the safety of their staff, and the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 requires they have coverage of at least £5m. But do you fully understand who might be classed as an employee? It’s not just full-time staff but freelancers, contractors, apprentices, volunteers or interns may require coverage too, says Sharman.

“Say you’re a builder and you bring in contractors for extra support on a job,” he explains. “Does your employers’ liability insurance need to extend to them? The answer to this question doesn’t depend on the amount of time they work for you, it’s about the nature of the relationship. What amount of control do you have over what they do? What are the terms and conditions of their contract? It may be that you need to cover them even for a few days’ work. HSE [Health and Safety Executive, an independent watchdog] has good guidelines about who needs to be classed as an employee.”

3. What coverage is your landlord providing, and do you need more?

If your business is based in a premises (such as an office or shop), then you should have insurance to cover your equipment and/or stock, as well as public liability insurance – which covers any injury to a member of the public.

With so many small businesses based in a co-working space or serviced office buildings, it is critical to understand what type of coverage is and is not provided by your landlord, otherwise you risk either not having enough coverage or – on the flip side – paying for coverage twice.

Pratt spent 20 years running his own company before joining MoneySuperMarket, and describes his experience: “When I rented, the landlord had insurance for common areas in the building and the stairwell, but anything I took into my office – such as computers – I had to insure myself.

“If you are renting, talk to the landlord and understand to what extent they cover,” he advises. “If the coverage stops at your front door, then you need to get your own. Likewise make sure that you’re not paying for certain types of insurance twice, because you might be covered for things like public liability under your landlord’s policy.”

4. Should you ditch the DIY approach and get a broker?

Entrepreneur James Morris is the founder and managing director of Trafalgar and JF Marquees, which delivers high profile marquee events in London and the south of England.

It all began in 2007 when Morris wanted to see if he could turn his student overdraft into a business. He drew up a budget on the back of a beer mat and bought his first marquee. From the outset, Morris understood that insurance would form the bulk of his budget and that getting the right coverage was going to be critical. He says trying to become an insurance expert yourself is a waste of time; instead, invest in finding the right broker.

“When you are growing you’ve got to work out what your time is worth, and where it’s best spent,” he says. “Why would I spend hours researching policies myself? It’s not worth trying to save a quid here and there because ultimately when something goes wrong I want to know I’ve got an expert who has handled it.”

However Sharman says: “Nowadays online brokers can generate dozens of quotes from dozens of insurers in minutes, so there’s no reason you can’t take a DIY approach. Our platform at Simply Business is built exclusively for small businesses and we specialise here, so chances we’ll be able to cover you even if your needs are niche”.

5. Are you factoring in growth?

Morris has been working with the same broker since he started out, and says it’s important to find an individual or a company that isn’t too niche. He advises looking for specialism but also broad knowledge and expertise, because (all going to plan) your business is likely to grow.

“If you are small you’ve got to be a giant-killer; you want to punch above your weight,” he says. “We therefore needed a broker who understood the whole events industry, not just marquees. I wanted to work with someone whose brain I could scan for tips and tricks.”

Sharman of Simply Business agrees that you should be “thinking about the future” when creating an insurance plan. “Consider how much work you are likely to be taking on in six months or a year’s time – this could impact on the amount of employer’s liability or public liability insurance you need. If you plan ahead then you save the hassle of having to play catch-up with your policy.”

Marquees are fabulous for all occasions especially winter marquees and wedding marquees as you can choose from Marquee Hire large selection. Winter marquee hire is a great option in cold weather as you can have heating to warm up the occasion.

Marquee Hire the UK largest selection of marquees

Marquee Hire will make your dreams come true, have you ever longed for a fairy tale wedding … is this something that dreams are made of or can your dreams become reality? Marquee Hire have assisted hundreds of people over the years in marquee hire Sussex.

It is possible to have a fairy tale wedding in the middle of winter or a winter wonderland wedding in the middle of summer or how about a traditional wedding?  The flexibility of hiring a marquee allows you to have the freedom to have exactly what you would like. The décor and huge selections of themed marquees make this possible. Marquee Hire will transform any marquee into the dream venue.

Many people would have seen the press coverage over the years from big screen to small screen, online to offline. With Marquee Hire’s many years in the marquee industry have made them leading experts in Marquee Hire Surrey and marquee hire London.

Marquee Hire have their very own You Tube channel where you can find out about starting your own business, the latest news, tutorials and more….

Listed here are some of the media coverage recently.

Camera crew in our office.

The Big & Small Screen

Channel 4, “Seven Dwarfs: The Wedding”.
London Live, “Bethnal Green welcomes Bioscience Fair”.
YouTube, Our very own small screen – YouTube Channel!

Print

The Guardian, “Five top tips for video conferencing etiquette”.
The Guardian, “Top 10 Christmas reads and podcasts for entrepreneurs”.
Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at English Heritage’s Centenary Dinner at Kenwood House.

Marquee Hire have a fast online calculator for pricing

Portman Square Garden Party

Marquee Hire are the answer if you have ever dreamt of having a white wedding but not sure how to go about it or where to start?Marquee Hire Surrey are the people to speak to, not only do they have the UK largest Marquees for hire they have a team of consultants who have many years in the field of party planning and will ensure you have the wedding of your dreams within the confines of any budget they will ensure the occasion is special and one to cherish forever.

Perhaps you would like a more intimate wedding and a unique range of décor? Marquee Hire have literally hundreds of different designs, dance floors, décor and will ensure that your wishes are granted. Perhaps you are wondering how much is marquee hire? Click here marquee hire prices and you will be directed to an online calculator, within a few seconds you will have pricing to hand or speak to them today about one of the many options available, their competitive prices and excellent service delivery.

Feel confident with a team who are accredited members of MUTA Accreditation. 

F & TRAFALGAR MARQUEES AWARDED MUTA ACCREDITATION

Whilst this is slightly old news, we thought we should update our lovely new website with some significant happenings earlier in the year.

Back in February, JF & Trafalgar Marquees were accepted to become an accredited member of our renowned industry body (MUTA). We were delighted at the news, and the move reaffirms our dedication to delivering marquee hire with, not only fantastic service but also with a proven health and safety track record.

Our Operations Director, Stephen Shiner comments that being part of MUTA “will not only build upon our commitment to fantastic client service, but also takes note of our already comprehensive Health and Safety measures”. Moving forward, this will allow our team access to the very latest industry insights and training, which will be evident in our enhanced offerings to our every growing client base.

It won’t be all tea and cakes, as being a member of MUTA is an on-going process to ensure our compliance with industry standards. A MUTA inspector will not only inspect our warehouse and offices but also inspect our sites, when we install a marquee in Surrey, Sussex or London and ensure that all at JF & Trafalgar Marquees are adhering to Health and Safety guidelines and along with other accreditation criteria.