Royal Patronage For Agricultural Show

HRH The Princess Royal has become Patron of the Royal Three Counties Show. Only last year, the Show was granted a prestigious Royal title – further endorsing its place as one of Britain’s top agricultural events. Organiser The Three Counties Agricultural Society, said it was thrilled with news of the patronage, which would help to strengthen the Royal connection, and give additional credence to its work to promote food, farming and rural enterprise.

New Wernick Event Hire Depot Manager

Brodie Shanks is the new Wernick Event Hire Depot Manager at Aldridge. After joining as Yard Fitternew_wernick in 2010, Jodie Shanks has climbed the ranks to become the new Depot Manager of Wernick Event Hire’s Aldridge depot. Although he has an Events Management Degree, Brodie joined the Company as a Yard Fitter so he could learn about the product range. Brodie commented: “Starting in the yard was an excellent learning curve and I don’t think I could effectively sell our products or manage the people that worked with it without gaining this knowledge.

GL events repositions with UK group status for a total solution

GL events has repositioned its offering to those customers who are looking for a total solution for their event’s infrastructure and development in the UK by creating the GL events UK Group. Under the GL events UK Group umbrella will sit the various brands that have considerable heritage such as Owen Brown and Snowdens, as well as the newly named GL events Seating and Stadia. Scott Hayward, Managing Director of GL events UK Group, explains: “We have a considerable number of clients that now engage with several of our brands, as we can provide a complete package for their events.

Baird Capital Invests £10.1m in Watkins Hire

Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co., is investing £10.1 million in Watkins Hire (Watkins), a provider of industrial and commercial heating and cooling equipment rental services. Watkins will use the funding to expand its rental fleet to support business growth and to invest in its engineering, operational and service infrastructure. As part of the transaction, Baird Capital is backing experienced executive Paul O’Kelly to lead Watkins as CEO.

Evet Advantage Solutions appoints Senior Account Director

Event Advantage Solutions (EAS) has appointed Nicky Hale to the newly created role of Seniorevet_advantage Account Director andGeneral Manager UK, based at the company’s UK Office in Shoreditch, London. Nicky’s primary focus will beto help with the ongoing growth of the company and assist in ensuring EAS continues to offer first class service and ground breaking systems to the industry. Client liaison will be key, as will the efficient implementation of the wide ranging and international projects managed by EAS – as the primary supplier for event accreditation and registration systems.

Her move to EAS sees her step from event management to event supplier side, having previously worked for Seatrade Communications Ltd, publisher and organiser of maritime exhibitions and conferences. In her last role of Middle East Events Manager she was responsible for the running of the company’s main exhibitions. Nicky’s experience also spans many years working in database and registration system management and brings with her a wealth of knowledge across all facets of events.

Nicky says: “I am certainly joining EAS at an exciting time. The company is growing internationally with an increasing number of new business wins in South America and Africa and their data management technology is leading the way. I believe my background and skills are a perfect fit with the demands.

Jacqui Kavanagh announced as HBAA vice chair for 2014

Jacqui Kavanagh, managing director of Trinity Event Solutions, has been elected to the position of HBAA’s vice chair. An active member of the HBAA since its inception in 1997, she will continue to help the association raise its profile within the industry with the aim of increasing membership and will be responsible for driving best practice and innovation within the association.

Wernick Eventlink partnership with Cancer Research UK

After many years of successfully supporting Cancer Research UK, Wernick Eventlink has just signedwernick_eventlink a new three-year deal to supply equipment for their UK events. Between May and October 2013 Wernick Eventlink supported over 266 Race for Life events, including 4 new Pretty Muddy events, Shine and 19 Race for Life Twilight events. Products such as crowd control fencing and barriers, stages, trussing structures and pop-up marquees were supplied. These events raised over £60 million pounds for the charity.

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